By: Armando Harmon
The women’s tennis team continue their hot streak as they wrap up season and prep for the regional tournament. With only one lose against Eastern Arizona, Pima intends to seek revenge at the end of the month.
April 10: PCC 9, Paradise Valley 0
The Aztecs (7-1) close out the regular season with a shutout win on Tuesday over Paradise Valley Community College.
The No. 17 ranked Aztecs won 9-0 and finished the season undefeated at the West Campus Tennis Courts.
Sophomore Emma Oropeza rallied from being down 3-4 in the second set to beat Kelly Slattery 7-6, 6-4 in her No. 1 singles match. Fellow sophomore Janine Fernando also rallied in her second set with four straight points to beat Cheyanna Anderson 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. The No. 1 doubles duo of Oropeza and Fernando defeated Slattery and Baylee Decker 8-2.
Freshman Meghan Houk won her No. 3 singles match over Decker 6-1, 6-1 while sophomore Lien Nguyen picked up a shutout victory at No. 4 singles over Ali Ambriz 6-0, 6-0. Houk and Nguyen blanked Anderson and Calli Chance 8-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Freshman Ashley Fitzsimmons won her No. 5 singles match beating Chance 6-1, 6-1 and sophomore Jayme Shafer made quick work of Leah Bookfinder at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0. Fitzsimmons and Shafer downed Ambriz and Bookfinder at No. 3 doubles 8-1.
April 5: PCC 9, Glendale Community College 0
The Pima Community College women’s tennis team earned a clean sweep in its match against Glendale Community College on Thursday at the West Campus Tennis Courts.
The No. 17 ranked Aztecs beat the Gauchos 9-0.
The Aztecs did not surrender a single set point in singles play. Sophomore Oropeza defeated Erin Sye 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Fellow sophomore Fernando beat Cedellar Zula 6-0, 6-0 in her No. 2 singles match. Oropeza and Fernando earned an 8-0 shutout win at No. 1 doubles.
Freshman Houk won her No. 3 singles match over Clara Di 6-0, 6-0 and freshman Fitzsimmons took charge to top Cristina Diaz 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
Houk and No. 2 doubles partner Lien Nguyen won their match 8-1.
March 29: PCC 8, Mesa CC 1
Pima got back on track after they suffered its first lost. The No.17 Aztecs beat Mesa Community College with a demanding score of 8-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Oropeza and Fernando defeated Sala Yoshida and Cindy Anders 8-3. Fernando went to beat Anders in their No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-2. Oropeza dropped a close match to Yoshida at No. 1 singles 6-3, 7-5.
Freshman Houlk and No. 2 doubles partner Shafer topped Isabell Camacho and Vanessa Mitrica 8-2. Houk won her No. 3 singles match over Stephanie Alsman 6-0, 6-1.
Sophomore Rodriguez played at the No. 4 singles spot and beat Camacho 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Fitzsimmons earned her win at No. 5 singles as she defeated Mitrica 6-0, 6-2.
The Aztecs won the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles matches by default.
March 27: PCC 3, Eastern Arizona College 6
After a hot start into the season, the women’s tennis team of Pima Community College fell to the No.18 Gila Monsters of Eastern Arizona.
The No. 17-ranked Aztecs fell 6-3 in Thatcher. The Eastern Arizona team was able to avenge its loss against Pima last month as the team was upset in a close match of 5-4.
The Aztecs dropped two of the three doubles match-ups. The No. 3 doubles duo of freshmen Fitzsimmons and sophomore Shafer defendted Ashlyn Trejo and Heidi Simons 8-3.
Freshmen Houk and Nguyen lost in a tie-breaker to Polly Evans and Payton Cap at No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Oropeza and Fernando lost at No. 1.
Pima picked up two wins in the singles play, but it wasn’t enough to bring them back for the win.
Fitzsimmons won her No.5 match against Trejo 6-1, 6-4, while Shafer beat Simons at No. 6 singles 6-1, 6.0.
April 5: PCC 4, Glendale Community College 5
It came down to the final singles match but the Aztecs fell to No. 24 ranked Glendale Community College 5-4. The Aztecs won two of the three doubles match but dropped four of six in singles play.
Freshman Beau Boyer won the first set but dropped the final two in his loss to Noah Mendoza at No. 6 singles. The match clinched the win for the Gauchos.
Freshman Scott Mantelman battled back in his No. 3 singles match and forced a tie-breaker after his second set win. He dropped the third set to Charlie Zwolsman 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3.
Sophomore Tomothy Ou won his match at No. 1 singles over Abdella Mohammed while freshman Chris McDaniels won his No. 4 singles match over Jared McMurdie 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
Sophomore Francisco Sotelo fell at No. 2 singles to Hayate Sakaguchi 6-3, 6-3 while freshman Jonathan Wu lost at No. 5 singles to Bruno Deschamps 6-0, 6-3.
In doubles play, McDaniels and Boyer earned a hard-fought win at No. 3 doubles beating McMurdie and Mendoza 9-7. Ou and Mantelman beat Mohammed and Deschamps at No. 1 doubles 8-3.
Sotelo and Wu fell at No. 2 doubles to Sakaguchi and Zwolsman 8-1.
March 29: PCC 9, Mesa Community College 0
The Pima Community College men’s tennis team (1-3) was shut out in its ACCAC conference match on Thursday at Mesa Community College.
The Aztecs lost 9-0 to the No. 12-ranked Thunderbirds.
Freshmen Ou and Mantelman played tough singles matches that went to three-set tie-breakers.
Ou took the first set against Jorge Sala Frigeri, but dropped the next two sets as he fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Mantelman also took the first set in his match but couldn’t put away Artur Etzberger at No. 3 singles as he fell 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Sophomore Sotelo dropped his match at No. 2 singles to Gergo Rendek 6-0, 6-1. Freshman McDaniels lost to Yohann Prinsen 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Freshmen Wu and Boyer were shut out 6-0, 6-0 in their No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches respectively.
Ou and Mantelman fell to Rendek and Jeffery Martin 8-5 in their No. 1 doubles match. Sotelo and Wu were dropped by Sala Frigeri and Prinsen 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. The No. 3 doubles duo of McDaniels and Boyer lost to Lucas Severo and Erik Dallmann 8-2.