By MONTY GANTT
The Aztec Tennis teams took part in two matches on April 4 and 9. The men’s team won one and lost the other, while the women took victories in both outings.
April 9 vs. Paradise Valley CC (W 6-1)
The Aztecs finished regular season play with a .500 record of 3-3 after defeating the Pumas 6-1.
Sophomore Chris McDaniels won No. 1 singles after beating Tyler Peters 6-0, 6-3.
Freshman Oscar Aguilera defeated Jose Diaz in No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-3.
Sophomore Beau Boyer defeated Alex Hernandez 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles match.
McDaniels and Boyer lost a close No. 1 doubles match to Peters and Diaz 9-7. The Aztecs won the No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles matches after the Pumas forfeited those respective matches.
The Aztecs began NJCAA Region I Championship play on April 16-17 in Glendale.
April 4 vs. Glendale CC (L 5-4)
The Aztecs fell to a record of 2-3 after dropping a close ACCAC match against the Gauchos.
Freshman Darin Trejo lost a close No. 5 singles match to Landon Strickland. Aguilera defeated James Mineo in his No. 2 singles match 7-5, 6-3.
Boyer defeated Christian Mineo 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 in his No. 2 singles match.
In doubles, the No. 1 team of McDaniels and Boyer fell 8-1 to Francisco Angulo and David Rodriguez.
McDaniels tied the match at 4-4 after a No. 1 singles victory against Angulo in three sets (6-1, 5-7, 6-3).
In the No 3 singles match, freshman Edgar Franco battled Rodriguez in a three-set match. Franco won the first set 4-6, but dropped the next two 6-4 and 6-2. This lost set clinched the match for the Gauchos.
Pima was forced to forfeit its No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles matches.
The Aztecs and Gauchos split their regular season meetings. Pima won at Glendale on March 19 5-4.
April 9 vs. Paradise Valley CC (W 7-2)
The Pima Community College Women’s Tennis team finished out the regular season with a record of 5-3 after defeating the Pumas 7-2.
The Aztecs played in challenging doubles matches but came away with three victories. The freshmen duo of Melina Oropeza and Olivia Manheimer defeated Tia Silva and Baylee Decker 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles match.
Sophomore Ashley Fitzsimmons and freshman Valeria Miranda won the No. 2 doubles against Samantha Jo and Calli Chance 8-5.
In the No. 3 doubles, freshmen Jazmin Nunez and Noelia Carbajal beat Beatriz Lara and Leah Bookbinder 8-6.
The Aztecs were victorious in 4 of their 6 singles matches.
In the No. 1 singles, Manheimer defeated Silva 6-1, 6-2. Oropeza was victorious against Jo 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles match.
Nunez downed Bookbinder in the No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-2 while Carbajal took the No. 6 singles match by forfeit.
Fitzsimmons and Miranda dropped their No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches 6-3, 6-2 and 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 respectively.
April 4 at Glendale CC (W 7-2)
The Aztecs improved their record to 4-3 after defeating the Gauchos 7-2.
Manheimer and Oropeza won their No. 1 doubles match by default.
Sophomore Fitzsimmons and freshman Miranda won their No. 2 doubles match 8-1. The Aztecs had to forfeit their No. 3 doubles match.
On the singles side of the courts, Manheimer defeated Erin Sye 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles.
Fitzsimmons won the No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-0.
Miranda beat Clara Di Russo in the No. 4 singles match 6-3, 6-1. Nunez earned a win against Maria Mendez in the No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-4.
The Aztecs forfeited the No. 6 singles match.