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TENNIS: Men’s team finishes 26th at nationals

TENNIS: Men’s team finishes 26th at nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Beeston uses beast mode to dominate matches

Beeston uses beast mode to dominate matches

By ZACH ARMENTA

Pima Community College sophomore Amy Beeston is a beast on the tennis court.

As a child, she played volleyball, softball and basketball. Her mom suggested that Beeston give tennis a chance.

“My mom knew a coach and thought I should try it,” she said.

That first lesson sparked an 11-year career that continues today.

She was originally recruited by Eastern Arizona College, but the coach recruiting her left the team. That coach called PCC coach Gretchen Schantz to help Beeston play tennis in college. After talking to Schantz, Beeston decided to play for PCC.

Beeston hails from Lehi, Utah, and returns home over the summer to spend time with her parents and three sisters.

“Very beautiful, a little smaller than Tucson, and it’s home,” she said about Lehi.

Beeston is the only one in her family who lives in Arizona. She calls family, school and tennis her highest priorities.

“If you have people to support you, you can succeed,” she said.

In addition to tennis, Beeston enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and ice cream. She loves ice cream so much that she claims she can live off it.

“I ate a gallon of cookie dough ice cream in one sitting once,” she said.

Beeston brings a lot more than just talent to the team, according to her coach.

“A lot of energy, good leader,” Schantz said. “Likes being on a team, she brings the team together.”

Beeston has multiple pre-match rituals.

“I drink two cups of water, wear black socks and a hat,” she said “I have to eat, listen to rap music and tell myself I’m a good tennis player.”

Last year, Beeston finished first in singles and doubles at regionals. With that success, she has been offered partial scholarships by two universities.

One is Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The other is Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. She still hasn’t picked one, and hopes for more offers in the future.

Beeston started the season 2-0 by dominating Imperial Valley College. She went 1-1 in play at the ACCAC preseason tournament in Mesa on Feb. 21.

Her goal is to remain in beast mode, crushing everyone who dares step on the other side of the net.

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Tennis teams rock Imperial Valley

Tennis teams rock Imperial Valley

By ZACH ARMENTA 

The Pima Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams swept Imperial Valley College on Feb. 8.

The women won every match, earning a team score of 9-0.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova won 8-1.

The No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Ashten Watt and freshman Cassidy McWhorter won 8-5.

The No. 3 doubles team of freshmen Yani Alameda and Katlyn Jones also won 8-1.

On the singles side, every player won with ease.

Beeston won 6-2, 6-2 and Cordova won 6-2, 7-5. Watts won 6-1, 6-1. McWhorter won 6-1, 6-4, while freshman Ema Hernandez won 6-3, 6-0.

On the men’s side, the Aztecs swept Imperial Valley on the doubles side but could only manage a split in singles play, going 3-3.

Sophomore Brian Soto won his match 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Gabe Ortiz won by default.

All the drama for the men came during the three doubles matches.

The No. 1 team of freshmen Richie Foitik and Soto won a nail-biter 9-8, 8-6.

In the second doubles match, sophomore Carlos Medina and freshman Josh Henkel won 8-6.

In the third doubles match, freshmen Trey Terry and Ortiz won another nail-biter 9-8 , 9-7.

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams dominated in their exhibition match.

The Aztecs travel to Mesa Community College for a preseason tournament on Feb. 21-22.

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Sophomore Amy Beeston returns a ball hit her way during practice. (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

 

 

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TENNIS: Teams serving up big expectations

TENNIS: Teams serving up big expectations

By ZACH ARMENTA

The 2013 tennis season for the men’s and women’s team of Pima Community College was spectacular and this season is shaping up to be another great one.

The women’s team, led by Coach Gretchen Schantz, finished second at the NJCAA Region 1 Championships with a 13-4 season in 2013. In addition, Schantz was awarded the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s JUCO Women’s Tennis National Coach of the Year award.

The team has practiced since August and has participated in fundraisers and jamborees to get in as much playing time as possible. The team features three returning players and five new players.

Returning player Amy Beeston played No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles last year and took first place at regionals in both singles and doubles. She will likely play No. 1 singles and doubles and hopes to make nationals in both.

Beeston credits Schantz for making her a better player. “She’s incredible,” Beeston said. “I’ve gained confidence, she’s patient and knows what she’s doing.”

Newcomer Cassidy Mcwhorter is fresh out of high school, where she had a fourth-place finish at state in singles. She said she expects to have a “good, fun year and to play well.”

Schantz expects Pima to compete this season with Eastern Arizona College for the top spot.

“Every year I’m learning how to be a better coach and help student athletes,” she said. “I enjoy working with kids.”

The men’s tennis team is also coming off a great 2013 season but their season was more hectic. Lacking a head coach at the start, players continued to practice and play matches along with keeping grades up.

Head coach Brian Ramirez will coach his first full season this year. He stepped up as the coach last March and was very impressed with the team, which missed out on nationals by just three points.

The squad is facing some roster uncertainties. There are just two returning players, one with playing experience. Of four new players, two are waiting to hear if they can play.

Top returner is Brian Soto, who played No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles and was awarded second all conference last season. He will be looking to play No. 1 or 2 singles and No. 1 doubles.

“It will be more of a challenge going from the bottom of the ladder to the top, and you never know who is returning from the other schools,” he said.

Top newcomer will be Richie Foitik, who was offered a spot on the team coming out of high school.

Foitik was previously ranked No. 1 in the Southwest region in the United States Tennis Association in the U12’s and U14’s in singles and doubles, and also cracked the top 15 in U16’s and was top 300 nationally.

He will be looking to play No. 1, or 2 singles and No. 1 doubles.

This year he anticipates taking his game to the next level. “I hope to improve and be more competitive,” he said.

Ramirez puts a big emphasis on the student aspect and makes his expectations clear.

“In class, taking care of grades, on time. They made a commitment to the team, act appropriately, and help the players mature if needed,” he said.

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Brian Soto, left, bends low to return a shot as partner Richie Foitik looks on during practice. (Aztec Press photo by Zach Armenta)

 

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TENNIS: Aztecs place 13th, Schantz wins national award

TENNIS: Aztecs place 13th, Schantz wins national award

By STEVE CHOICE

The Pima Community College women’s tennis squad finished the five-day NJCAA national tournament in 13th place on May 9. The Aztecs had 18 points, just ahead of St. Petersburg College (Fla.).

It was the most points Pima has scored at nationals since moving up to Division I in 2004, and also its highest team finish ever.

“I’m so proud of how my team competed the entire season,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said. “They created many firsts, including being ranked in the top 10 early in the season.”

PCC was rated No. 7 at one point, which is the highest ranking the program has attained since joining Division I.

Pima’s final two entrants still alive in the tourney, sophomore Julienne Cananea and freshman Amy Beeston, fell in their quarterfinal matches on May 7.

Beeston dropped a 6-0, 6-0 decision to top-seeded Kylie Reynaud from Tyler Junior College (Texas). Cananea fell 6-2, 6-3 to fourth-seeded Kirsten Pierce of Tyler.

Cananea made the quarters by defeating sixth-seeded Jordan Chandler from North Central Texas College 6-3, 6-3 on the tournament’s second day.

“At the end of the day, I was able to mentally outsmart her,” the sophomore from Prescott Valley said after the match. “That pushed me to win, so I was really happy.

“I felt like I was able to be the more consistent player today. I just jumped on top of the opportunities she gave me and took it.”

Schantz was also feeling upbeat about her players’ performances on day two of the tournament, which was held at the Rekkfin Tennis Center in Tucson.

“I think my team’s playing really well,” she said. “I’m really excited to watch my team compete right now.

“It’s fun to watch. It’s been such a great season. I’m their biggest fan right now.”

Beeston advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Cowley’s Melissa Bassoo in No. 4 singles.

The No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Helen Altieri and Kari Emery dropped a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 match to a pair from Meridian Community College (Miss.). The play was marked by numerous long rallies and improbable saves. Both pairings’ net players were challenged throughout.

Emery recently signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Nebraska Kearney next season.

Schantz was named the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Coach of the Year on day two of the tourney.

“I’m very humbled by the award and dedicate it to my team this year,” Schantz said.

She also won the ITA’s Region II Coach of the Year award on the same day.

On the tournament’s first day, the Aztecs jumped out quickly.

In singles competition, Altieri dominated Nicole Selvaggio of Moraine Valley Community College (Ill.) in the No. 1 match, 6-1, 6-0.

At No. 2, Emery beat up on Mallory Davis from Meridian Community College (Miss.) 6-1, 6-0.

Freshman Torie Wake crushed Carly Stuart of Jones County Junior College (Miss.) at No. 3, 6-1, 6-1.

At No. 5, Cananea downed Caitlin Renson of Jacksonville College (Texas) 6-1, 6-2, while sophomore Vivian Pierson took out Moraine Valley’s Kayla Annerino at No. 6, 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles, the No. 2 pairing of Wake and Beeston defeated Darrien Beckwith and Aspen McCann from Barton County Community College (Kan.) 6-0, 6-3.

Cananea and freshman Helena Meyer fell behind early in their No. 3 match, but quickly recovered to take a 6-1, 6-2 match against Kirby Shannon and Ashley Bryan of Seminole State College (Okla.).

The Aztecs finished the year 13-4 overall, including 6-2 in conference play.

Pima’s entire lineup received all-conference honors, as listed below. The Pima men’s team also had two second-team All-ACCAC selections in sophomores Brian Soto and Dylan Vo.

 

First team

Altieri — singles

Beeston — singles, doubles

Cananea — doubles

Meyer — doubles

Pierson — singles

Wake — doubles

 

Second team

Altieri — doubles

Cananea — singles

Emery — singles, doubles

Wake — singles

 

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TENNIS: Aztecs taking their show to Broadway

TENNIS: Aztecs taking their show to Broadway

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PCC sophomore Helen Altieri

By STEVE CHOICE

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team won’t need an atlas or a GPS device to get to this year’s NJCAA national tournament venue.

The 11th-ranked Aztecs will enjoy home-court advantage when the best in the nation throw down on May 5-10 at the Reffkin Tennis Center. The facility is located at the corner of Alvernon Way and Broadway Boulevard.

It’s the third time in the last four years the tourney has been staged in Tucson. Head coach Gretchen Schantz sees pros and cons for the Aztecs playing in their own backyard.

“The big advantage of being at home is that we get all the support,” she said. “A disadvantage can be that the players still have their basic life distractions going on around them. On the road, it’s just us together.

“It can be hard to juggle sometimes, but that’s what being a student-athlete is all about.”

No. 1 singles player Helen Altieri is looking forward to playing in front of the local crowd.

“It’s really cool, because we’ll have a lot of support,” the sophomore from Yuma said. “And we don’t have to deal with the stresses of traveling, so that’s a big plus.”

Schantz believes her squad can make history this year.

“My goal for this tournament is to finish in the top 10,” she said. “That would be our best finish ever as a Division I program, so that’s what I’m hoping for my team.

“We have the highest ranking we’ve had going in to it since I’ve been coach, so it’s nice to feel like we have a good chance to finish a little higher than we have in the past.”

Schantz says getting favorable draws from the tournament seeding committee would make PCC’s path smoother.

The tournament is similar to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tourney in that higher seeds initially face less demanding competition, which makes scoring team points easier for higher-seeded players.

Schantz says one player who should get a good draw is freshman Amy Beeston, who won the No. 4 singles championship at regionals on April 15-16. Beeston also teamed with fellow freshman Torie Wake to take the No. 2 doubles crown.

“I just want to play the best I can,” Beeston said. “I’m not really nervous or anything. I’m really excited to be going to nationals for the first time.”

Altieri echoed her teammate’s sentiments.

“It never helps to worry,” she said. “I never did. This may be my last experience playing for a team at the collegiate level, so I just want to go out there and know I had a good time.”

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TENNIS: Women qualify for nationals, men’s season ends

TENNIS: Women qualify for nationals, men’s season ends

By STEVE CHOICE

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team came in second at the NJCAA Region 1 Championships at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale on April 15-16, punching its ticket to the national tournament in the process.

PCC totaled 20 points, three fewer than top finisher Eastern Arizona College.

“We had a great tournament, coming in just behind the No. 6 team in the nation,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.

Nationals will be played at the Reffkin Tennis Center on May 4-10. The facility is located at the corner of Alvernon Way and Broadway Boulevard.

Freshman Amy Beeston had a spectacular tournament in Glendale, claiming titles in both singles and doubles.

Beeston downed Mesa Community College’s Karah Hedquist 6-2, 6-1 to claim the No. 4 singles crown.

“It’s hard to play her because she’s scrappy, but I played better than I had ever played against her,” she said.

Beeston then teamed with freshman Torie Wake to win at No. 2 doubles, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.

Pima competed in all six championship matches in singles, with Beeston as the sole winner. Sophomore Vivian Pierson had her 13-match winning streak snapped at No. 6 singles, falling to Eastern’s Kindra Holliday 6-0, 6-2.

On the men’s side, the Aztecs finished fourth in the team competition, one place off a national-qualifying spot. PCC was one point behind Paradise Valley Community College, the last team qualifier.

Two Aztecs made it to finals matches in singles competition.

Sophomore Dylan Vo vied for a nationals berth in No. 2 singles against Felipe Burnac of Scottsdale Community College, but came up short 6-3, 6-3.

Freshman Brian Soto dropped his finals match at No. 5 singles against Scottsdale’s David Pollack 6-1, 6-1.

Vo and fellow sophomore Joe Owen fell 6-3, 6-3 in their No. 1 doubles semifinals match, while Soto and sophomore D.J. Campas lost 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Head coach Brian Ramirez, who joined the team in March, was pleased with Pima’s growth during his brief tenure.

“It’s clear that the team members made good progress individually during my short time with them this season,” he said. “This is due in large part to the great attitude each team member displayed all season.

“The team should be very proud of how hard they fought all year.”

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TENNIS: Pierson’s streak at 12, men fall to Mesa

TENNIS: Pierson’s streak at 12, men fall to Mesa

By STEVE CHOICE

wPg15-Tennis-Pierson-VivianThe Pima Community College women’s tennis team (12-4, 5-2 ACCAC) dominated Mesa Community College at the Tucson Racquet Club on April 2, winning 8-1.

Sophomore Vivian Pierson continued her stellar season for the seventh-ranked Aztecs, winning her 12th consecutive match at No. 6 singles.

“I’m excited about it; it feels really good,” the Tucson native said of the streak. “I feel like I’m playing my best tennis right now. I love coming out here every day, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Pierson was quick to attribute her success to good mentoring.

“I owe a lot to Gretchen (Schantz, Pima’s head coach). She’s really been there for me,” Pierson said. “Also, my coach in high school really motivated me.

“He brought me out here to the racquet club, so that’s how I met Gretchen. I did a few summer camps here that helped me a lot. I think it’s paying off now.”

PCC swept the singles matches against Mesa. Other Aztec winners included sophomores Helen Altieri and Julienne Cananea and freshmen Helena Meyer, Torie Wake and Amy Beeston.

Sophomore Kari Emery missed the match with an injury.

The Aztecs shut out Glendale 9-0 on the road on March 26, as Altieri and Emery teamed to win their seventh doubles match in eight attempts.

On March 21, PCC fell for the second time this year to No. 6 Eastern Arizona College, again by a 5-4 score.

The Gila Monsters took four of six singles matches in the encounter at the TRC.

On the men’s side, the Aztecs (3-6, 2-5 ACCAC) dropped a 5-4 decision at Mesa on April 2.

Sophomore D.J. Campas and freshman Brian Soto won their No. 2 doubles match 8-4. Both players also won their singles matches.

Sophomore Dylan Vo was PCC’s other victor, beating Marco Navarro 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

The Aztecs fell 8-1 to Scottsdale Community College on March 28 at the TRC.

Freshman Landon Trejo was Pima’s only winner, as he took his No. 6 singles match 3-6, 7-5, 12-10.

On March 26, the Aztecs got their first victory under new head coach Brian Ramirez, downing Glendale Community College 6-3 at the TRC.

Pima took two of the doubles matches, as the No. 1 duo of sophomores Joe Owen and Vo beat Tommy Sertich and Rylan Mills 8-5.

At No. 6 singles, Trejo defeated Enrique Ledesma 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

The men’s team is scheduled to play at Paradise Valley Community College on April 4. The women will play Paradise Valley at West Campus on the same day. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

 

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TENNIS: Men fall to Scottsdale, women defeat Glendale

TENNIS: Men fall to Scottsdale, women defeat Glendale

 By STEVE CHOICE

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Freshman Amy Beeston, left, and Torie Wake confer during a match.
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The Pima Community College women’s tennis team dominated Glendale Community College on March 26.

The Aztecs (11-4, 4-2 ACCAC) shut out Glendale 9-0 on the road, and sophomore Vivian Pierson continued her 11-match win streak with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles.

On March 21, PCC faced Eastern Arizona College, a squad that has seemingly become Pima’s kryptonite this year.

The seventh-ranked Aztecs fell for the second time to EAC, again by a 5-4 score.

The No. 6 Gila Monsters took four of six singles matches in the encounter at the Tucson Racquet Club.

PCC prevailed in two of the three doubles matches. Freshmen Torie Wake and Amy Beeston defeated Kayla White and Loni Karras 9-7 at No. 2, while sophomore Julienne Cananea and freshman Helena Meyer teamed for an 8-5 win over Ashley Pedro and Kindrea Holliday at No. 3 doubles.

Beeston and sophomore Pierson won at singles for Pima.

On March 19,the Aztecs defeated Paradise Valley Community College 9-0 in Phoenix.

Among other Pima winners, sophomores Helen Altieri and Kari Emery destroyed their opponents at No. 1 doubles, 8-0.

PCC also had a good time on Spring Break. The Aztecs got to hit Cali, but they weren’t there to surf, go clubbing or hang out at the beach.

Pima went to compete in the California Tournament on March 11-13, wrapping up a spotless 3-0 trip with an 8-1 victory over Ventura College (Calif.) on the final day.

Altieri and Emery had a tough match at the No. 1 doubles slot, but downed Sonia Landeros and Katy Scheck 8-6. PCC also took the other two doubles matches.

Emery blanked Scheck at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, while Beeston held off Laura Varela at No. 4 singles, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.

PCC scored a 5-4 victory over Orange Coast College (Calif.) on the second day of the tourney.

The Aztecs dropped two of three doubles matches, but recovered to take four singles matchups to pull out the win.

Pima kicked off the tourney with a hard-fought 8-1 triumph over Glendale College (Calif.). PCC won three tiebreakers in singles matches to help secure the victory.

“This trip showed our depth as a team this year, which is what it takes to win,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.

On the men’s side, the Aztecs (3-5, 2-4 ACCAC) fell to Scottsdale Community College 8-1 on March 28 at the TRC.

Freshman Landon Trejo was Pima’s only winner, as he took his No. 6 singles match 3-6, 7-5, 12-10.

On March 26, the Aztecs got their first victory under new head coach Brian Ramirez, downing Glendale 6-3 at the TRC.

Pima took two of the doubles matches, as the No. 1 duo of sophomores Joe Owen and Dylan Vo beat Tommy Sertich and Rylan Mills 8-5.

At No. 6 singles, Trejo defeated Enrique Ledesma 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Ramirez met his new team on March 18, then coached them the next day against Paradise Valley.

His squad came up just short, falling 5-4 to the visitors.

The former University of Arizona and Stanford University assistant had a positive initial impression of his players.

“I like all the guys a lot; they’re wonderful guys,” he said. “I’m just finding out now where each guy’s game is at, what his strengths are, and where it maybe needs a little help and can grow.”

His players were happy, too, especially since former head coach Nelson Payne hasn’t been leading the team since February.

“We’re really excited to have a new coach, because we haven’t had one for a while,” sophomore D.J. Campas said. “He has a lot of experience, and I think he’s only going to help us from here.”

The men’s team is scheduled to play at Mesa Community College on April 2. The women will play Mesa at the TRC on the same day. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

 

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Women

April 2:  Mesa CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.

 

Men

April 2:  @ Mesa CC, 1:30 p.m.

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