By STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (3-2, 1-1 in ACCAC) fell in an ACCAC conference match against No. 6 Mesa Community College on March 1 at the Tucson Racquet Club where the No. 19 ranked Aztecs were shut out 9-0.
Freshmen Kelsey Brown and Samantha Ruth fell 8-6 in their No. 1 doubles match. They were behind 5-2 but cut the deficit to one point at 6-5.
At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Stephanie Nickles and freshman Fernanda Miller lost 8-0. In the No. 3 doubles match, freshman Dana Pineda and sophomore Ema Hernandez fell 8-0 to Hanna Nelson and Julia Ortiz.
In singles competition, Miller dropped her match at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-1 while Nickles lost at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0.
Brown fell at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-0 while Pineda was shut out in her No. 6 singles match 6-0, 6-0 to Ortiz. Ruth lost at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1 and Hernandez dropped her match at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-1.
PCC opened conference play on Feb. 25 at the Tucson Racquet Club in a big way.
PCC opened ACCAC conference play with a dominating sweep in singles and doubles to beat Eastern Arizona College 9-0.
Brown fell behind early in the set of her first match at No. 1 singles but rallied off 11 consecutive points to win her match. At No. 2 singles, Ruth fell behind 2-3 in the second set but came back to win 6-3, 7-5.
Nickles maintained the lead throughout her match at No. 3 singles to win 6-3, 6-2 while fellow Hernandez won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4 singles. Miller shut out her opponent and won 6-0, 6-5 at No. 5 singles. Pineda won at No. 6 singles.
In doubles competition, Brown and Ruth shut out their opponents at No. 1 doubles while Nickles and Miller won at No. 2 doubles play. Hernandez and Pineda rallied off three straight set points and won 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.
The Aztecs will play several nonconference matches in California during spring break, starting at San Diego Mesa College on March 14 at 2 p.m. On March 16, PCC goes up against Grossmont College at 1 p.m.
March 14: @ San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, 2 p.m.
March 16: @ GrossmontCollege, El Cajon, 1 p.m.
March 22: @ Glendale CC, 1:30 p.m.
March 23: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Tucson Racquet Club, 1 p.m.
March 24: Paradise Valley CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.