By D.R. WILLIAMS
Men’s tennis was back in the swing of things on Feb. 6 at Pima’s West Campus as the Aztecs fought back from an early deficit to win the day against a California team, Imperial Valley College.
Sophomore Jesus Lopez and freshman Curtis Jeffery secured the team’s first victory at No. 3 doubles 9-8 (7-3). Jeffery also won his No. 6 singles match 6-2, 6-0 while Lopez won his No. 4 singles matchup 6-0 with a retirement in the second set.
“It’s not how you want to win the second set but it will do,” Lopez said after the win. “But it is going to take a team effort to pull it out.”
Sophomore Landon Trejo won the No. 5 singles match 6-2, 6-3. He struggled earlier in the day, suffered an 8-1 loss at No. 2 doubles with partner Raj Singh Kaila.
“Something was off; I just wasn’t hitting like normal,” Trejo said after the doubles match.
Singh Kaila later fell in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
Marc Avalos had a tough outing with a loss at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1. He also fell short 9-8 (7-3) with doubles partner Dalton Reisig.
Reisig’s three-set singles victory, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, secured the team win by a count of 5-4 as the Aztecs started the season off on the right foot.
Feb. 20: Benedictine University (Mesa), Tucson Racquet Club, 1 p.m.
Feb. 22: Arizona Christian University, Tucson Racquet Club, 2 p.m.