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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 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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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: 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.
Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano.

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.

 

ON DECK

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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TENNIS: Men drop close one, women go undefeated in California

TENNIS: Men drop close one, women go undefeated in California

By STEVE CHOICE

The Pima Community College men’s tennis team (2-3, 1-2 ACCAC) fell 5-4 to Mesa Community College on March 5 at West Campus.

Sophomore Joe Owen fell to Ryan Huss at No. 1 singles 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, clinching the team match for Mesa.

Singles winners for Pima included sophomores Dylan Vo and David Campas and freshman Brian Soto.

PCC’s lone doubles win came in the No. 3 match, where Soto and freshman Landon Trejo downed their opponents 8-2.

On March 28, Scottsdale Community College shut out the Aztecs 9-0 on the Fighting Artichokes’ home courts.

Soto played the most competitive match of the day for Pima, falling 6-2, 6-4 to Jeremy Johnson.

Earlier in the year, PCC had identified Scottsdale as an opponent it would need to fight for a postseason berth, so the Aztecs will likely be spoiling for revenge when the two squads tangle again on March 28.

Pima had better luck at Glendale Community College on Feb. 26, downing the hosts 6-3.

The Aztecs rode five singles triumphs to victory over the Gauchos, including a dramatic 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) win for Vo in the No. 2 slot.

Other singles winners for Pima were Owen, Campas, Soto and Trejo. Owen and Vo teamed up for an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles.

On the women’s side, PCC (9-3, 2-1 ACCAC) completed a spotless trip to Los Angeles with an 8-1 victory over Ventura College (Calif.) on day three of the California Tournament. The Aztecs went 3-0 in the Golden State.

The Aztecs swept the doubles matches against Ventura. At the No. 1 slot, sophomores Helen Altieri and Kami Emery had a tough match, but downed Sonia Landeros and Katy Scheck 8-6.

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

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

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

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

Altieri and Emery blanked Kystal Hernandez and Nicole Pham 8-0 at No. 1 doubles for the lone Pima doubles triumph.

Altieri and Emery also prevailed in their singles matches, along with sophomores Julienne Cananea and Vivian Pierson.

The Aztecs 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.

At No. 2 singles, Emery held off Allie Amor 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.

Beeston came back to defeat Amanda Dring 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 at No. 4 singles, while Cananea also posted a comeback victory at No. 5 singles, winning 6-7, 6-2, 10-5 over Sydni Farzadkish.

The Aztecs easily controlled Mesa on March 5, winning 8-1 on the road.

Emery fought back to defeat Madison Porter at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6.

Other singles winners for PCC were Altieri, Pierson, Cananea and freshman Tori Wake.

On Feb. 26, the Aztecs hammered Glendale Community College 9-0 at West Campus.

Beeston shut down Jackie Mettler 6-3, 6-1 to complete the sweep for Pima.

Wake and Beeston won 8-0 at No. 2 doubles, and Altieri and Emery teamed up for an 8-1 drubbing of their opponents in the No. 1 slot.

Pima dropped a 5-4 road decision against Eastern Arizona College on Feb. 21. The Aztecs took two of three doubles matches against their archrivals, but managed only two victories in the six singles matches.

Wake and Beeston won at No. 2 doubles, as did the No. 3 pair of freshman Helena Meyer and Cananea.

In singles play, Beeston and Pierson picked up victories for PCC.

The women are currently ranked No. 7 in Division I of the NJCAA. They will next play at Paradise Valley Community College on March 19.

The men’s team is scheduled to host Paradise Valley on March 19.

 

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Women

March 19:  @ Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.

 

Men

March 19:  Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.

 

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GOLF: Women second in Mesa, men fifth

GOLF: Women second in Mesa, men fifth

By JAIME HERNANDEZ

The Pima Community College women’s golf team placed second at Mesa’s Dobson Ranch Golf Course in a tournament held on March 9-10.

The Aztecs carded 697 as a team, while Mesa Community College took first with 641.

Freshman Josie Trapnell medaled for the third straight tournament, coming in third with 163 strokes.

Sophomores Abriana Romero and Shelby Empens totaled 171 and 176, respectively, while freshman Brittney Makar had a 187 for the two-day event.

Pima finished in second place out of six squads in a tournament at Tucson’s Silverbell Golf Course on Feb. 25-26.

PCC shot a combined score of 705. The second-place finish put them in second place in the conference and region.

Trapnell led the Aztecs with another strong performance, finishing in second position with a score of 160.

Romero shot 177, Empens carded a 182, and Makar totaled 186 strokes for the tournament.

“The first day we were not too strong,” said head coach Bill Nicol. “The second day we were much better.”

The team surged from four shots down to overtake Chandler-Gilbert Community College at the end of the tournament.

Mesa won its second tournament this year, and is in first place in both the region and conference.

“Their short game is a little better than ours now, but we are getting better and better,” said Nicol.

The women have their work cut out for them with two tournaments back-to-back.

Pima will finish its two-day tournament at the Legend at Arrowhead Golf Course in Cave Creek, Ariz., on March 12.

The men took fifth at Dobson Ranch on March 9-10, totaling 578 to finish just one stroke behind fourth-place Mesa.

Sophomore Joe Courtney placed seventh with a 140 to lead Pima.

Freshman Tyler Cooper shot 144, while sophomore Austin Stuessel totaled 145 for the two days.

PCC finished a March 4-5 tournament in Glendale in fifth place, shooting a 598. Scottsdale Community College won, totaling 580 strokes.

Stuessel shot the low score for the Aztecs with a 148. Next up were freshman David Chung with a 151 and Courtney with a 152.

The fourth-place finish put the Aztecs in fourth place in the conference.

“There is better golf in all of them,” said head coach Grant Waltke.

Courtney shot the low round of the tournament with a 67 on the second day.

“I think there is nothing but good rounds ahead for him,” said Waltke.

 

Brittny Makar admiring her shot as she blasts it by the tee

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TENNIS: Pima netters swing into action

TENNIS: Pima netters swing into action

By STEVE CHOICE

It’s time to break out the racquets and crack open a fresh canister of balls. After training all offseason, the Pima Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams will finally kick off their respective campaigns.

Women’s head coach Gretchen Schantz is feeling upbeat about this year’s squad as she begins her seventh year at the helm.

“I’m really excited about this team,” Schantz said. “This is definitely one of the strongest teams I’ve had. It may be the deepest we’ve ever been from top to bottom.”

Though All-ACCAC performer Tatum Rochin has moved on to Northern Arizona University, Pima’s cupboard is hardly bare.

Sophomores Helen Altieri and Kari Emery both garnered all-conference honors last year, and are back to anchor PCC’s lineup.

Schantz likes how her incoming freshmen are adapting to the step-up in play.

“They’re all doing really well so far,” she said. “We have a couple of kids from out of state, and they’re really enjoying their experiences.”

Schantz points to Eastern Arizona College as an early favorite to challenge for the conference title, along with her own squad.

“Eastern’s usually the favorite, and they will be again this year,” she said. “Last year we finally beat them.”

The Pima coach called the Texas Tournament to be held Feb. 15-17 in Plano, Texas, “the biggest challenge” the Aztecs have on their schedule. The tourney will feature many of the top junior college teams in the nation.

“Hopefully we can get a few wins for seeding at nationals,” Schantz said. “Our main goal this year is to do well at nationals.”

For the men, first-year head coach Nelson Payne will lead a “young squad” with high hopes.

“I think we’ve got a very good chance of finishing second in the conference,” Payne said. “We’ve got some real good players coming in.”

The Aztecs will also rely on sophomores Joe Owen and Dylan Vo, who were Pima’s top two players last season.

“Having both of those guys back is a huge plus for us,” Payne said.

Vo was named to the All-ACCAC second team in 2012.

Payne says reigning ACCAC champ Mesa Community College will be the team to beat again this year, and sees Scottsdale Community College and Pima battling for the next position.

“Whoever wins the first one between us and Scottsdale will have the upper hand,” he said.

PCC is scheduled to play the Fighting Artichokes on Feb. 28 in Scottsdale. The rematch will be at the Tucson Racquet Club on March 28.

Both the men’s and women’s squads were scheduled to face Western New Mexico University at the Tucson Racquet Club on Feb. 6. The paper went to press before results were available.

ON DECK

Men:

Feb. 9:  Imperial Valley College (Calif.), Tucson Racquet Club, 10 a.m.

Women:

Feb. 9:  Imperial Valley College (Calif.), Tucson Racquet Club, 2 p.m.

Feb. 15-17:  @ Texas Tournament (Plano)

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MEN'S TENNIS: Team at 23rd place at nationals

MEN’S TENNIS: Team at 23rd place at nationals

Compiled from PCC press releases
The Pima Community College men’s tennis team didn’t have any players competing May 17 on the fourth day of the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas. In the standings, the Aztecs were in 23rd place with six points.
The Aztecs provided some highlights in the tournament as Joe Owen and Dylan Vo made it to the semifinals of the No. 1 doubles consolation bracket. Aaron Vazquez also made it to the semifinals but in No. 4 singles competition.
The final day of competition at Collin College is on Friday, May 18.
The Pima Community College men’s tennis team finished the third day of competition in the NJCAA National Tournament in 23rd place with five points.
Joe Owen and Aaron Vazquez advanced to the semifinals in their respected consolation brackets but fell in those matchups. Owen defeated Tony O’Connell from New Mexico Military Institute 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles consolation quarterfinals but lost to Alexander Puyol from Mississippi Golf Coast Community College 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals. Vazquez beat Kevin Kerndl from the College of DuPage (Illinois) 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles consolation bracket but dropped the semifinals match to Nick Georgian from Mississippi Golf Coast Community College 6-1, 6-1.

 

Owen and No. 1 doubles partner Dylan Vo lost in the consolation bracket quarterfinals 6-4, 6-1 while DJ Campas fell 6-0, 6-3 in his consolation quarterfinals match at No. 6 singles.

 

 

For complete tournament results go to: usta.com TennisLink USTA Adult Tournaments Tournament I.D.: 800022212

 

The Pima men’s tennis team is facing tough competition at the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas, as the Aztecs finished the second day with four points, which ties them for 23rd place.

 

 

The Aztecs lost two close matchups as Brandon Haag fought back but lost to Ricardo Franco from the College od DuPage (Illinois) in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 in the No. 3 singles consolation bracket. In No. 3 doubles play, Baldamar Audeves and Aaron Vazquez (Pueblo HS) lost in the round of 16 main-draw bracket and had to play again in the second round of the consolation bracket. They dropped a three-set match in the consolation bracket to Joshua Coen and Alex Munroe from Mesa Community College 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.

 

 

The Aztecs play four quarterfinals matchups in the consolation brackets on May 16. Joe Owen will represent the Aztecs in the No. 1 singles singles match. Vazquez will compete in No. 4 singles while DJ Campas plays at the No. 6 singles spot. Owen and Vo will be in the No. 1 doubles match.

 

 

For complete tournament results go to: usta.com TennisLink USTA Adult Tournaments Tournament I.D.: 800022212

 

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The Pima men’s tennis team finished the first day of the NJCAA National Tournament at Collin College in Plano, Texas, on May 14 with a pair of single victories and opportunities to advance in the main draw and consolation brackets.
Dylan Vo advanced to the round of 16 after beating McEnroe Apostol from the College of DuPage (Illinois) 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the No. 2 singles tournament. Vo will play Matt Campbell from Tyler Junior College in Tuesday’s matchup.
In No. 5 singles competition, Baldamar Audeves beat Jhustin Boston from Oakton Community College (Illinois) 6-1, 6-1. He will play Ed Spilman from Vincennes University (Indiana) in the round of 16.
Joe Owen, Brandon Haag, Aaron Vazquez and D.J. Campas lost their opening round matchups but will play in consolation brackets on Tuesday.
In doubles competition, Audeves and Vazquez had a bye and will play Caio Nunes and Johnathan Taylor from Seminole State College (Oklahoma) in Tuesday’s round of 16 matchup. The No. 1 doubles team of Owen/Vo and No. 2 doubles duo of Campas/Haag will play in consolation brackets after dropping their first round matches.
For complete tournament results go to: usta.com TennisLink USTA Adult Tournaments Tournament I.D.: 800022212
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WOMEN'S TENNIS: Aztecs finish national tournament in 16th place

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs finish national tournament in 16th place

Compiled from PCC press releases

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team finished the NJCAA national tourament in 16th place with a final score of 11.5. The tournament concluded May 10 in Tyler, Texas. Tyler Junior College won the tournament with a score of 47.
Pima highlights included individual wins over Collin County Community College, which  finished in 6th place for the tournament ,and New Mexico Military Institute, which finished 9th.
Helen Alteiri was part of both of those victories for Pima. She won a No. 2 singles match against Adalyn Hazelman from NMMI in the first round. In the No. 2 doubles main draw bracket, Alteiri and Kelly Ponzio beat Sharron Clark and Regan Perme in the round of 16.
Tatum Rochin received a full scholarship to play for Northern Arizona University in the fall. Rochin made it to the quarterfinals of the No. 1 singles consolation bracket. Rochin and No. 1 doubles partner Kari Emery made it to the semifinals of the consolation bracket.

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team finished the fourth day of the NJCAA National Tournament in 16th place with 11.5 points on May 9. The final day of the tournament is on Thursday but the Aztecs have been eliminated from individual competition.

In No. 1 doubles competition, Tatum Rochin and partner Kari Emery defeated Evgina Johnson and Heather Williams from Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket 6-0, 6-1. In the semifinals, Rochin and Emery lost a tough match to Ivanna Echezuria and Jessica Halterman from Meridian Community College (Mississippi) 6-2, 7-6 (2).

Emery made it to the semifinals of the No. 3 singles consolation bracket but lost to Ariana Raga from Cowley College (Kansas) 6-2, 6-1.

For complete tournament results go to: usta.com TennisLink USTA Adult Tournaments Tournament I.D.: 800006112

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The third day of the NJCAA National Tournament for women’s tennis came to a close on May 8 with Pima finishing in 17th place with 11 points and two players left in the competition.

Kari Emery won her quarterfinals matchup in the No. 3 singles consolation bracket after beating Nora Alcaino from Central Alabama 6-3, 6-1. Emery will play Ariana Raga from Cowley College (Kansas) in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Emery and No.1 doubles partner Tatum Rochin will play Evgina Johnson and Heather Williams from Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) in the consolation quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Rochin lost in the quarterfinals of the No.1 singles consolation bracket to Moraine Valley’s (Illinois) Nicole Selvaggio in a three-set thriller 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Helen Alteiri and Kelly Ponzio played two matches in the No. 2 doubles main draw bracket. They beat Sharron Clark and Regan Perme from Collin College (Texas) 6-2, 6-4 in the round of 16 but lost to Stephanie Cardullo and Ali Underhill from Broward College (Florida) in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-2. Alteiri and Ponzio were ranked No. 6 in the nation and Cardullo and Underhill were No. 4.

Olivia Cole-Encinas and Alecia Vasquez fell in their consolation bracket matchup to Catherine Cellitti and Liz Walters from Johnson County Community College (Kansas) 6-1, 6-2.

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team finished the second day of the NJCAA National Tournament May 7 in 17th place with a team score of 8.5.
The No. 2 doubles team of Helen Alteiri and Kelly Ponzio advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Alex Poole and Katie Sharpton from Snead State Community College (Alabama) 6-3, 6-0. Alteiri and Ponzio will play Sharron Clark and Regan Perme from Collin College (Texas). Alteiri had to forfeit her No. 2 singles match due to dehydration.
Tatum Rochin recovered from her first-round loss by beating Elana Berdichevsky from College of Lake County (Illinois) 6-0, 6-3 in the consolation bracket. She will play Moraine Valley’s (Illinois) Nicole Selvaggio in the quarterfinals.
Ponzio, Olivia Cole-Encinas and Alecia Vasquez lost their respective matchups in singles competition. Cole-Encinas and Vasquez lost their first-round No. 3 doubles matchup but will play Catherin Cellitti and Liz Walters from Johnson County Community College in the consolation bracket.
Kari Emery will play in the No. 1 doubles consolation bracket with Rochin and also in the quarterfinals of the No. 3 singles consolation bracket against Nora Alcaino from Central Alabama.

The Pima women’s tennis team earned six points and was tied for 12th place after May 6 first-day action of the NJCAA National Tournament at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.

The Aztecs got three wins in singles action. In No. 2 singles competition Helen Alteiri played through body cramps to defeat Adalyn Hazelman, from the New Mexico Military Institute, 6-4, 7-6 (4). She will play Eastern Arizona College’s Maja Sasa in the round of 16 on May 7.

Kelly Ponzio won her matchup in No. 4 singles action, defeating Susan Nguyen 6-1, 6-3. She’ll play Kristin Richardson from Cowley College (Kansas) in the round of 16.

Olivia Cole-Encinas advanced to the round of 16 after beating Leticia Monteiro from Seward County Community College (Kansas) 7-5, 7-5. Cole-Encinas will play Tyler Junior College’s Ariana Saldana in the next round.

Tatum Rochin and Kari Emery lost their first-round matchups in singles and doubles and will play in their respective consolation brackets. Alecia Vasquez also lost her first round match in No. 6 singles.

The second day of the National Tournament continues on May 7 with No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matchups kicking off.

For complete tournament results go to:
usta.com
TennisLink
USTA Adult Tournaments
Tournament I.D.: 800006112

By KYLE WASSON

Pima coaches and players were atop the list when tennis coaches of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference picked All-Conference teams.

Gretchen Schantz, the women’s tennis coach, took the Coach of the Year honor for the third time (her second consecutive). Schantz led the Aztecs to a 15-4 regular season record and 9-1 in conference play.

The team won its first Region I championship since moving to Division I play in 2004.

Men’s coach Sharif Moustafa was awarded Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year after guiding the Aztecs to a 6-2 conference record and second-place finish. The Aztecs finished in second place at the regional tournament.

The following is a list of players recognized for their regular season play:

WOMEN:

1st Team All-ACCAC

Tatum Rochin – ACCAC Player of the Year, No. 1 singles

Kari Emery – No. 3 singles

Olivia Cole-Encinas – No. 5 singles

Tatum Rochin & Kari Emery – No. 1 doubles

Helen Alteiri & Kelly Ponzio – No. 2 doubles

2nd Team All-ACCAC

Helen Alteiri – No. 2 singles

Kelly Ponzio – No. 4 singles

MEN:

1st Team All-ACCAC

Victor Cabada – No. 4 singles

2nd Team All-ACCAC

Dylan Vo – No. 2 singles

Brandon Haag – No. 3 singles

Aaron Vazquez – No. 6 singles

Brandon Haag & Victor Cabada – No. 2 doubles

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TENNIS: Men end season

TENNIS: Men end season

By KYLE WASSON

 The Pima Community College men’s tennis team lost its last match of the regular season at the West Campus on April 3 to Mesa Community College 7-2, securing a second place finish for the Aztecs.

 Victor Cabada fought back from 1-5 in the second set beating Tanner Hatch in the No. 4 singles match 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Brandon Haag defeated Alex Munroe 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles match. Dillian Vo and Mesa’s Shannon Nelson played a 3 hour and 15 minute singles match but Vo retired due to cramping. The match was 5-7, 7-5, 3-2 at the time officials called it.

 The Aztecs finished the regular season with an 8-8 overall record and 6-2 in ACCAC play.

 The NJCAA Region I tournament is slated for April 16-17. In No. 4 singles competition, Cabada took the No. 1 seed. Haag filled the No. 2 seed in No. 3 singles tournament play and Aaron Vazquez also snagged a No. 2 seed in the No. 6 singles competition.

Baldemar Audeves strokes a backhand against his Mesa Community College opponent. Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano.

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Men move up in ACCAC ranks

By KYLE WASSON

The Pima men’s tennis team won two of the three doubles matches against Paradise Valley Community College on Tuesday, winning 6-3 in the conference matchup.

Baldemar Audeves pulled from behind to take his No. 5 singles matchup 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, while teammate Dillian Vo beat Tayven Townsend, a premier player in the conference, 7-5, 6-3.

The Aztecs improved to 6-7 on the year, moving into second place in a close conference race. Pima’s next matchup is against Glendale Community College on March 27 at their place.

The team previously lost to Cerritos College (Calif.) 8-1 on March 20. However, the match featured some close matches.

Vo had success in his No. 2 singles match with a 6-2, 6-0 win. At No. 3 singles, Brandon Haag battled for three long sets but lost 7-6, 4-6, 10-8 in the tiebreaker. Audeves also lost a tough No. 5 singles match, 7-5, 7-5.

The Aztecs lost to Glendale College 8-1 in Glendale, Calif. on March 13, but No. 4 singles player Victor Cabada provided a boost of energy for the team.

Cabada bagged the only victory for the Aztecs, rallying to win his match 5-7, 6-4, 11-9. Cabada and doubles partner Haag lost a tough doubles match 9-7.

The Aztecs kicked off the road trip with a win against Imperial Valley College on March 11, 7-2.

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