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TENNIS: Making tennis a fashion

TENNIS: Making tennis a fashion

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Freshman Jahnessa Mackey came to Pima Community College from Amphitheater High School for one reason, to play tennis.

Thanks to head coach Gretchen Schantz, she now plays for the women’s team.

“That’s what actually brought me, is tennis,” Mackey said. “I went to talk to the coach one day, just to say I want to play tennis here.”

Schantz is glad for the addition of Mackey to the team.

“It was a good decision,” Schantz said laughing. “Good job, coach. Good choice!”

Mackey finished the season 8-0 at the No. 6 spot for Pima, with a win at the Regional I tournament. Mackey’s undefeated season played a big part in Pima’s turnaround this year, which lead to a Regional I title.

“Everybody kind of won or lost at different places, and she was our one constant win all season in singles,” Schantz said.

Mackey made sacrifices to reach her success, even switching her major in order to play tennis.

She was doing modeling work and majoring in fashion until she made the switch to business.

“I had to change my major recently to business because the other fashion classes wouldn’t fit in to my tennis schedule,” she said.

At the start of the season, Mackey wasn’t in the lineup but her hard work caught the eyes of Schantz and her fellow teammates.

Sophomore Ema Hernandez, Pima’s No. 4 singles player, said she recognized Mackey’s potential from the first time she saw her on the court.

“When I first saw Jahnessa, I knew she was really tough,” Hernandez said. “She’ll go for everything, she’s really constant, and she’s a fighter. She’s very patient, she waits for the right ball and she knows how to execute really well.”

Mackey’s honors include an undefeated singles season, first-team singles and second-team doubles All-ACCAC honors and being a member of the 2015 Regional I championship team.

Can she repeat next year?

She doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Yeah, definitely.”

Tennis star freshman Jahnessa Mackey went undefeated in her first season as an Aztec and was named to the singles first-team ALL-ACCAC. Photo courtesy of Pima Athletics

Tennis star freshman Jahnessa Mackey went undefeated in her first season as an Aztec and was named to the singles first-team ALL-ACCAC.
Photo courtesy of Pima Athletics

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TENNIS: Pima tennis wins championship

TENNIS: Pima tennis wins championship

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Men’s Tennis

Pima Community College’s Men’s Tennis (2-6, 0-6 in ACCAC) finished its season in Glendale at the Regional I tournament.

In the first day of the Regional I tournament on April 21, Pima was only able to advance two players to the second day of matches.

Sophomores Josh Henkel and Francisco Ton won their respected singles matches to advance. Pima was shut out in doubles matches. In the second day of the Region I Tournament on April 22 Ton fell in his No. 3 singles match and Henkel lost his No. 4 singles match.

Pima fell short to qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament. The top three teams in the region qualified for Nationals. Pima was tied for third, but lost out in the tiebreaker against Glendale to advance.

Women’s Tennis

Pima Community College Women’s Tennis team (9-8, 6-2 in ACCAC) won their second Region I Championship in program history; first since 2012. Pima wrapped up the regular season winning five of heir last six leading into their Region I Tournament victory in Glendale.

Pima’s season ended on the second day of NJCAA National Tournament on May 4. The Aztecs had a clean sweep in the first day of the NJCAA National Tournament on May 3 advancing in all matches. Pima’s second day went differently, as they got swept in round of 16 ending their season.

In the first day of the Region I Tournament on April 21, Pima won out in their singles matches. Freshmen Noelle Karp had to fight to win her singles match. She won a three set match that lasted over three hours.

In the second round of the Region I Tournament on April 22, the Aztecs sealed the win with 19 points winning by a margin of four. They took home four individual titles.

Sophomores Cristina Oropeza and Yani Alameda both won singles titles. Oropeza won the No. 2 singles title, while Alameda won the No.3 singles title. Freshmen Stephanie Nickles and Jahnessa Mackey took home the No. 3 doubles title.

Coach Gretchen Schantz is coming off her second Region I Championship win of her career.
Schantz thinks her current team is a little more constant then the one in 2012.

“This team by far was a full team experience, every single person got to every single final and that’s why we won it. We didn’t win it by draws; we won by being a more consistent team.” She said.

Pima is bringing back four All ACCAC players next season in Karp, sophomore Ema Hernandez, Nickles and Mackey.

Pima had its share of postseason honors as everyone made the all-conference team.
Karp won Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Player To Watch Award for Region II.

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Mackey undefeated in singles

Mackey undefeated in singles

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Pima Community College women’s tennis team (9-8, 6-2 in ACCAC) finished up the regular season on a strong note. Pima won its last five out of six games going into regionals, putting them over .500 overall for the season and four games over .500 in conference play.

Pima’s late season surge was headlined by freshman Jahnessa Mackey’s (8-0) eight straight wins and her undefeated singles play season.

Pima was at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale on April 21, 22 for the Region I Tournament. Results will be in upcoming issues of the Aztec Press.

Pima closed out the regular season on high note, shutting out Paradise Valley Community College, on April 14. Pima’s win against PVC put them over .500 for the first time since the opening match.

Pima’s shutout was headlined by Mackey’s eight straight wins, finishing her season undefeated in conference play 8-0.

As a team, Pima dominated in both singles and doubles. Pima shutout PVC on the way to winning all three doubles matches. In singles, only a single point was given up by Pima in all of the six matches.

The Aztecs traveled to Glendale Community College and beat GCC 8-1 on April 9.

Pima’s win against Glendale gave them a record of .500 for only the second time this year since their second meet, two months ago.

The Aztecs swept Glendale 3-0 in doubles. Sophomores Ema Hernandez and Yanseli Alameda won a tight one in their No. 2 doubles match 9-8. While Freshmen Noelle  Karp and  Sophomore Cristina Oropeza won their No. 1 doubles match impressively 8-2 and Mackey and freshman Stephanie Nickles won their No.3 doubles match by default.

Pima went 4-1 in singles play, wrapping up the match against Glendale as quickly as possible. Alameda, Karp, Nickles and Oropeza won their singles matches. Mackey also won her singles match, keeping her winning streak alive at seven straight.

Four players were named to the All-ACCAC Conference first-team: Mackey, Oropeza in singles and Alameda and Hernandez in doubles. Five players were named second-team: Hernandez and Nickles in singles and duos Karp and Oropeza, and Mackey and Nickles in doubles.

Mens Tennis

Pima’s last game of the regular season didn’t end as planned, losing to Paradise Valley Community College 8-1 on April 14.

Pima was completive in doubles, but couldn’t get the job done getting swept by PVC 3-0. In singles Pima’s only single win came from Ton at the No. 3 spot. Ton win put in him at 6-2 for the year. The rest of the team was completive, but like doubles, couldn’t get the job done.

Pima hosted Glendale Community College on April 9. Pima lost a close one, as Glendale won 5-4.

The Aztecs went 1-2 in doubles. Foitik and Ton fell short 9-8 in the tie-breaker for the No. 1 doubles match. Henkel and Vazquez lost a close one, 8-6. Lancaster and Bravo won their doubles match 8-2.

Pima went 3-3 in singles play with victories from Ton, Amaya and Bravo.

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Sophomore Yanseli Alameda whacks the ball during a volley against a Glendale Community College team member on April 9. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

 

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Sophomore Michael Amaya lines up for the strike against a Glendale Community College player during a match on April 9. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

 

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Tennis: Men struggle, women hold tight

Tennis: Men struggle, women hold tight

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By ALFRED DICHOCHEA III

Men’s tennis:

Pima Community College men’s tennis team (2-4, 0-4 in ACCAC) is coming off a rough part of the season, having lost every conference match and losing four out six in regular play.

Pima traveled up to Mesa to face off against a familiar foe in Mesa Community College on April 2. Pima faced the same result as last the outting against Mesa being shutout 9-0.

The Aztecs were handled pretty easily by Mesa. Pima scored no more than three points in any singles match and in doubles they were shutout.

Pima hosted Skagit Valley College for a non-conference meet on March 30 and  won a tight one at 6-3.

Sophomore Richard Foitik put the game away with his number one singles win. Pima went 2-1 in doubles play. Sophomores Mathieu Lancaster,  Bravo, and Francisco Ton and Foitik got the wins for doubles.

Pima went 4-2 in singles play. Sophomore Michael Amaya, Lancaster and Ton won their singles matches on top of Foitik’s meet-sealing win in singles play.

The Aztecs faced off against Paradise Valley Community College on March 26 and lost a close one at 4-5.

The Aztecs went 1-2 in doubles, Ton and Foitik won the only doubles match for Pima. In singles Pima fared a bit better, as they spilt with PVCC 3-3. Ton and Foitik won their singles matches on top of their doubles win.

Women’s tennis:

Pima Community College women’s tennis team (7-8, 4-2 in ACCAC) has been on a roll  winning four of the last five matches.

The Aztecs squared off against Mesa Community College on April 2, winning 6-3.

Pima swept Mesa in doubles, 3-0. Two of the games were won by fewer than three points and the third game resulted in a shutout. In singles, Pima went 3-3 splitting with Mesa. Freshmen Stephanie Nickles and sophomore Cristina Oropeza both picked up wins in singles play.

Freshman Jahnessa Mackey also won her number 6th spot for her seventh straight singles win and the game sealing win.

The Aztecs hosted number nine-ranked Eastern Arizona College in conference play on March 31. Pima went on to lose, as their come back fell short losing 5-4.

The Aztecs were swept in doubles matches, as they lost both of their matches by one point. Pima played well in singles as they went 4-2.

Mackey also picked up a win, making it her sixth straight wins.

Pima beat Skagit Valley College of Mount Vernon, Wash., March 30, shutting out SVC 9-0.

Pima handled doubles pretty easily as they won every match by more than four points. Pima dominated in singles and never lost a single set against SVC.

Pima shut out Paradise Valley Community College 9-0 on March 26 in Phoenix.

Richard Foitik backhands a return against Imperial Valley College at Pima Community College West Campus. Foitik is Pima’s No. 1 men’s player. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

Cristina Oropeza strikes back against an Imperial Valley College player on Feb. 7 at the Pima Community College West Campus. (Photos courtesy of PCC Athletics)


ON DECK

MEN’S TENNIS:

April 9: Glendale CC, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.

April 14: @Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S TENNIS:

April 9: @Glendale CC, Glendale, 1:30 p.m.

April 14: Paradise Valley CC, TRC-Tucson 1:30 p.m.

April 21-22: @Region 1 Tournament, Paseo Racquet Club- Glendale, TBA

 

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Tennis: Women improve, men need wins

Tennis: Women improve, men need wins

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Pima tennis is looking to get back on track after a few losses and long break from play for both teams.

Women’s tennis:

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (4-7, 2-1 in ACCAC) look to improve as they get over .500 in coference.

The Aztecs after a tough loss in California, got back on the right track after shouting out Glendale Community College (9-0) on March 24. The win gives Pima a winning record in coference.

Pima handled GCC easily for the most part. The Aztecs in doubles won every game by no more then six points. Pima in singles had a similar result. A few of them fell behind early, but everyone swept their matches.

Sophomore Cristina Oropeza and freshman Noelle Karp at the number one doubles position, with the doubles win against GCC puts them at .500 for the season at (5-5).

For singles, Karp at the number one position is (4-6) and Oropeza at the number two has the team’s best record at (6-4).

The Aztecs split on the road in California, March 17-18.

Pima lost 6-3 against Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif. on March 18.

Sophomores Ema Hernandez and Yani Alameda won their doubles match, while Oropeza and freshman Jahnessa Mackey won their singles matches.

Pima got a 6-3 win against San Diego Mesa College on March 17. Pima swept SDMC in doubles matches and won three singles matches.
Freshmen Mackey, Karp and Alameda won their singles matches.

Mackey won via a shutout and Karp gave up just one point. Alameda won a tie breaker in her victory.

The Aztecs next game will play Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix on March 26.

Men’s tennis:

The Pima Community College men’s tennis team (1-2, 0-2 in ACCAC) find themselves in a tough spot coming off a loss.

The Aztecs are coming off another long break and a shutout loss against Glendale Community College on March 7.

Pima’s woes continued as they lost to Glendale Community College 6-3 on March 24. Pima’s loss to GCC is their second consecutive loss in conference.

The Aztecs went 1-2 for doubles, with sophomores Juan Bravo and Mathieu Lancaster getting the win. Pima in singles went 2-4. Sophomore Francisco Ton (2-1) and Bravo (2-1) would get the wins.

Pima played tough, but that wasn’t enough to get the win.

Pima next game will be at the Tucson Racquet Club on March 26 against Paradise Valley Community College.

ON DECK

WOMEN’S TENNIS:
March 26: @ Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.
March 30: Skagit Valley College, TRC-Tucson, 1 p.m.
March 31: Eastern Arizona College, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.
April 2: Mesa CC, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS:
March 26: Paradise Valley CC, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.
March 30: Skagit Valley College, TRC-Tucson, 1 p.m.
April 2: @ Mesa CC, Mesa, 1:30 p.m.

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TENNIS: Rough starts plague men’s, women’s teams

TENNIS: Rough starts plague men’s, women’s teams

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Pima Community College women’s tennis team’s woes continue to grow after tough losses to Ohio Northern University and Eastern Arizona College.

The team is 2-6, 1-1 in ACCAC so far this season.

Even with the below .500 record, head coach Gretchen Schantz isn’t worried.

“We are ranked 15th in the country, so I don’t think we’ve had a slow start, just a tough schedule which makes us stronger in the end,” she said.

On March 5, Pima saw some more out-of-state competition, as Ohio Northern University traveled down to Arizona. ONU beat Pima 6-3.

Freshmen Noelle Karp and sophomore Cristina Oropeza paired up to get the doubles win and the two singles wins. The wins put Karp at 2-6 and Oropeza at 5-3 for season.

On March 3, Pima bounced back after a disappointing first conference match and picked up its first conference victory of the season, beating Mesa Community College 6-3.

Pima swept Mesa in doubles, picking up three well-earned doubles matches.

In singles, Jahnessa Mackey, Nickels and Oropeza all picked up wins against Mesa. Oropeza picked up her team-leading third singles win of the season.

On Feb. 26, Pima played Eastern Arizona College. EAC handed Pima its fifth consecutive loss with a final score of 7-2.

In doubles, Alameda and Hernandez earned Pima’s only doubles win, 8-2. In singles, Mackey picked up the only victory, winning her sets 6-3 and 6-1.

The women’s next match will be at San Diego-Mesa College on March 17 at 2 p.m.

Men’s tennis

Pima’s men’s tennis team (1-1, 0-1 in ACCAC) will try to kick some rust off, as they play their first non-scrimmage play in nearly a month.

Head coach Brian Ramirez thinks his players are growing.

“Season is going well so far. Players are competing well and have shown a willingness to learn,” he said.

On March 3, Pima hosted Mesa Community College, losing 9-0.

“Pima did a fantastic job against Mesa and showed a great deal of fight and ability to make others compete,” Ramirez said

Pima will have to wait awhile to bounce back from their loss.

The team next plays at Glendale Community College on March 24 at 1:30 p.m.

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Sophomore Mathew Lancaster prepares to slice the ball at practice. (Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)

 

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TENNIS: Women’s team struggles in Texas match

TENNIS: Women’s team struggles in Texas match

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Pima Community College Women’s Tennis team (1-4) found out the hard way that things are bigger in Texas, as Pima went down to Plano for the Texas Tournament on Feb 13 and 14. Pima had played four matches total all against ranked teams. Pima would go on to lose all four matches.

In the first match of tournament Pima would lose their first match of season the same way they won their first match of season. Pima would be shout out 9-0 by No. 13 North Central Texas College.

In the second match of tournament Pima would go up against No. 7 Seminole State College (FL).  Pima would drop their second consecutive match, losing to Seminole State 8-1. Sophomore Cristina Oropeza would be the only one to deliver a victory for Pima.

The third match Pima would square off against No. 8 Collin College, Pima would lose 7-2, Oropeza and freshmen Stephanie Nickles both would go on and win their singles matches. Oropeza would go 2-2 for the tournament, giving her the best performance of the tournament.

“I was very impressed with how she played” said head coach Gretchen Schantz about Oropeza . “Especially  the school played at the number two level, those girls our tough” she said.

I the four and final match, Pima would suffer some bookending. Pima would be shout out for the second time in the tournament losing to No. 2 ranked Tyler Junior College 9-0. Pima had a rough time at the tournament going 0-4, dropping them to 1-4 for season.

Both the Men and Women went up Mesa for the ACCAC Jamboree. The Jamboree was chance for Pima to get its first look at conference competition.

Pima Community College Men’s Tennis team (1-0) is pretty excited about the Jamboree after almost two weeks off since their first game of the season.

“I’m excited, it’s the first time to see all the other teams in our conference.” Said Sophomore Joshua Henkel. “I don’t think it’s going to affect us a lot. We’ve been here working hard.” He said about the long break from play.

(Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)

Juan Bravo sets up to whack the ball over then net in a singles game on Feb. 7. (Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)

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Pima tennis serves up shutout

Pima tennis serves up shutout

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Men’s Tennis

The Pima Community College (1-0) is bringing in a veteran men’s team into 2015, as everyone is returning from their 26th place performance at last year’s national tournament.

Pima is looking to upstage last year’s performance as experience will be a key.

One of the returning players, sophomore Richard Foitik, is all-in for this upcoming season.

“I’m excited, I’m ready for season to start,” he said. “I’m ready to do well.”

Foitik feels that the team is coming along much better this season.

“I feel we’re more dominant, we have a lot more experienced players. All the hard practice that we’ve been doing it’s really paying off,” he said.

Pima had a strong showing against Imperial Valley College as they produced a shut out in both singles and doubles, Feb. 7.

Pima went 6-0 in singles, but it didn’t come easy as most of the matches were tight.

Even though it was a shutout victory there were a few tight matches. Notably in the No.1 singles match Foitik defeated his opponent in the first two sets with a 6-3 game score in each of them.

Sophomore Juan Bravo survived a tie-breaker in the last match to hold on to the shut out.

Bravo also faced a tough match with a third-set tiebreaker in which he defeated his opponent 6-3, 2-6, (10-5) in the No. 4 singles match.

In doubles it was a lot less nerve racking as Pima went 3-0 with two of the three not allowing Imperial to get single game point.

Foitik and doubles partner Francisco Ton dominated in doubles play shutting out their opponents 8-0.

 

Sophomore Juan Bravo maneuvers to whack the ball across the net in a singles match against Imperial Valley College on Feb. 7. (Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)

Sophomore Juan Bravo maneuvers to whack the ball across the net in a singles match against Imperial Valley College on Feb. 7. (Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)

 

Women’s Tennis

The Pima Community College women’s team (1-0) who is coming off their 17th place finish in last year’s national tournament, is looking to win a Regional championship.

With sophomore Yanseli Alameda returning after her national tournament quarterfinal performance, and freshman Susan Fox  the season looks promising.

Head coach Gretchen Schantz is as ready as always for the season and optimistic about the upcoming schedule.

“I’m always excited for the season to begin,” he said. “We play the top schools to learn how to deal with different challenges.”

Schantz holds the standard at competing in the regional championship as a standard.

“We’re always competing for the regional championship,” he said. “We work hard all season to compete at our highest level during the regional tournament.”

Pima had a dominating performance in their opener against Imperial Valley College (0-1) on Feb. 7 as they produced a shut out in both singles and doubles play.

In singles play Pima went 6-0 and not allowing more than one game Point in any the matches.

Doubles had a similar outcome as Pima went 3-0 and giving up nothing more than two game points in any their matches.

 Freshman Susan Fox winds up for the serve during a match against Imperial Valley College. She played in No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. (Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)


Freshman Susan Fox winds up for the serve during a match against Imperial Valley College. She played in No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.
(Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)

ON DECK

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Feb. 13-14: @ Texas Tournament, Plano, all day
Feb. 20: @ ACCAC Jamboree, Mesa CC, Mesa, all day
Feb. 26: @ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, 1:30 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS
Feb. 20: @ ACCAC Jamboree, Mesa CC, Mesa, all day

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TENNIS: Men’s team finishes 26th at nationals

TENNIS: Men’s team finishes 26th at nationals

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BY ZACH ARMENTA

The Pima Community College men’s tennis team finished 26th of 27 teams at the NJCAA Division 1 Men’s National Tennis Championships in Plano, Texas.

“I would say the season was a success on multiple levels,” head coach Brian Ramirez said. “We advanced to the national championships, everyone has done well in school, players have shown consistent improvement over the course of the season with their skills and their understanding of how to compete, and we finished second in our region.”

Freshman Richie Foitik advanced to the finals, falling 8-1 in the No. 2 singles consolation bracket to Jonah Jakubec from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Georgia).

Foitik lost 2-6, 4-6 in the round of 32 but advanced to the quarterfinals with byes in the first and second rounds of the consolation bracket. He reached the semifinals by winning a tough match 9-8. Foitik was untouchable in the semis, coasting into the finals with an 8-0 win.

No. 1 singles sophomore Brian Soto faced the No. 6 seed in the round of 32. He lost 1-6, 0-6, dropping him into the consolation bracket. His season ended in the first round with a 0-8 loss.

Soto paired with Foitik at No. 1 doubles. The pair was overpowered, losing 2-6, 0-6. They received byes in the first and second rounds of the consolation bracket, sending them straight to the quarterfinals. The pair fought hard but saw their season end with a 6-8 loss.

No. 3 singles freshman Josh Henkel lost 1-6, 1-6 in the round of 32, dropping him into the consolation bracket. Henkel got a bye in the first and seconds. He fell 1-8 in the quarterfinals, ending his singles season.

Henkel paired with sophomore Carlos Medina at No. 2 doubles. In the round of 32, the two lost 1-6, 4-6. Henkel and Medina received byes in the first and second rounds of the consolation bracket. In the quarterfinals, the duo lost 4-8.

No. 4 singles Medina was dominated 0-6, 1-6 in the round of 32. He received a first-round bye in the consolation bracket. In the second round, Medina was shut out 0-8, ending his singles season.

No. 5 singles freshman Gabe Ortiz was shut out in the round of the 32, losing 0-6, 0-6. Ortiz had byes in the first and second rounds of the consolation bracket. He lost 2-8 in the quarterfinals.

No. 6 singles freshman Aldo Amaya fought a tough match but fell 2-6, 7-6, 1-6 in the round of 32. Amaya also received byes in the first and second rounds in the consolation bracket. He struggled in the consolation quarterfinals, losing 1-8.

Amaya paired with freshman Trey Terry at No. 3 doubles. They enjoyed a bye in the round of 32, sending them to the round of 16. They lost 1-6, 1-6, dropping them into the consolation bracket.

After losing their first match, Amaya and Terry fell into the second round of the consolation bracket. They were shut out 0-8, finishing their season.

“Nationals was a lifetime experience,” Amaya said. “Having the chance to play against the best players of the nation just makes me want to work even harder and do a better job next year.”

The Aztecs finished 5-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Their only losses came against Mesa Community College.

PCC will lose two sophomores, Soto and Medina.

“You always miss players for one reason or another,” Ramirez said. “This group is unusually funny all the time.  I will certainly miss the one-liners, the constant humor in the van and two guys who always give their best effort on the court.”

Soto played No. 1 singles and doubles. He finished the season with an overall record of 14 wins and 12 loses. He was awarded Second-Team-All-Conference for No.1 singles and No.1 doubles.

Medina played No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles. He finished the season with an overall record of 13 wins and 13 loses. Medina was awarded Second-Team-All-Conference for No. 4 singles.

Of PCC’s five freshmen, Foitik and Amaya confirmed they will return for one more year.

Freshman Richie Foitik hits a forehand during warmups at the Region 1 tournament.  (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

Freshman Richie Foitik hits a forehand during warmups at the Region 1 tournament. (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I will be returning to the team,” Foitik said. “No plans on switching any time soon.”

Foitik played No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. He finished the season with an overall record of 18 wins and 13 loses. Foitik was awarded Second-Team-All-Conference for No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles.

Henkel played No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. He had an up-and-down first year at Pima, finishing with an overall record of 12 wins and 16 loses.

Ortiz played No. 5 singles, and played No. 3 doubles at the start. He finished the season with an overall record of 12 wins and seven loses. Ortiz was awarded Second-Team-All-Conference for No. 5 singles.

Amaya played No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. He finished the season with an overall record of 15 wins and 11 loses. Amaya was also awarded Second-Team-All-Conference for No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Terry played No. 3 doubles with Amaya. He finished with an overall record of eight wins and seven loses. Terry was awarded Second-Team-All-Conference in No. 3 doubles.

For complete results of the NJCAA National Tournament, visit: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=151168

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Women finish in 17th place at nationals

BY ZACH ARMENTA

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team tied for 17th place at the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, Texas, May 3-9.

Sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova were named Second Team All- Conference for doubles, and Beeston was named Second Team All- Conference for singles.

Beeston also won the Arthur Ashe Sportsman/Leadership Award for Region 2, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

“This team is my most improved team that I’ve ever coached,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said. “They stepped up at the end of the season when it mattered most.”

In the round of 32, No. 1 singles Beeston took on the two seed in a one-sided match that she lost 2-6, 1-6.

Beeston bounced back with an 8-1 win in the consolation bracket, and received a bye to the quarterfinals. With a shot at the semifinals, Beeston fought hard but lost 6-8.

No. 1 doubles Beeston and Cordova battled at the start but fell 4-6, 1-6.

They received a bye in the first and second round of the consolation bracket, sending them to the quarterfinals. An 8-3 win booked them a spot in the semifinals, but their run ended in the semis when they lost 4-8.

At No. 2 singles, Cordova routed her opponent 6-1, 6-0 in the first round. In the round of 16, Cordova battled the No. 1 seed and lost 0-6, 1-6.

No. 3 singles sophomore Helena Meyer struggled but fought back before losing 1-6, 6-7 in the round of 32.

She reached the quarterfinals in the consolation bracket by getting a first and second round bye. She was eliminated in the quarterfinals, losing 0-8.

Meyer paired with freshman Cassidy McWhorter at No. 2 doubles. They won 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in the first round. Facing the No. 4 seed in the round of 16 proved too much for the duo, as they lost 0-6, 1-6.

No. 4 singles sophomore Ashten Watts struggled in the round of 32, losing 0-6, 4-6.

Watts won 8-2 in the consolation bracket, giving her a second-round bye straight to the quarterfinals. She won 8-0, but her season ended in the semifinals with a 2-8 loss.

No. 5 singles McWhorter won 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 in the round of 32. Facing the No. 1 seed in the round of 16, she lost 0-6, 0-6.

No. 6 singles freshman Yani Alameda received a first-round bye. In the round of 16, Alameda battled for three sets to win 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

As the only PCC player left in the winner’s bracket, Alameda faced the No. 1 seed and lost 0-6, 0-6.

No. 3 doubles Watts and Alameda won 6-3, 6-0 in the round of 32. In the round of 16, they battled the No. 2 seed and lost 0-6, 0-6.

“Nationals was fun and I did better than I thought,” Watts said. “I think the girls did awesome.”

From left, women’s tennis team players Ema Hernandez, Cayla Cordova, Amy Beeston, Ashten Watts, Katlyn Jones, Cassidy McWhorter and Yani Alameda. Not pictured: Helena Meyer. (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

From left, women’s tennis team players Ema Hernandez, Cayla Cordova, Amy Beeston, Ashten Watts, Katlyn Jones, Cassidy McWhorter and Yani Alameda. Not pictured: Helena Meyer. (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aztecs ended their 2013-14 season in third place in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference behind Mesa Community College and Eastern Arizona College. They finished 6-5 overall and 4-4 in conference.

The team will lose four sophomores: Beeston, Cordova, Meyer and Watts.

“Sophomores are all great leaders and I will miss each one for bringing something different to the team dynamic,” Schantz said. “I always wish my sophomores could play another two years, to continue to watch them grow as athletes and as people.”

Sophomore Amy Beeston received the prestigious Arthur Ashe Sportsman/Leadership award for Region 2. (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

Sophomore Amy Beeston received the prestigious Arthur Ashe Sportsman/Leadership award for Region 2. (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beeston played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles with Cordova. She finished her season with an overall record of 19 wins and 16 loses.

Cordova played No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. She finished with 18 wins and 16 loses.

Meyer played No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles with McWhorter, amassing 17 wins and 16 loses.

Watts started at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles with Alameda. She won 22 matches and lost 13 matches.

PCC had four freshmen: Alameda, McWhorter, Ema Hernandez and Katlyn Jones. There is no word whether all four will return.

Alameda started at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. She rode a seven-game singles winning streak to finish the season with 22 wins and 10 losses.

McWhorter played No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles. She finished with 14 wins and 16 loses.

Hernandez and Jones saw very little playing time, but made the most of it. Hernandez finished the year with two wins and one loss. Jones finished undefeated with four wins, including one win at No. 5 singles against Paradise Valley Community College.

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TENNIS: Teams competing at nationals

TENNIS: Teams competing at nationals

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By ZACH AMENTA

Pima Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams booked tickets to the NJCAA national tournament after competing in the Region 1 tournament in Glendale April 22-23.

 

Women’s team in Texas

 

The women traveled to Tyler, Texas, to compete May 3-9 at the NJCAA Nationals Tournament.

Sophomore Amy Beeston was awarded the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship/Leadership award for Region 2, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The award was announced May 3 at a national tournament banquet.

“This is the most respected Intercollegiate Tennis Association award for players and I’m very proud of Amy for representing Pima with class and sportsmanship,” Pima coach Gretchen Schantz said.

At the regional tournament, the PCC women’s team had six byes.

Beeston enjoyed byes in No. 1 singles and at No. 1 doubles with partner sophomore Cayla Cordova. Beeston lost in the semifinals in both singles and doubles.

No. 2 singles Cordova destroyed Paradise Valley’s No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-0 but fell against Eastern Arizona’s No. 2 singles 1-6, 0-6.

No. 3 singles sophomore Helena Meyer had a first-round bye in singles. She beat Mesa in the semifinals 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. She lost the next day in the finals to Eastern Arizona 0-6, 1-6.

Meyer won in the opening round of No. 2 doubles along with freshman Cassidy McWhorter and then lost in the semifinals.

No. 4 singles sophomore Ashten Watts won her first singles match 6-0, 6-0 and then beat Eastern Arizona in the semifinals 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, moving her into the finals. Watts lost in the finals 1-6, 3-6 to Mesa.

Watts enjoyed a first round bye at No. 3 doubles with partner freshman Yani Alameda.

No. 5 singles McWhorter had a first-round bye in singles and then lost 1-6, 1-6 to Eastern Arizona.

No. 6 singles Alameda had a first-round bye in singles and then beat Eastern Arizona in singles 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Alameda battled for three hours and 15 minutes in the finals but lost 1-6, 6-4, 3-6 to Mesa. In the semifinals at No. 3 doubles, she again lost to Mesa after a two hour and four minute battle, losing 6-7, 4-6.

“It had ups and downs but overall we played well,” Watts said. “I think everyone is proud of how they played, no matter what.”

 

Men compete May 17-23

 

The men’s team finished as runners up to Mesa at the regional tournament. They will travel to Plano, Texas, May 17-23 to compete in the NJCAA Nationals Tournament.

At regionals, PCC’s men’s team took on Glendale in just about every match on the first day and then Mesa on the second day.

No. 1 singles Brian Soto beat Paradise Valley 6-4, 6-2. He also won at No. 1 doubles with partner freshman Richie Foitik 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 against Glendale.

Soto lost in the finals in singles against Mesa 0-6, 3-6 and then lost in the doubles final 4-6, 2-6.

No. 2 singles Foitik took on Glendale as well and coasted 6-2, 6-4. He lost a tough match against Mesa in the singles finals 1-6, 3-6.

No. 3 singles freshman Josh Henkel beat Glendale 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Glendale got some revenge against Henkel as they beat him and his partner sophomore Carlos Medina at No. 2 doubles 4-6, 4-6. Henkel lost in the singles final to Mesa 0-6, 2-6.

No. 4 singles Medina also took on Glendale as he posted the best singles score for PCC at 6-0, 6-1. He lost against Mesa in the singles final 0-6, 0-6.

Freshman Gabe Ortiz played at No. 5 singles against Glendale’s No. 5 singles in another long three set match. Ortiz fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 despite having a lead in the third set.

No. 6 singles freshman Aldo Amaya took on Glendale and won 6-1, 6-2. Amaya was shut out in the singles final 0-6, 0-6.

Freshman Trey Terry paired up with Amaya at No. 3 doubles and they beat Glendale 6-1, 6-3. They then lost in the finals to Mesa 0-6, 0-6.

“Regionals was a lot of fun and I think that our team did the best we could,” Soto said.

Five players were awarded second team all-conference: Henkel, Medina, Amaya, Foitik and Soto.

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From left, assistant coach Josh Sandman, freshman Gabe Ortiz, freshman Aldo Amaya, freshman Trey Terry, freshman Josh Henkal, sophomore Brian Soto, freshman Richie Foitik, sophomore Carlos Medina, and head coach Brian Ramirez pose with their runner-up trophy from NJCAA Region 1 tournament in Glendale. (Zach Armenta/Aztec Press)

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TENNIS: Teams finish regular season with confidence

TENNIS: Teams finish regular season with confidence

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By ZACH ARMENTA 

The Pima Community College tennis teams were competing in the Region 1 playoffs when Aztec Press went to the printer. The teams finished the regular season against Paradise Valley and Glendale community colleges.

Women sweep competition

In the final match of the season on April 15, PCC beat Paradise Valley Community College 9-0. They  finished the season 6-5 overall and 4-4 in conference.

In doubles play, PCC won all three matches against Paradise Valley.

No. 1 doubles sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova won 8-1, finishing the regular season on a three -match win streak.

No. 2 doubles sophomore Helena Meyer and Cassidy McWhorter won 8-2. No. 3 doubles sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda won 8-1.

Pima also won easily in singles play.

No. 1 singles Beeston won 6-4, 6-4 while No. 2 singles Cordova cruised 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles Meyer controlled her match 6-2, 6-2.

No. 4 singles Watts dominated 6-0, 6-0, finishing the year 7-4 in singles play. Freshman Katlyn Jones shined at No. 5 singles winning 6-3, 6-0.

Alameda won at No. 6 singles 6-3, 6-1, capping a 7-2 season record in singles play.

On April 10, PCC once again earned three automatic wins because Glendale does not field a full team.

At No. 1 doubles, Beeston and Cordova won 8-1. No. 2 doubles Meyer and McWhorter won 8-2. No. 3 doubles was a default win for Watts and Alameda.

Singles play was virtually the same as doubles, with the exception of one nail-biting match.

No. 1 singles Beeston won a dogfight 1-6, 6-4, 13-11. Beeston trailed 8-9 in the third set tiebreaker but fought back to win.

No. 5 singles McWhorter and No. 6 singles Alameda won by default. No. 2 singles Cordova coasted 6-2, 6-0 while No. 3 singles Meyer dominated 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 singles Watts shined 6-1, 6-2.

Meyer chose the word “bruises” to define the season, “because I hit myself when I get frustrated.”

Men dominate matches

In the men’s final home match on April 15, PCC beat Paradise Valley CC 9-0 to finish the season 5-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

PCC scored three automatic wins by default due to Paradise Valley having just four players

In doubles play, PCC swept every match.

No. 1 doubles sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik won 8-1. No. 2 doubles sophomore Carlos Medina and freshman Josh Henkel won 8-6. No. 3 doubles freshmen Aldo Amaya and Trey Terry won by default.

Singles play presented very little challenge for PCC.

No. 1 singles Soto won 6-3, 6-3 while Foitik won easily at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles Henkel cruised 6-4, 6-0. No. 4 singles Medina struggled at the start but won 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. No. 5 singles freshman Gabe Ortiz and No. 6 singles Amaya won by default.

On April 10, PCC beat Glendale 7-2.

No. 1 doubles Soto and Foitik won easily 8-1. No. 3 doubles Terry and Amaya won 9-7. No. 2 doubles Medina and Henkel fell 4-8.

Singles play presented some exciting and long matches.

No. 2 singles Foitik won 6-2, 6-3. No. 3 singles Henkel lost 3-6, 1-6. No. 6 singles Amaya controlled the match at 6-0, 6-2.

The other three singles matches all went three sets with a surprising twist coming at No. 5 singles. Playing No. 5 singles, Ortiz originally lost the match 6-1, 0-6, 7-10. Because the match had not been claimed by either school, Ortiz was sent back out to play a third set. Ortiz won that set 6-4, giving him the win.

No. 1 singles Soto battled all the way, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. No. 4 singles Medina was last on the court and provided some action. He won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Amaya called the season a great experience.  “I made new friends and improved my game,” he said. “I can’t ask for anything else.”

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TENNIS: Aztecs begin second round in conference

TENNIS: Aztecs begin second round in conference

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By ZACH AMENTA

The Pima Community College tennis teams have played each conference rival once, and will now play schools a second time.

 

Women face tough opponents   

The women lost 7-2 at Mesa Community College on April 3.

Sophomore Amy Beeston scored both wins for PCC. At No. 1 doubles, she paired with sophomore Cayla Cordova and won 8-5. At No. 1 singles she won 6-4, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles sophomore Helena Meyer and freshman Cassidy McWhorter lost 0-8.

At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda lost a tough match 6-8.

In singles, PCC went 1-5.

No. 2 singles Cordova lost 0-6, 0-6, while No. 3 Meyer lost 2-6, 1-6. No. 4 singles Watts fell 0-6, 0-6, while No. 5 singles McWhorter lost 1-6, 0-6. No. 6 singles Alameda lost 2-6, 4-6.

On April 1, PCC lost at Eastern Arizona 9-0.

All three doubles teams lost.

No. 1 doubles Beeston and Cordova fell 2-8. No. 2 doubles Meyer and McWhorter fought but lost 6-8, while Watts and Alameda lost 4-8 at No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, PCC lost every match but competed to the end.

No. 1 singles Beeston lost 0-6, 0-6 and No. 2 singles Cordova lost 1-6, 0-6. No. 3 singles Meyer competed but fell 6-7 (5-7), 5-7.  No. 4 singles Watts battled for three sets but lost 6-3, 4-6, 8-10.

No. 6 singles Alameda followed Watts with a three-set match and lost 7-5, 5-7, 4-10. No. 5 singles McWhorter lost 1-6, 4-6.

“Mesa is a deep team from top to bottom,” coach Gretchen Schantz said. “Eastern is strong at the top.”

The women dominated Paradise Valley Community College at home March 27, winning 9-0.

The No. 1 doubles team, Beeston and Cordova, coasted 8-3. At No. 2 doubles, Meyer and McWhorter won 8-2.

The  No. 3 doubles, sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda, dominated 8-0.

Singles play was no problem.

No. 1 singles Beeston won 6-1, 6-1, while Cordova won at No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-2. No. 3 singles Meyer cruised 6-1, 6-1.

Watts won at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-0, and McWhorter won at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-1.

Alameda continued her dominance at No. 6 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.

“I would not trade my teammates for anything,” Beeston said. “They put their whole heart in the game and as a captain, that’s all I could ask for. We are Pima.”

 

Men rout and get routed

The men’s team lost 0-9 at home against Mesa on April 3.

In doubles play, No. 1 doubles sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik lost 5-8. No. 2 doubles freshmen Josh Henkel and Carlos Medina were blanked 0-8. No. 3 doubles freshmen Aldo Amaya and Trey Terry lost 2-8.

No. 1 singles Soto lost 2-6, 1-6 while Foitik lost at No. 2 singles 4-6, 0-6. No. 3 singles Henkel lost 0-6, 0-6 and Medina lost 1-6, 0-6 at No. 4 singles. No. 5 singles freshman Gabe Ortiz lost 0-6, 0-6 and Amaya suffered the same fate at No. 6 singles, falling 0-6, 0-6.

The men went on the road for the final time March 27 and won 9-0 in Phoenix against Paradise Valley Community College.

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From left, Cayla Cordova, Amy Beeston, Richie Foitik and Brian Soto chat before a practice match

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Tennis: Teams back on track after spring break

Tennis: Teams back on track after spring break

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By ZACH ARMENTA

The Pima Community College women’s and men’s tennis teams returned to action March 25 after  a week off for spring break.

Women’s team gets back on track

Pima Community College (3-3, 1-2 in conference) women’s team returned from spring break firing on all cylinders.

PCC crushed Glendale Community College 8-1 on the road March 25.

“They only have four players,” coach Gretchen Schantz said when asked about Glendale. “The key is to win every match regardless of opponents.”

Heading into the match, PCC had already won three matches by default because of Glendale’s limited number of players.

In doubles play, PCC owned all three matches.

At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova won a dogfight 9-8 7-2.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Helena Meyer and freshman Cassidy McWhorter won 8-0.
PCC went 3-1 in singles play scoring two automatic wins by default.

No. 2 singles Cordova won 6-2, 6-1. No. 3 singles Meyer and No. 4 singles Watts won 6-0, 6-0.
“Confident,” said Meyer after the match. “I was really confident in all my shots and that is what helped me win.”

The women’s team defeated Grossmont College 5-4 in El Cajon, Calif., on March 11.

The Aztecs continued to struggle at doubles, scoring one victory.

No. 3 doubles Watts and Alameda won 8-2.

The No. 1 doubles team of Beeston and Cordova lost 8-3.

The No. 2 doubles team, Meyer and McWhorter, lost 8-4.

The match came to the wire in singles play.

No. 1 and No. 2 singles Beeston and Cordova both lost their matches.

No. 3 singles Meyer won 6-4, 6-2 and No. 5 singles McWhorter controlled the match and won 6-4, 6-0.

Alameda continued to destroy her opponents at No. 6 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2.

The match was tied at 4-4 with Watts playing her singles match at the No. 4 singles spot. She clinched the win in an epic three-set victory, winning 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

“It was fun,” Alameda said about the San Diego trip. “It was a good experience.”

 

Men’s team dominates Glendale

PCC men’s tennis team beat Glendale 7-2 at Glendale on March 25.

In doubles play, PCC won two of three.

Sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik won No. 1 doubles 8-2.

At No. 3 doubles, freshmen Gabe Ortiz and Aldo Amaya also won 8-2.

The No. 2 doubles freshmen, Josh Henkel and Carlos Medina, lost 9-8 (7-3)

In singles play, PCC went 5-1.

At No. 1 singles, Soto won 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. Henkel played No. 3 singles and controlled the match 6-3, 6-2.

No. 4 singles Medina won 6-3, 6-3. No. 6 singles Ortiz won 6-2, 6-2.

No. 5 singles sophomore Trey Terry won 2-6, 7-6 (7-2). Splitting the first two sets forced Terry and his opponent to play a 10-point tiebreaker. which Terry won 12-10.

“Gratifying,” Amaya said about the match. “Doubles portion was relatively easy. Singles we had to show the best of us to pull it out, and fortunately we got a vital win.”

Up next will be a shorthanded Paradise Valley team in Phoenix on March 27.

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Teams back on track after spring break

Teams back on track after spring break

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By ZACH ARMENTA

The Pima Community College women’s and men’s tennis teams returned to action March 25 after  a week off for spring break.

Women’s team gets back on track

Pima Community College (3-3, 1-2 in conference) women’s team returned from spring break firing on all cylinders.

PCC crushed Glendale Community College 8-1 on the road March 25.

“They only have four players,” coach Gretchen Schantz said when asked about Glendale. “The key is to win every match regardless of opponents.”

Heading into the match, PCC had already won three matches by default because of Glendale’s limited number of players.

In doubles play, PCC owned all three matches.

At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova won a dogfight 9-8 7-2.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Helena Meyer and freshman Cassidy McWhorter won 8-0.

PCC went 3-1 in singles play scoring two automatic wins by default.

No. 2 singles Cordova won 6-2, 6-1. No. 3 singles Meyer and No. 4 singles Watts won 6-0, 6-0.

“Confident,” said Meyer after the match. “I was really confident in all my shots and that is what helped me win.”

The women’s team defeated Grossmont College 5-4 in El Cajon, Calif., on March 11.

The Aztecs continued to struggle at doubles, scoring one victory.

No. 3 doubles Watts and Alameda won 8-2.

The No. 1 doubles team of Beeston and Cordova lost 8-3.

The No. 2 doubles team, Meyer and McWhorter, lost 8-4.

The match came to the wire in singles play.

No. 1 and No. 2 singles Beeston and Cordova both lost their matches.

No. 3 singles Meyer won 6-4, 6-2 and No. 5 singles McWhorter controlled the match and won 6-4, 6-0.

Alameda continued to destroy her opponents at No. 6 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2.

The match was tied at 4-4 with Watts playing her singles match at the No. 4 singles spot. She clinched the win in an epic three-set victory, winning 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

“It was fun,” Alameda said about the San Diego trip. “It was a good experience.”

Men’s team dominates Glendale

PCC men’s tennis team beat Glendale 7-2 at Glendale on March 25.

In doubles play, PCC won two of three.

Sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik won No. 1 doubles 8-2.

At No. 3 doubles, freshmen Gabe Ortiz and Aldo Amaya also won 8-2.

The No. 2 doubles freshmen, Josh Henkel and Carlos Medina, lost 9-8 (7-3)

In singles play, PCC went 5-1.

At No. 1 singles, Soto won 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. Henkel played No. 3 singles and controlled the match 6-3, 6-2.

No. 4 singles Medina won 6-3, 6-3. No. 6 singles Ortiz won 6-2, 6-2.

No. 5 singles sophomore Trey Terry won 2-6, 7-6 (7-2). Splitting the first two sets forced Terry and his opponent to play a 10-point tiebreaker. which Terry won 12-10.

“Gratifying,” Amaya said about the match. “Doubles portion was relatively easy. Singles we had to show the best of us to pull it out, and fortunately we got a vital win.”

Up next will be a shorthanded Paradise Valley team in Phoenix on March 27.

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TENNIS: Teams begin conference play

TENNIS: Teams begin conference play

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BY ZACH ARMENTA 

Pima Community College men and women’s tennis teams started their season with tough tests.

The women’s team lost 6-3 on March 10 against San Diego Mesa College in California.

PCC lost all three doubles, scoring in just two games.

At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova lost 8-1. No. 2 doubles sophomore Helena Meyer and freshman Cassidy McWhorter lost 8-0.

No. 3 doubles sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda lost 8-1.

At No. 3 singles, Meyer won 7-5, 6-3. Watts once again dominated at No. 4 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2.

At No. 6 singles, Alameda won 6-2, 6-3. Her record has advanced to 8-2.

No. 5 singles McWhorter battled her opponent to the very end but lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

On March 4, the women played at home against Mesa Community College. They dropped their match 6-3.

PCC scored an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles from Alameda and Watts.

In singles play, PCC scored two wins.

The first came from Watts at No. 4 singles as she dominated her opponent 6-2, 6-1. At No. 6 singles, Alameda won 6-3, 6-3 and improved her record to 7-1.

“Really happy,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said. “Mesa is a strong team. Three wins is a strong start and we had close matches.”

The women started conference play with an 8-1 loss to Eastern Arizona College on Feb. 27.

The only win came from Alameda at No. 6 singles. She won 6-0, 6-3.

Beeston lost 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles spot. Cordova lost at the No. 2 singles spot 6-4, 6-0.

Rounding out singles play was McWhorter, who lost 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles spot.

The women were scheduled to play at Grossmont College in California on March 12. The match took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.

The men’s team had a rough start to conference play on March 4 after traveling to Mesa Community College. They lost their match 9-0.

In doubles play, all three teams won one game.

At No. 1 doubles, sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik lost 8-1.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Carlos Medina and freshman Josh Henkel lost 8-0. Freshmen Trey Terry and Aldo Amaya also lost 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.

PCC was swept in singles play.

At No. 1 singles, Soto lost 6-0, 6-0. Foitik at No. 2 singles lost 6-2, 6-2. Henkel rounded out the top three with a score 6-1, 6-0.

Medina at No. 4 singles and Ortiz at No. 5 singles lost with identical scores of 6-0, 6-0. At No. 6, Terry won one game, 6-0, 6-1.

“Mesa is a whole another level,” Soto said.

Up next for the men will be Glendale Community College at the Tucson Racquet Club on March 25 at 1:30 p.m.

 

On Deck

Men’s tennis

March 25: Glendale CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.

Women’s tennis

March 25: @ Glendale CC, Glendale, 1:30 p.m.

 

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