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TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

After both of Pima Community College teams closed out regular season play, they then went to play in the regional tournament at the Paseo Rcquet Center in Glendale.

MEN’S TEAM

April 6: PCC 9, Glendale CC 0

In the final regular season home match, the men’s tennis team (4-3, 3-3 ACCAC) dominated its opponents.

Sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton swept both singles and doubles matches, 6-0, 6-0 for the singles match and 8-0 for the doubles match.

Sophomore Dalton Reisig also earned a shutout victory against the Gaucho’s, 6-0, 6-0. With the help of freshman Francisco Sotelo, he took another sweep victory in the No. 2 doubles,  8-0.

 

April 11: PCC 5, Paradise Valley 4

On the road for one more regular season game, the Aztecs come back home with a final win.

Avalos, slotted as the No.1 singles player, beat his opponent in a tight first set 7-5, 6-3.

Sotelo earned his win after losing his first set, but would come back to clinch the match in the tiebreaker and second set 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

In No. 6 singles, Kaila earned his win after a dominating first set, 6-0, 6-2.

For doubles, Resieg and Sotelo earned a win over the No. 2 doubles opponent, 8-6.

 

April 18: Regional I Tournament

The men’s team had a strong start to their post-season play. Avalos and Ton took the No. 1 doubles title. They lost the first game but rallied back to take the win against Mesa Community College, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Avalos however dropped his No. 1 singles match, 6-3, 6-2. Sotelo fell in his No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-2. Kaila also lost his match in a sweep at the No. 6 singles slot, 0-6, 0-6.

 

WOMEN’S TEAM

April 6: PCC 7, Glendale CC 2

With their final home matches approaching, the Aztecs (5-4, 4-4 ACCAC) are on the road for one last time against the Glendale Guacho’s.

Freshman Emma Oropeza, had the No. 1 singles slot, but lost to her opponent 6-2, 6-4.

In No. 2 and No. 3 singles, freshmen Janine Fernando and Lien Nguyen respectively, both won their matches 6-0, 6-1.

Freshman Jayme Shafer shut out her No. 5 singles match, 6-0, 6-0.

In the doubles matches, Oropeza and Fernando took dominated the No. 1 match, 8-1.

No. 2 doubles, Nguyen and sophomore Dana Pride lost their match, 8-3.

 

April 11: PCC 7, Paradise Valley 2

In their final game of the home season, the women’s team stays at home to take a dominating win over the Puma’s.

In the No. 1 slot, Oropeza dominated with a score of 6-1, 6-1.

Fernando, taking the No. 2 singles match, also showed poise as she won her sets 6-2, 6-0.

Nguyen earned her win in her No. 3 singles match with a score of 6-0, 6-2.

Shafer also beat out her competition in the No. 5 singles slot, 6-3, 7-5.

Oropeza and Fernando continued winning when they took the No. 2 win as well with a 8-2 victory.

Ngyuen and Ochoa would also take away a win in their doubles matches, 8-6.

 

April 18: Region I Tournament

All PCC women’s tennis members did not make it to a finals spot.

 

Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton won the No. 1 doubles title at the Region I Tournament.

TENNIS: Esquer still building program

TENNIS: Esquer still building program

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

With the Pima Community College tennis squads completing the first half of their season, head coach Ian Esquer will gear up his teams for the NJCAA Region I Tournament at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, Arizona.

“For the amount of time we have been practicing, they’ve done a good job of stepping up to the plate and competing against all kinds of teams,” Esquer said.

 MEN’S TEAM

March 23: Pima 3, Paradise Valley CC 6 

The Aztecs (2-3, 1-3 ACCAC) took a tough loss against the Pumas while playing on their home court at the West Campus.

Sophomore Mark Avalos won his singles and doubles matches. Avalos beat his No. 1 singles opponent 6-4, 6-1.

Fellow sophomore Francisco Ton paired with Avalos to win a tiebreaker doubles match 9-8, (7-2).

 March 29: PCC 2, Mesa CC 7

After packing their bags for another competition on the road, the Aztecs dropped seven matches to the Thunderbirds.

In the No. 1 doubles competition, sophomore duo Avalos and Ton lost their match, 8-2. Reisig was the only Aztec to put up a fight against his No. 3 singles dropping the match 6-4, 6-2.

 

 WOMEN’S TEAM

March 23: PCC 7, Paradise Valley CC 2

On the road, Pima (3-4, 2-4 ACCAC) took a different turn as the women’s team was able to give the Pumas a defeat on the Paradise Valley CC campus.

Freshman Jayme Shafer won her No. 5 singles after playing a close second set, 6-1, 7-5. Freshmen Emma Oropeza and Janine Fernando both won their No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches respectively.

Oropeza won in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-0, while Fernando won her match in the same fashion, 6-0, 6-1.

 March 28: PCC 3, Eastern Azona 6

PCC faced a tough match as they played the No. 22 Eastern Arizona College. The No. 2 doubles duo freshman

Lien Nguyen and sophomore Dana Pineda got the 8-1 win against the opposing Gila Monsters doubles team.

The No. 1 doubles duo Oropeza and Fernando dropped their match 8-5.

Freshmen Shafer and Elise Rodriguez both picked up their No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches, respectively. Shafer fought a tough first set and came out on top, winning 7-5, 6-4.

 March 29: PCC 0, Mesa CC 9

After playing the No. 22 ranked team in the nation, the Aztecs schedule amped up the difficulty level to play the No. 11 ranked Thunderbirds.

Shafer, who took the No. 5 singles spot, played a tough second set but ultimately fell to her opponent 6-0, 6-4.

ON DECK

MEN’S

April 11: at Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S

April 11: vs. Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.

TENNIS: Aztecs struggle in early season conference

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.

New coach surprises at preseason tourney

New coach surprises at preseason tourney

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

After a sweep against Imperial College, the Pima Community College men’s and women’s teams played in a preseason tournament in Mesa.

“It went really well,” head coach Ian Esquer said.

Other schools such as Eastern Arizona and Arizona Christian University weren’t expecting the new coach and his team to get as far as they did, Esquer said.

“I was happy everyone played and had fun,” he said.

MEN’S TEAM

ACCAC preseason tournament

For doubles, the men’s team got to the finals of the main draw and the semifinals of the back draw.

“Arizona Christian University played and we beat them in the finals, so they were pretty impressed, as was I,” Esquer said.

WOMEN’S TEAM

ACCAC preseason tournament

In singles, freshman Emma Oropeza made her way to the semifinals of the main draw, while freshmen Janine Fernando and Lien Nguyen reached the back draw finals.

In doubles Oropeza and Nguyen made it to the semi’s of the back draw.

Feb. 23: Eastern 8, PCC 1

PCC’s game in Thatcher resulted in just one win, from freshman Elise Rodriguez. She won her No. 6 singles 7-6. The Aztecs lost every other match on the road.

TENNIS: Team's sweep openers

TENNIS: Team’s sweep openers

By: Nicholas Trujillo

With a new coach at the helm for both Pima Community College tennis teams, Ian Esquer starts off his season 1-0, for the men’s and women’s teams.

MEN’S

Feb. 4: PCC 9, Imperial Valley 0

The men’s team earned a 9-0 sweep against Imperial Valley College. Fresman Francisco Sotelo swept his No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0.

Sophomores Jesus Lopez and Raj Singh Kaila also swept their opponents, No. 5 and No. 6 singles respectively, 6-0, 6-0.

In the doubles competition Sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton won their No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-1.

WOMEN’S

Feb. 4: PCC 7, Imperial Valley 2

The Aztecs took their win against Imperial Valley, with a 7-2 take over.

In singles, freshman Elise Rodriguez defeated her No. 6 singles, 6-0, 61.

In doubles, Rodriguez and freshman Jayme Shafer swept their No. 3 doubles 8-0.

 

ON DECK

MEN’s TEAM

Feb. 20-21: Scottsdale CC, Invitational, Sun City, 11 a.m.

WOMEN’S TEAM

Feb. 27-28: Estella Mountain CC Invitational, Goodyear, 10 a.m.

TENNIS: Ticket to nationals guaranteed for women's team

TENNIS: Ticket to nationals guaranteed for women’s team

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

Going to the ACCAC nationals will be as easy as showing up, for the women’s tennis team.

“The girls are excited because they’re going to play nationals for sure,” head coach Ian Esquer said.

The same can’t be said for the men’s team, as it will have to qualify in the top three at the regional competition.

Last season, the men’s tennis squad ended its run at the Region I championships. The women’s team ended with sophomore Noelle Karp losing in the No. 3 singles.

After coaches Brian Ramirez and Gretchen Schantz stepped down from their positions at season’s end, PCC hired former student Esquer to coach both teams.

Esquer played at the college from 2006-2008 and went to nationals both times. As coach, he hopes to bring out that same energy in his student-athletes.

“This year is going to be really interesting,” he said. “I got both teams with just four players last semester, and I thought it was going to be tough to fill up.”

He thinks his players will enjoy a good season.

“Both teams are improving a lot more since the semester started,” he said.

The number of players represent a major change since his time at PCC. In 2006, both teams had nine players. Esquer has six players on his teams now.

“It’s more even this time, compared to when I played,” he said. “You want a team that can play at the same level and at all positions and seeds.”

The women’s team will have its first game on Feb. 23 in Thatcher against Eastern Arizona College.

The men’s team begins play by hosting Mesa Community College on Feb. 28 at the West Campus tennis courts.


Sophomore Emma Oropeza serves ball in pre-season practice.
Nicholas Trujillo / Aztec Press


 

Men’s season comes to a close with loss

Men’s season comes to a close with loss

By D.R. WILLIAMS

The Aztecs finished their season with a final record of 4-7 (2-4 in ACCAC) after losing in the first day of Region I Championships in singles and doubles.

Freshman Marc Avalos lost his No. 1 singles match in a tough three-setter 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Freshman Dalton Reisig went down 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 singles spot. Together they lost the No. 1 doubles match 6-4, 6-2.

Freshman Raj Singh Kaila lost his No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Jesus Lopez was shut out in his No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0.

Together Singh Kaila and Lopez lost their No. 2 doubles match 6-3, 6-3.

Sophomore Landon Trejo was on the losing end of another three set match, 7-6(7-3), 1-6, 6-2 at the No 5 spot.

Freshman Curtis Jeffery was also shut out in his No. 6 match 6-0,   6-0.

Together Trejo and Jeffery were shut out in their No. 3 doubles match 6-0, 6-0.

Nationals await women’s team May 7-13

Nationals await women’s team May 7-13

By STEVEN FOWLER

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team closed out the Region I Championships at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale on April 20.

“I’m very proud of our runner-up finish at regionals this year,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.

The Aztecs advanced to eight of nine championship matches and finished in second place behind Mesa Community College.

“Every player competed well and has come a long way since the fall,” Schantz said.

In the singles competition, the Aztecs dropped all five single championship matches to Mesa players.

Sophomore Stephanie Nickles won the first set in her No. 4 singles match and rallied in the second set after trailing 1-4 to tie it at 4-4.

In the end, she fell 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Naa Ankrah.

Sophomore Kelsey Brown lost at No. 1 singles match to Emily Chang 6-1, 6-1 while freshman Samantha Ruth fell to Khanh Huynh 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

Sophomore Ema Hernandez dropped her No. 5 singles match to Hanna Nelson 6-1, 6-0 and freshman Fernanda Miller lost to Maria Garduno at No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-0.

All three of Pima’s doubles teams also advanced to the championship round but fell to the Thunderbirds in the end.

Brown and Ruth led the first set 3-1 but surrendered five straight set points. They fell to Chang and Huynh at No. 1 doubles 6-3, 6-2.

Hernandez and sophomore Noelle Karp took a 3-0 lead in their first set but lost to Yolena Carlon and Garduno 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

The Aztecs compete in the NJCAA National tournament in Tyler, Texas, on May 7-13.

“We are training hard to be ready for the high level of competition and for very humid conditions.”

“I’m hopeful for a strong finish at nationals to wrap up a solid season,” she added.

Aztecs finish with victory

Aztecs finish with victory

By D.R. WILLIAMS

The Aztecs finished the regular season on a high note with a victory against Paradise Valley Community College bringing their season record to 4-7 (2-4 in conference play.)

Freshman Dalton Reisig was the difference in the 5-4 win, taking the No. 2 singles match in two long sets 7-5, 6-4. Freshman Marc Avalos won his No. 1 singles match handedly 6-1, 6-1. The duo won their doubles match at the No. 1 spot 8-2.

Freshman Raj Singh Kaila dropped the No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Jesus Lopez was shut out in his No. 4 match 6-0, 6-0.

Sophomore Landon Trejo was defeated 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles match while freshman Curtis Jefferey was victorious in the No. 6 match, winning 6-0, 7-5.

The Aztecs played a close match against the New Mexico Military Institute on April 9 but lost 6-3. Avalos lost the No. 1 singles match 6-2, 7-5 in a tough effort.

Singh Kaila lost his match at the No. 3 singles spot 6-3, 7-5. Lopez won his second set at No. 4 singles but couldn’t come out on top losing 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 10-7.

Trejo beat his opponent 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 5 singles spot while Jeffery won his match at No. 6 singles by default as the other team did not have enough players. Avalos lost at No. 1 singles .

PCC will compete at the Region I championships at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, Ariz., on April 19-20.

Freshman Dalton Reisig deflects the ball during a match.

Freshman Dalton Reisig deflects the ball during a match.

Women's Tennis: PCC women looking ahead to postseason

Women’s Tennis: PCC women looking ahead to postseason

By STEVEN FOWLER

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (11-5, 6-2 in ACCAC) closed out the regular season in dominating

fashion as it earned a shutout win at Paradise Valley Community College on April 12.

Freshman Kelsey Brown shutout her opponent at No. 1 singles winning 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Samantha Ruth defeated

her opponent at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1. The No. 1 doubles duo of Brown and Ruth trounced the opposition 8-1.

At No. 3 singles, freshman Dana Pineda won her match 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Stephanie Nickles shut down her

opponent in the first set and won her No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-2. Nickles and freshman Fernanda Miller won their

No. 3 doubles match 8-3.

In the April 8 match against New Mexico Military Institute, women’s tennis was unable to rally in singles

competition. Brown rallied from behind in her No. 1 singles match to force a third set tiebreaker after winning the

second set and held on to win 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Miller earned the other win for the Aztecs in singles competition as she earned a shut out at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0.

Miller and No. 3 doubles partner Nickles won their match 8-3.

Brown and No. 1 doubles partner Ruth rallied to force a tiebreaker but fell 9-8 (7-5).

PCC won its match in the April 7 contest against Glendale Community College. No. 3 doubles team sophomore

Nickles and Miller earned a shutout, 8-0. Pineda played at No. 3 singles but fell 6-2, 6-1.

With the regular season over, postseason play begins the Region I Tournament at Paseo Racquet Center, Glendale,

Ariz. on April 19-20.

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MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs’ win streak ends

MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs’ win streak ends

By D.R. WILLIAMS

The Pima Community College Aztecs ended their win streak with a shutout loss against Mesa Community College on March 31.

Freshman Marc Avalos tried to make it interesting at the No. 1 spot but was beaten in two sets 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Dalton Reisig lost the No. 2 match 6-1, 6-0. Together Avalos and Reisig lost the No. 1 doubles match 8-2.

Freshman Raj Singh Kaila was defeated at the No. 3 spot 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Jesus Lopez was shut out at the No. 4 spot 6-0, 6-0. Singh Kaila and Lopez fell at the No. 2 doubles spot 8-0

Sophomore Landon Trejo was also shut out 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 5 spot while Freshman Curtis Jeffery lost his No. 6 match 6-1, 6-0. Together they lost their No. 3 doubles match 8-1.

The Aztecs will be looking to rebound on the road against Glendale Community College on April 7.

In their fourth match of the week, the men finished strong with a win against Skagit Valley College 7-2 in a non-conference match on March 26.

Avalos defeated his opponent 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles spot. Reisig won by a closer margin at the No. 2 spot 7-5, 6-3. Avalos and Reisig won their doubles match 8-5 in route to staying unblemished for the day.

Kaila picked up a win at the No. 3 spot 6-3, 6-4. Lopez lost a tough three set match at No. 4 6-7(2-7), 6-0, 10-4. Together, Kaila and Lopez lost their doubles match 8-3.

Trejo won his No. 5 match 6-3, 6-3. Jeffery dominated his opponent, shutting him out 6-0, 6-0. Together they won their doubles match 8-6.

Men’s tennis won their first conference match of the season on March 24 against Paradise Valley Community College 5-4.

Trailing after doubles play, the Aztecs rallied to take four of the six singles matches.

Avalos sealed the victory with a hard fought win at the No. 1 spot. Avalos won the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-4) and 7-5 in the second. Freshman Dalton Reisig also won his match at No. 2 6-1, 6-4. Together they lost their No. 1 doubles match 8-4.

Singh Kaila dropped his No. 3 match 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Jesus Lopez lost 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot. Lopez and Singh Kaila lost their No. 2 doubles match.

Trejo won his match at No. 5 singles 6-1, 7-5. Freshman Curtis Jeffery was victorious at the No. 6 spot winning 6-2, 6-0. Together Trejo and Jeffery took the only doubles win for the Aztecs 8-4 at the No. 3 spot.

After traveling to Glendale Community College on April 7 for a 1:30 p.m. game, the Aztecs return home. PCC hosts New Mexico Military Institute on April 8 at the Tucson Racquet Club starting at 11:30 p.m.


 

Landon Trejo serves during a March 26 match. Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics

Landon Trejo serves during a March 26 match.
Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Loss ends three-win streak, but women continue to roll

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Loss ends three-win streak, but women continue to roll

By STEVEN FOWLER

The No. 22 Pima Community College women’s tennis team (9-4, 4-2 in ACCAC) had its three- match winning streak snapped on March 31 at No. 12 Mesa Community College.

The Aztecs were shut out against the Thunderbirds 9-0.

Freshman Kelsey Brown made it tough in the first set of her No. 1 singles match but fell 7-6, 6-2.

The Aztecs defeated the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters 8-1 on March 29, winning its third straight match.

Freshman Samantha Ruth rallied to win her No. 2 singles match. Brown won her No. 1 singles match, 7-5, 6-0.

Sophomore Stephanie Nickles earned a shutout win 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

Freshman Dana Pineda lost a three-set match at No. 3 singles as she fell 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.

The Aztecs swept the Gila Monsters in doubles competition.

PCC had a non-conference win on March 26 against Skagit Valley College.

The Aztecs defeated the Skagit Valley Cardinals 8-1 in a home match at the Tucson Racquet Club. Pima won two matches by default.

Sophomore Ema Hernandez rallied after dropping the first set in her No. 3 singles match. Her scores were 3-6, 6-1, 10-4.

In singles competition, Brown won a tight first set but responded in the second set.

Pima shut out Paradise Valley Community College 9-0 on March 24.

In No. 2 singles competition, Ruth won 6-2, 6-3.


 

ON DECK

April 7: Glendale CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
April 8: New Mexico Military Institute, Tucson Racquet Club, 11:30 a.m.
April 12: @ Paradise Valley CC, 1:30 p.m.
April 19-20: @ Region I Tournament, Paseo Racquet Center, Glendale, Ariz., TBA

Kelsey Brown helps the Aztecs win in both doubles and singles play. Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics

Kelsey Brown helps the Aztecs win in both doubles and singles play.
Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics

MEN'S TENNIS: Aztecs fall against Glendale CC

MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs fall against Glendale CC

By D.R. WILLIAMS

Glendale Community College shut out the Pima Community College men’s tennis team 9-0 in competition on May 22.

In doubles play, freshmen Marc Avalos and Dalton Reisig played a close match at No. 1 doubles, but lost 9-7.

The No. 2 doubles team of freshman Raj Singh Kaila and sophomore Jesus Lopez lost 8-4.

At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Landon Trejo and freshman Curtis Jeffery were shut out 8-0.

Avalos rallied in his No. 1 singles match but dropped the third set tie breaker.

The Aztecs were scheduled to play a home match March 23 against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire after the Aztec Press went to the printer.


 

ON DECK
March 24: Paradise Valley CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
March 26: Skagit Valley College, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.

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WOMEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs sweeps road trip

By STEVEN FOWLER

The No. 22-ranked Pima Community College women’s tennis team dominated Glendale Community College 9-0 on March 22.

The Aztecs also defeated Grossmont College 8-1 on March 16 during a California road trip.

Freshman Samantha Ruth won her second consecutive three-set match at No. 2 singles.

Freshman Kelsey Brown won her match at No. 1 singles, as did sophomore Stephanie Nickles at No. 3 singles and sophomore Ema Hernandez at No. 4 singles.

Freshman Fernanda Miller won at No. 5 singles, while freshman Dana Pineda lost 6-1, 6-4 in No. 6 singles play.

In doubles competition, Ruth and Brown won 8-1 in No. 1 seeding. Hernandez and sophomore Noelle Karp defeated their opponents 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. Nickles and Miller outplayed their opponents 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.

In a March 15 match against non-conference opponent San Diego Mesa Community College, PCC rallied in singles play.

After dropping two of three doubles, No. 19 PCC rallied by taking five of six singles matches.


 

ON DECK
March 24: Paradise Valley CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
March 26: Skagit Valley College, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
March 29: @ Eastern Arizona College, 1:30 p.m.
March 31: @ Mesa CC, 1:30 p.m.

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MEN'S TENNIS: Aztecs ready for rebound season

MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs ready for rebound season

By D.R. WILLIAMS

The men’s tennis team was swept by Mesa Community College, losing by a score of 9-0 in their conference opener. Freshman Marc Avalos lost his No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-0. Freshman Dalton Reisig dropped his No. 2 match 6-0, 6-0. Together Avalos and Reisig lost their No. 1 doubles

match 8-0.

Freshman Raj Singh Kaila lost his match at No. 3 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Jesus Lopez fell 6-1,6-0 at the No. 4 spot. Together they lost their No. 2 doubles match 8-1.

Sophomore Landon Trejo also suffered a 6-0, 6-0 defeat at No. 5. Freshman Curtis Jeffery had the most success but also fell 6-2, 6-0 in his No. 6 match. They also dropped their No. 3 doubles match by a score of 8-0.

The team was unable stick it out against Arizona Christian University Feb. 22 in a nonconference match at the Tucson Racquet Club, losing 8-1.

The lone victory for the Aztecs was from Reisig at the No. 2 spot, who posted scores of 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. He was down 3-4 in the third set, but rallied for the win.

Avalos went down at the No. 1 spot in two tie-breaker sets, 7-6 ,7-3 and 7-6, 7-6.

Avalos and Reisig lost the No. 1 doubles match 5-8.

At the No. 3 singles spot, Kaila lost to his opponent after taking the first set 7-5, 0-6, 5-7. Sophomore Jesus Lopez lost at the No. 4 spot 6-1, 6-3. Kaila and Lopez lost their No. 2 doubles match 8-5.

Trejo lost the No. 5 match 6-0, 6-1. Jeffery lost the No. 6 match 6-1, 6-2. Trejo and Jeffery lost 8-1 in the No. 3 doubles.


 

ON DECK

March 22: Glendale CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.

March 23: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Tucson Racquet Club, 1 p.m.

March 24: @ Paradise Valley CC, 1:30 p.m.