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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Feb. 20: Benedictine University (Mesa), Tucson Racquet Club, 1 p.m.
Feb. 22: Arizona Christian University, Tucson Racquet Club, 2 p.m.
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.
Feb. 14-15: @ Mesa Invitational, Mesa, noon
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.
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.”
By ALFRED DICOCHEA III
Pima Community College’s Men’s Tennis (2-6, 0-6 in ACCAC) finished its season in Glendale at the Regional I tournament.
In the first day of the Regional I tournament on April 21, Pima was only able to advance two players to the second day of matches.
Sophomores Josh Henkel and Francisco Ton won their respected singles matches to advance. Pima was shut out in doubles matches. In the second day of the Region I Tournament on April 22 Ton fell in his No. 3 singles match and Henkel lost his No. 4 singles match.
Pima fell short to qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament. The top three teams in the region qualified for Nationals. Pima was tied for third, but lost out in the tiebreaker against Glendale to advance.
Pima Community College Women’s Tennis team (9-8, 6-2 in ACCAC) won their second Region I Championship in program history; first since 2012. Pima wrapped up the regular season winning five of heir last six leading into their Region I Tournament victory in Glendale.
Pima’s season ended on the second day of NJCAA National Tournament on May 4. The Aztecs had a clean sweep in the first day of the NJCAA National Tournament on May 3 advancing in all matches. Pima’s second day went differently, as they got swept in round of 16 ending their season.
In the first day of the Region I Tournament on April 21, Pima won out in their singles matches. Freshmen Noelle Karp had to fight to win her singles match. She won a three set match that lasted over three hours.
In the second round of the Region I Tournament on April 22, the Aztecs sealed the win with 19 points winning by a margin of four. They took home four individual titles.
Sophomores Cristina Oropeza and Yani Alameda both won singles titles. Oropeza won the No. 2 singles title, while Alameda won the No.3 singles title. Freshmen Stephanie Nickles and Jahnessa Mackey took home the No. 3 doubles title.
Coach Gretchen Schantz is coming off her second Region I Championship win of her career.
Schantz thinks her current team is a little more constant then the one in 2012.
“This team by far was a full team experience, every single person got to every single final and that’s why we won it. We didn’t win it by draws; we won by being a more consistent team.” She said.
Pima is bringing back four All ACCAC players next season in Karp, sophomore Ema Hernandez, Nickles and Mackey.
Pima had its share of postseason honors as everyone made the all-conference team.
Karp won Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Player To Watch Award for Region II.
By ALFRED DICOCHEA III
Pima Community College women’s tennis team (9-8, 6-2 in ACCAC) finished up the regular season on a strong note. Pima won its last five out of six games going into regionals, putting them over .500 overall for the season and four games over .500 in conference play.
Pima’s late season surge was headlined by freshman Jahnessa Mackey’s (8-0) eight straight wins and her undefeated singles play season.
Pima was at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale on April 21, 22 for the Region I Tournament. Results will be in upcoming issues of the Aztec Press.
Pima closed out the regular season on high note, shutting out Paradise Valley Community College, on April 14. Pima’s win against PVC put them over .500 for the first time since the opening match.
Pima’s shutout was headlined by Mackey’s eight straight wins, finishing her season undefeated in conference play 8-0.
As a team, Pima dominated in both singles and doubles. Pima shutout PVC on the way to winning all three doubles matches. In singles, only a single point was given up by Pima in all of the six matches.
The Aztecs traveled to Glendale Community College and beat GCC 8-1 on April 9.
Pima’s win against Glendale gave them a record of .500 for only the second time this year since their second meet, two months ago.
The Aztecs swept Glendale 3-0 in doubles. Sophomores Ema Hernandez and Yanseli Alameda won a tight one in their No. 2 doubles match 9-8. While Freshmen Noelle Karp and Sophomore Cristina Oropeza won their No. 1 doubles match impressively 8-2 and Mackey and freshman Stephanie Nickles won their No.3 doubles match by default.
Pima went 4-1 in singles play, wrapping up the match against Glendale as quickly as possible. Alameda, Karp, Nickles and Oropeza won their singles matches. Mackey also won her singles match, keeping her winning streak alive at seven straight.
Four players were named to the All-ACCAC Conference first-team: Mackey, Oropeza in singles and Alameda and Hernandez in doubles. Five players were named second-team: Hernandez and Nickles in singles and duos Karp and Oropeza, and Mackey and Nickles in doubles.
Pima’s last game of the regular season didn’t end as planned, losing to Paradise Valley Community College 8-1 on April 14.
Pima was completive in doubles, but couldn’t get the job done getting swept by PVC 3-0. In singles Pima’s only single win came from Ton at the No. 3 spot. Ton win put in him at 6-2 for the year. The rest of the team was completive, but like doubles, couldn’t get the job done.
Pima hosted Glendale Community College on April 9. Pima lost a close one, as Glendale won 5-4.
The Aztecs went 1-2 in doubles. Foitik and Ton fell short 9-8 in the tie-breaker for the No. 1 doubles match. Henkel and Vazquez lost a close one, 8-6. Lancaster and Bravo won their doubles match 8-2.
Pima went 3-3 in singles play with victories from Ton, Amaya and Bravo.
By ALFRED DICHOCHEA III
Pima Community College men’s tennis team (2-4, 0-4 in ACCAC) is coming off a rough part of the season, having lost every conference match and losing four out six in regular play.
Pima traveled up to Mesa to face off against a familiar foe in Mesa Community College on April 2. Pima faced the same result as last the outting against Mesa being shutout 9-0.
The Aztecs were handled pretty easily by Mesa. Pima scored no more than three points in any singles match and in doubles they were shutout.
Pima hosted Skagit Valley College for a non-conference meet on March 30 and won a tight one at 6-3.
Sophomore Richard Foitik put the game away with his number one singles win. Pima went 2-1 in doubles play. Sophomores Mathieu Lancaster, Bravo, and Francisco Ton and Foitik got the wins for doubles.
Pima went 4-2 in singles play. Sophomore Michael Amaya, Lancaster and Ton won their singles matches on top of Foitik’s meet-sealing win in singles play.
The Aztecs faced off against Paradise Valley Community College on March 26 and lost a close one at 4-5.
The Aztecs went 1-2 in doubles, Ton and Foitik won the only doubles match for Pima. In singles Pima fared a bit better, as they spilt with PVCC 3-3. Ton and Foitik won their singles matches on top of their doubles win.
Pima Community College women’s tennis team (7-8, 4-2 in ACCAC) has been on a roll winning four of the last five matches.
The Aztecs squared off against Mesa Community College on April 2, winning 6-3.
Pima swept Mesa in doubles, 3-0. Two of the games were won by fewer than three points and the third game resulted in a shutout. In singles, Pima went 3-3 splitting with Mesa. Freshmen Stephanie Nickles and sophomore Cristina Oropeza both picked up wins in singles play.
Freshman Jahnessa Mackey also won her number 6th spot for her seventh straight singles win and the game sealing win.
The Aztecs hosted number nine-ranked Eastern Arizona College in conference play on March 31. Pima went on to lose, as their come back fell short losing 5-4.
The Aztecs were swept in doubles matches, as they lost both of their matches by one point. Pima played well in singles as they went 4-2.
Mackey also picked up a win, making it her sixth straight wins.
Pima beat Skagit Valley College of Mount Vernon, Wash., March 30, shutting out SVC 9-0.
Pima handled doubles pretty easily as they won every match by more than four points. Pima dominated in singles and never lost a single set against SVC.
Pima shut out Paradise Valley Community College 9-0 on March 26 in Phoenix.
April 9: Glendale CC, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.
April 14: @Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.
April 9: @Glendale CC, Glendale, 1:30 p.m.
April 14: Paradise Valley CC, TRC-Tucson 1:30 p.m.
April 21-22: @Region 1 Tournament, Paseo Racquet Club- Glendale, TBA
By ALFRED DICOCHEA III
Pima tennis is looking to get back on track after a few losses and long break from play for both teams.
The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (4-7, 2-1 in ACCAC) look to improve as they get over .500 in coference.
The Aztecs after a tough loss in California, got back on the right track after shouting out Glendale Community College (9-0) on March 24. The win gives Pima a winning record in coference.
Pima handled GCC easily for the most part. The Aztecs in doubles won every game by no more then six points. Pima in singles had a similar result. A few of them fell behind early, but everyone swept their matches.
Sophomore Cristina Oropeza and freshman Noelle Karp at the number one doubles position, with the doubles win against GCC puts them at .500 for the season at (5-5).
For singles, Karp at the number one position is (4-6) and Oropeza at the number two has the team’s best record at (6-4).
The Aztecs split on the road in California, March 17-18.
Pima lost 6-3 against Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif. on March 18.
Sophomores Ema Hernandez and Yani Alameda won their doubles match, while Oropeza and freshman Jahnessa Mackey won their singles matches.
Pima got a 6-3 win against San Diego Mesa College on March 17. Pima swept SDMC in doubles matches and won three singles matches.
Freshmen Mackey, Karp and Alameda won their singles matches.
Mackey won via a shutout and Karp gave up just one point. Alameda won a tie breaker in her victory.
The Aztecs next game will play Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix on March 26.
The Pima Community College men’s tennis team (1-2, 0-2 in ACCAC) find themselves in a tough spot coming off a loss.
The Aztecs are coming off another long break and a shutout loss against Glendale Community College on March 7.
Pima’s woes continued as they lost to Glendale Community College 6-3 on March 24. Pima’s loss to GCC is their second consecutive loss in conference.
The Aztecs went 1-2 for doubles, with sophomores Juan Bravo and Mathieu Lancaster getting the win. Pima in singles went 2-4. Sophomore Francisco Ton (2-1) and Bravo (2-1) would get the wins.
Pima played tough, but that wasn’t enough to get the win.
Pima next game will be at the Tucson Racquet Club on March 26 against Paradise Valley Community College.
March 26: @ Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.
March 30: Skagit Valley College, TRC-Tucson, 1 p.m.
March 31: Eastern Arizona College, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.
April 2: Mesa CC, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.
March 26: Paradise Valley CC, TRC-Tucson, 1:30 p.m.
March 30: Skagit Valley College, TRC-Tucson, 1 p.m.
April 2: @ Mesa CC, Mesa, 1:30 p.m.
By ALFRED DICOCHEA III
Pima Community College women’s tennis team’s woes continue to grow after tough losses to Ohio Northern University and Eastern Arizona College.
The team is 2-6, 1-1 in ACCAC so far this season.
Even with the below .500 record, head coach Gretchen Schantz isn’t worried.
“We are ranked 15th in the country, so I don’t think we’ve had a slow start, just a tough schedule which makes us stronger in the end,” she said.
On March 5, Pima saw some more out-of-state competition, as Ohio Northern University traveled down to Arizona. ONU beat Pima 6-3.
Freshmen Noelle Karp and sophomore Cristina Oropeza paired up to get the doubles win and the two singles wins. The wins put Karp at 2-6 and Oropeza at 5-3 for season.
On March 3, Pima bounced back after a disappointing first conference match and picked up its first conference victory of the season, beating Mesa Community College 6-3.
Pima swept Mesa in doubles, picking up three well-earned doubles matches.
In singles, Jahnessa Mackey, Nickels and Oropeza all picked up wins against Mesa. Oropeza picked up her team-leading third singles win of the season.
On Feb. 26, Pima played Eastern Arizona College. EAC handed Pima its fifth consecutive loss with a final score of 7-2.
In doubles, Alameda and Hernandez earned Pima’s only doubles win, 8-2. In singles, Mackey picked up the only victory, winning her sets 6-3 and 6-1.
The women’s next match will be at San Diego-Mesa College on March 17 at 2 p.m.
Pima’s men’s tennis team (1-1, 0-1 in ACCAC) will try to kick some rust off, as they play their first non-scrimmage play in nearly a month.
Head coach Brian Ramirez thinks his players are growing.
“Season is going well so far. Players are competing well and have shown a willingness to learn,” he said.
On March 3, Pima hosted Mesa Community College, losing 9-0.
“Pima did a fantastic job against Mesa and showed a great deal of fight and ability to make others compete,” Ramirez said
Pima will have to wait awhile to bounce back from their loss.
The team next plays at Glendale Community College on March 24 at 1:30 p.m.
By ALFRED DICOCHEA III
Pima Community College Women’s Tennis team (1-4) found out the hard way that things are bigger in Texas, as Pima went down to Plano for the Texas Tournament on Feb 13 and 14. Pima had played four matches total all against ranked teams. Pima would go on to lose all four matches.
In the first match of tournament Pima would lose their first match of season the same way they won their first match of season. Pima would be shout out 9-0 by No. 13 North Central Texas College.
In the second match of tournament Pima would go up against No. 7 Seminole State College (FL). Pima would drop their second consecutive match, losing to Seminole State 8-1. Sophomore Cristina Oropeza would be the only one to deliver a victory for Pima.
The third match Pima would square off against No. 8 Collin College, Pima would lose 7-2, Oropeza and freshmen Stephanie Nickles both would go on and win their singles matches. Oropeza would go 2-2 for the tournament, giving her the best performance of the tournament.
“I was very impressed with how she played” said head coach Gretchen Schantz about Oropeza . “Especially the school played at the number two level, those girls our tough” she said.
I the four and final match, Pima would suffer some bookending. Pima would be shout out for the second time in the tournament losing to No. 2 ranked Tyler Junior College 9-0. Pima had a rough time at the tournament going 0-4, dropping them to 1-4 for season.
Both the Men and Women went up Mesa for the ACCAC Jamboree. The Jamboree was chance for Pima to get its first look at conference competition.
Pima Community College Men’s Tennis team (1-0) is pretty excited about the Jamboree after almost two weeks off since their first game of the season.
“I’m excited, it’s the first time to see all the other teams in our conference.” Said Sophomore Joshua Henkel. “I don’t think it’s going to affect us a lot. We’ve been here working hard.” He said about the long break from play.
By ALFRED DICOCHEA III
The Pima Community College (1-0) is bringing in a veteran men’s team into 2015, as everyone is returning from their 26th place performance at last year’s national tournament.
Pima is looking to upstage last year’s performance as experience will be a key.
One of the returning players, sophomore Richard Foitik, is all-in for this upcoming season.
“I’m excited, I’m ready for season to start,” he said. “I’m ready to do well.”
Foitik feels that the team is coming along much better this season.
“I feel we’re more dominant, we have a lot more experienced players. All the hard practice that we’ve been doing it’s really paying off,” he said.
Pima had a strong showing against Imperial Valley College as they produced a shut out in both singles and doubles, Feb. 7.
Pima went 6-0 in singles, but it didn’t come easy as most of the matches were tight.
Even though it was a shutout victory there were a few tight matches. Notably in the No.1 singles match Foitik defeated his opponent in the first two sets with a 6-3 game score in each of them.
Sophomore Juan Bravo survived a tie-breaker in the last match to hold on to the shut out.
Bravo also faced a tough match with a third-set tiebreaker in which he defeated his opponent 6-3, 2-6, (10-5) in the No. 4 singles match.
In doubles it was a lot less nerve racking as Pima went 3-0 with two of the three not allowing Imperial to get single game point.
Foitik and doubles partner Francisco Ton dominated in doubles play shutting out their opponents 8-0.
The Pima Community College women’s team (1-0) who is coming off their 17th place finish in last year’s national tournament, is looking to win a Regional championship.
With sophomore Yanseli Alameda returning after her national tournament quarterfinal performance, and freshman Susan Fox the season looks promising.
Head coach Gretchen Schantz is as ready as always for the season and optimistic about the upcoming schedule.
“I’m always excited for the season to begin,” he said. “We play the top schools to learn how to deal with different challenges.”
Schantz holds the standard at competing in the regional championship as a standard.
“We’re always competing for the regional championship,” he said. “We work hard all season to compete at our highest level during the regional tournament.”
Pima had a dominating performance in their opener against Imperial Valley College (0-1) on Feb. 7 as they produced a shut out in both singles and doubles play.
In singles play Pima went 6-0 and not allowing more than one game Point in any the matches.
Doubles had a similar outcome as Pima went 3-0 and giving up nothing more than two game points in any their matches.
Feb. 13-14: @ Texas Tournament, Plano, all day
Feb. 20: @ ACCAC Jamboree, Mesa CC, Mesa, all day
Feb. 26: @ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 20: @ ACCAC Jamboree, Mesa CC, Mesa, all day
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.
“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.
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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.”
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.”
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.
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.