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Men’s season comes to a close with loss

Men’s season comes to a close with loss

By D.R. WILLIAMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nationals await women’s team May 7-13

Nationals await women’s team May 7-13

By STEVEN FOWLER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aztecs finish with victory

Aztecs finish with victory

By D.R. WILLIAMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freshman Dalton Reisig deflects the ball during a match.

Freshman Dalton Reisig deflects the ball during a match.

Women's Tennis: PCC women looking ahead to postseason

Women’s Tennis: PCC women looking ahead to postseason

By STEVEN FOWLER

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 3 doubles match 8-3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ariz. on April 19-20.

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MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs’ win streak ends

MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs’ win streak ends

By D.R. WILLIAMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

Landon Trejo serves during a March 26 match.
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WOMEN’S TENNIS: Loss ends three-win streak, but women continue to roll

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

By STEVEN FOWLER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Aztecs swept the Gila Monsters in doubles competition.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

ON DECK

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

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

Kelsey Brown helps the Aztecs win in both doubles and singles play.
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MEN'S TENNIS: Aztecs fall against Glendale CC

MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs fall against Glendale CC

By D.R. WILLIAMS

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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WOMEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs sweeps road trip

By STEVEN FOWLER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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MEN'S TENNIS: Aztecs ready for rebound season

MEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs ready for rebound season

By D.R. WILLIAMS

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

match 8-0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

ON DECK

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

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

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

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Pima Aztecs storm back to the court

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Pima Aztecs storm back to the court

By STEVEN FOWLER

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (3-2, 1-1 in ACCAC) fell in an ACCAC conference match against No. 6 Mesa Community College on March 1 at the Tucson Racquet Club where the No. 19 ranked Aztecs were shut out 9-0.

Freshmen Kelsey Brown and Samantha Ruth fell 8-6 in their No. 1 doubles match. They were behind 5-2 but cut the deficit to one point at 6-5.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Stephanie Nickles and freshman Fernanda Miller lost 8-0. In the No. 3 doubles match, freshman Dana Pineda and sophomore Ema Hernandez fell 8-0 to Hanna Nelson and Julia Ortiz.

In singles competition, Miller dropped her match at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-1 while Nickles lost at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0.

Brown fell at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-0 while Pineda was shut out in her No. 6 singles match 6-0, 6-0 to Ortiz. Ruth lost at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1 and Hernandez dropped her match at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-1.

PCC opened conference play on Feb. 25 at the Tucson Racquet Club in a big way.

PCC opened ACCAC conference play with a dominating sweep in singles and doubles to beat Eastern Arizona College 9-0.

Brown fell behind early in the set of her first match at No. 1 singles but rallied off 11 consecutive points to win her match. At No. 2 singles, Ruth fell behind 2-3 in the second set but came back to win 6-3, 7-5.

Nickles maintained the lead throughout her match at No. 3 singles to win 6-3, 6-2 while fellow Hernandez won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4 singles. Miller shut out her opponent and won 6-0, 6-5 at No. 5 singles. Pineda won at No. 6 singles.

In doubles competition, Brown and Ruth shut out their opponents at No. 1 doubles while Nickles and Miller won at No. 2 doubles play. Hernandez and Pineda rallied off three straight set points and won 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.

The Aztecs will play several nonconference matches in California during spring break, starting at San Diego Mesa College on March 14 at 2 p.m. On March 16, PCC goes up against Grossmont College at 1 p.m.


 

ON DECK

March 14: @ San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, 2 p.m.

March 16: @ GrossmontCollege, El Cajon, 1 p.m.

March 22: @ Glendale CC, 1:30 p.m.

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

March 24: Paradise Valley CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: PCC rebounds from loss heading into conference play

WOMEN’S TENNIS: PCC rebounds from loss heading into conference play

By STEVEN FOWLER

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (2-1) won a non-conference match on Feb. 21 against a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school.

The No. 19 ranked Aztecs defeated Hastings College of Nebraska 7-2 at Mesa Community College. Pima won two of its doubles matches and earned the victory with five of six singles played.

Freshman Dana Pineda won a difficult match at No. 6 singles after dropping the second set to beat Molly Mitchell 7-6, 1-6, 13-11.

Sophomore Stephanie Nickles was in a close match at No. 3 singles and defeated Elizabeth Harlow 6-4, 6-4.

Freshman Samantha Ruth beat Alexa Obermier at No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-3.

Freshman Kelsey Brown and sophomore Ema Hernandez eaned shutout set victories.

Freshman Fernanda Miller lost at No. 5 singles 7-6, 6-0.

In doubles competition, Brown and Ruth won at the No. 3 doubles match 8-5.

The Aztecs opened its first match of the season at the Tucson Racquet Club against New Mexico State University on Feb. 12 with a 9-0 loss.

“Everyone was exposed to a higher level and realized they can play at that level with more hard work,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.

In doubles competition, No. 1 pair Brown and Ruth lost 8-0 to Rimpledeep Kaur and Ashvarya Shrivastav.

In the No. 2 doubles match, Miller and Nickles won on game but ultimately lost 8-1 to Erika Castillo-Lopez and Gabrielle Joyce. Sophomore Ema Hernandez and freshman Dana Pineda fell 8-0 to Chloe Jolliff and Lindsay Harlas.

In singles play, Brown lost to Shrivastav in the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-1 while Ruth fell to Castillo Lopez 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Nickles, however, picked up a game but ultimately lost to Jolliff 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

In No. 4 singles competition Hernandez was blanked by Mia Brandt 6-0, 6-0. Miller lost 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 5 singles match. Pineda went down in her No. 6 singles match to Elena Arnaudova 6-1, 6-0.

“I thought everyone on my team played great against New Mexico State, even though we lost I definitely think we played good competitive matches,” Nickles said.

Schantz seemed optimistic about the team going forward.

“Playing tough opponents early on changes the dynamic for the rest of the season,” Schantz said. “They know what level to expect from top junior colleges and what they are capable of.”

The match against Benedictine University scheduled for Feb. 20 was canceled.

“We couldn’t get a hold of the coach for a couple days and noticed he didn’t have a full roster online,” Schantz said. “Maybe next year.”

Stephanie Nickles runs to the side of the court in an attempt to keep the ball in place in this file photo from Spring 2015. Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics

Stephanie Nickles runs to the side of the court in an attempt to keep the ball in place in this file photo from Spring 2015.
Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics

 


 

 

ON DECK

Feb. 25: Eastern Arizona
College, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
March 1: Mesa Community College, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
March 14: @ San Diego Mesa College, 2 p.m.

MEN'S TENNIS: Team completes comeback for win

MEN’S TENNIS: Team completes comeback for win

By D.R. WILLIAMS

Men’s tennis was back in the swing of things on Feb. 6 at Pima’s West Campus as the Aztecs fought back from an early deficit to win the day against a California team, Imperial Valley College.

Sophomore Jesus Lopez and freshman Curtis Jeffery secured the team’s first victory at No. 3 doubles 9-8 (7-3). Jeffery also won his No. 6 singles match 6-2, 6-0 while Lopez won his No. 4 singles matchup 6-0 with a retirement in the second set.

“It’s not how you want to win the second set but it will do,” Lopez said after the win. “But it is going to take a team effort to pull it out.”

Sophomore Landon Trejo won the No. 5 singles match 6-2, 6-3. He struggled earlier in the day, suffered an 8-1 loss at No. 2 doubles with partner Raj Singh Kaila.

“Something was off; I just wasn’t hitting like normal,” Trejo said after the doubles match.

Singh Kaila later fell in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Marc Avalos had a tough outing with a loss at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1. He also fell short 9-8 (7-3) with doubles partner Dalton Reisig.

Reisig’s three-set singles victory, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, secured the team win by a count of 5-4 as the Aztecs started the season off on the right foot.

ON DECK

Feb. 20: Benedictine University (Mesa), Tucson Racquet Club, 1 p.m.

Feb. 22: Arizona Christian University, Tucson Racquet Club, 2 p.m.

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WOMENS TENNIS: Aztecs dominate Imperial Valley

WOMENS TENNIS: Aztecs dominate Imperial Valley

By STEVEN FOWLER

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team dominated singles and doubles play during its first match of the 2016 season.

The Aztecs shut out Imperial Valley College (California) 9-0 at the West Campus on Feb. 6.

Freshman Samantha Ruth played at No. 2 singles and won her match 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Ema Hernandez shut down her opponent, winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

“I think it was a great warm-up match,” Ruth said. “Even though our opponents were not very strong, we could all get back in the match play groove.”

Freshman Dana Pineda won her match at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0 while freshman Fernanda Miller won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.

Freshman Kelsey Brown and sophomore Stephanie Nickles won their matches at No. 1 and No. 3 singles respectively by default.

In doubles play, Hernandez and Pineda earned an 8-0 shutout victory in their No. 3 match. Nickles and Miller played at No. 2 doubles and earned an 8-1 victory. Brown and Ruth won their No. 1 doubles by default.

“We just need more experience playing doubles together but we will get plenty of that soon,” Ruth said.

PCC’s next match is against New Mexico State University at the Tucson Racquet Club on Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

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WOMEN
Feb. 14-15: @ Mesa Invitational, Mesa, noon

Court is in session for  men’s tennis

Court is in session for men’s tennis

By MICKEY RAY LAMB

After falling to conference rival Glendale Community College in the 2015 Regional Championship, Pima Community College men’s tennis head coach Brian Ramirez is looking to build off the successes and learn from the disappointments of the previous season.

Pima comes into the 2016 season with an entirely new roster of freshman: Charlie Carrizoza, Dalton Reisig, Landon Trejo, Marc Avalos, Curtis Jeffery, Jesus Lopez, Rad Singh Kaila and Ceasar Osuna.

The Aztecs first match of the season will be against Imperial Valley at the West Campus on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.

 

TENNIS: Making tennis a fashion

TENNIS: Making tennis a fashion

By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can she repeat next year?

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

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

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