By ZACH AMENTA
Pima Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams booked tickets to the NJCAA national tournament after competing in the Region 1 tournament in Glendale April 22-23.
Women’s team in Texas
The women traveled to Tyler, Texas, to compete May 3-9 at the NJCAA Nationals Tournament.
Sophomore Amy Beeston was awarded the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship/Leadership award for Region 2, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The award was announced May 3 at a national tournament banquet.
“This is the most respected Intercollegiate Tennis Association award for players and I’m very proud of Amy for representing Pima with class and sportsmanship,” Pima coach Gretchen Schantz said.
At the regional tournament, the PCC women’s team had six byes.
Beeston enjoyed byes in No. 1 singles and at No. 1 doubles with partner sophomore Cayla Cordova. Beeston lost in the semifinals in both singles and doubles.
No. 2 singles Cordova destroyed Paradise Valley’s No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-0 but fell against Eastern Arizona’s No. 2 singles 1-6, 0-6.
No. 3 singles sophomore Helena Meyer had a first-round bye in singles. She beat Mesa in the semifinals 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. She lost the next day in the finals to Eastern Arizona 0-6, 1-6.
Meyer won in the opening round of No. 2 doubles along with freshman Cassidy McWhorter and then lost in the semifinals.
No. 4 singles sophomore Ashten Watts won her first singles match 6-0, 6-0 and then beat Eastern Arizona in the semifinals 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, moving her into the finals. Watts lost in the finals 1-6, 3-6 to Mesa.
Watts enjoyed a first round bye at No. 3 doubles with partner freshman Yani Alameda.
No. 5 singles McWhorter had a first-round bye in singles and then lost 1-6, 1-6 to Eastern Arizona.
No. 6 singles Alameda had a first-round bye in singles and then beat Eastern Arizona in singles 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Alameda battled for three hours and 15 minutes in the finals but lost 1-6, 6-4, 3-6 to Mesa. In the semifinals at No. 3 doubles, she again lost to Mesa after a two hour and four minute battle, losing 6-7, 4-6.
“It had ups and downs but overall we played well,” Watts said. “I think everyone is proud of how they played, no matter what.”
Men compete May 17-23
The men’s team finished as runners up to Mesa at the regional tournament. They will travel to Plano, Texas, May 17-23 to compete in the NJCAA Nationals Tournament.
At regionals, PCC’s men’s team took on Glendale in just about every match on the first day and then Mesa on the second day.
No. 1 singles Brian Soto beat Paradise Valley 6-4, 6-2. He also won at No. 1 doubles with partner freshman Richie Foitik 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 against Glendale.
Soto lost in the finals in singles against Mesa 0-6, 3-6 and then lost in the doubles final 4-6, 2-6.
No. 2 singles Foitik took on Glendale as well and coasted 6-2, 6-4. He lost a tough match against Mesa in the singles finals 1-6, 3-6.
No. 3 singles freshman Josh Henkel beat Glendale 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Glendale got some revenge against Henkel as they beat him and his partner sophomore Carlos Medina at No. 2 doubles 4-6, 4-6. Henkel lost in the singles final to Mesa 0-6, 2-6.
No. 4 singles Medina also took on Glendale as he posted the best singles score for PCC at 6-0, 6-1. He lost against Mesa in the singles final 0-6, 0-6.
Freshman Gabe Ortiz played at No. 5 singles against Glendale’s No. 5 singles in another long three set match. Ortiz fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 despite having a lead in the third set.
No. 6 singles freshman Aldo Amaya took on Glendale and won 6-1, 6-2. Amaya was shut out in the singles final 0-6, 0-6.
Freshman Trey Terry paired up with Amaya at No. 3 doubles and they beat Glendale 6-1, 6-3. They then lost in the finals to Mesa 0-6, 0-6.
“Regionals was a lot of fun and I think that our team did the best we could,” Soto said.
Five players were awarded second team all-conference: Henkel, Medina, Amaya, Foitik and Soto.