TENNIS: Aztecs struggle in early season conference

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

Sophomore Francisco Ton goes for a front hand swing against Mesa CC.
Nicholas Trujillo / Aztec Press

After a series of scrimmages, the Pima Community College tennis teams played conference meets against Mesa and Glendale to start their season.

“The team adapts really well to play styles they have never seen before,” head coach Ian Esquer said.

WOMEN’S TEAM

March 9: PCC 0, Mesa CC 9

In their third match, the Aztecs (2-2, 1-2 conference) were swept at home by the No. 8 Mesa Community College Thunderbirds.

Aztec freshmen Emma Oropeza and Janine Fernando dropped the No. 1 doubles match 8-2.

Oropeza also dropped her No. 1 singles match, 6-2, 6-3.

Sophomore Ashley Ochoa played a close second set but fell 6-1, 7-5.

March 21: PCC 9, Glendale CC 0

Oropeza led a string of defeats against Glendale in singles, as she defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-2.

Freshmen Jayme Shafer and Elise Rodriguez dominated their No. 3 doubles 8-1.

MEN’S TEAM

March 9: PCC 0, Mesa CC 9

The No. 7 Mesa Community College Thunderbirds swept the Aztecs (2-1, 1-1 conference) in a home meet.

Pima sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton played a close doubles match but lost 9-8.

Avalos lost his No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 6-1. Ton lost his No. 2 singles match 6-0, 6-1.

March 21: PCC 8, Glendale CC 1

As the Aztecs dominate Glendale, Ton was able to come away with a big victory in his No. 2 singles in a three-set tie-breaker, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0.


ON DECK

MEN’S

March 23: Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.

March 29: Mesa CC, 11 a.m.

WOMEN’S

March 23: Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.

March 28: Eastern Arizona, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.

March 29: Mesa CC, 1:30 p.m.

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