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TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title


After both of Pima Community College teams closed out regular season play, they then went to play in the regional tournament at the Paseo Rcquet Center in Glendale.


April 6: PCC 9, Glendale CC 0

In the final regular season home match, the men’s tennis team (4-3, 3-3 ACCAC) dominated its opponents.

Sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton swept both singles and doubles matches, 6-0, 6-0 for the singles match and 8-0 for the doubles match.

Sophomore Dalton Reisig also earned a shutout victory against the Gaucho’s, 6-0, 6-0. With the help of freshman Francisco Sotelo, he took another sweep victory in the No. 2 doubles,  8-0.


April 11: PCC 5, Paradise Valley 4

On the road for one more regular season game, the Aztecs come back home with a final win.

Avalos, slotted as the No.1 singles player, beat his opponent in a tight first set 7-5, 6-3.

Sotelo earned his win after losing his first set, but would come back to clinch the match in the tiebreaker and second set 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

In No. 6 singles, Kaila earned his win after a dominating first set, 6-0, 6-2.

For doubles, Resieg and Sotelo earned a win over the No. 2 doubles opponent, 8-6.


April 18: Regional I Tournament

The men’s team had a strong start to their post-season play. Avalos and Ton took the No. 1 doubles title. They lost the first game but rallied back to take the win against Mesa Community College, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Avalos however dropped his No. 1 singles match, 6-3, 6-2. Sotelo fell in his No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-2. Kaila also lost his match in a sweep at the No. 6 singles slot, 0-6, 0-6.



April 6: PCC 7, Glendale CC 2

With their final home matches approaching, the Aztecs (5-4, 4-4 ACCAC) are on the road for one last time against the Glendale Guacho’s.

Freshman Emma Oropeza, had the No. 1 singles slot, but lost to her opponent 6-2, 6-4.

In No. 2 and No. 3 singles, freshmen Janine Fernando and Lien Nguyen respectively, both won their matches 6-0, 6-1.

Freshman Jayme Shafer shut out her No. 5 singles match, 6-0, 6-0.

In the doubles matches, Oropeza and Fernando took dominated the No. 1 match, 8-1.

No. 2 doubles, Nguyen and sophomore Dana Pride lost their match, 8-3.


April 11: PCC 7, Paradise Valley 2

In their final game of the home season, the women’s team stays at home to take a dominating win over the Puma’s.

In the No. 1 slot, Oropeza dominated with a score of 6-1, 6-1.

Fernando, taking the No. 2 singles match, also showed poise as she won her sets 6-2, 6-0.

Nguyen earned her win in her No. 3 singles match with a score of 6-0, 6-2.

Shafer also beat out her competition in the No. 5 singles slot, 6-3, 7-5.

Oropeza and Fernando continued winning when they took the No. 2 win as well with a 8-2 victory.

Ngyuen and Ochoa would also take away a win in their doubles matches, 8-6.


April 18: Region I Tournament

All PCC women’s tennis members did not make it to a finals spot.


Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton won the No. 1 doubles title at the Region I Tournament.

TENNIS: Esquer still building program

TENNIS: Esquer still building program


With the Pima Community College tennis squads completing the first half of their season, head coach Ian Esquer will gear up his teams for the NJCAA Region I Tournament at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, Arizona.

“For the amount of time we have been practicing, they’ve done a good job of stepping up to the plate and competing against all kinds of teams,” Esquer said.


March 23: Pima 3, Paradise Valley CC 6 

The Aztecs (2-3, 1-3 ACCAC) took a tough loss against the Pumas while playing on their home court at the West Campus.

Sophomore Mark Avalos won his singles and doubles matches. Avalos beat his No. 1 singles opponent 6-4, 6-1.

Fellow sophomore Francisco Ton paired with Avalos to win a tiebreaker doubles match 9-8, (7-2).

 March 29: PCC 2, Mesa CC 7

After packing their bags for another competition on the road, the Aztecs dropped seven matches to the Thunderbirds.

In the No. 1 doubles competition, sophomore duo Avalos and Ton lost their match, 8-2. Reisig was the only Aztec to put up a fight against his No. 3 singles dropping the match 6-4, 6-2.



March 23: PCC 7, Paradise Valley CC 2

On the road, Pima (3-4, 2-4 ACCAC) took a different turn as the women’s team was able to give the Pumas a defeat on the Paradise Valley CC campus.

Freshman Jayme Shafer won her No. 5 singles after playing a close second set, 6-1, 7-5. Freshmen Emma Oropeza and Janine Fernando both won their No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches respectively.

Oropeza won in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-0, while Fernando won her match in the same fashion, 6-0, 6-1.

 March 28: PCC 3, Eastern Azona 6

PCC faced a tough match as they played the No. 22 Eastern Arizona College. The No. 2 doubles duo freshman

Lien Nguyen and sophomore Dana Pineda got the 8-1 win against the opposing Gila Monsters doubles team.

The No. 1 doubles duo Oropeza and Fernando dropped their match 8-5.

Freshmen Shafer and Elise Rodriguez both picked up their No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches, respectively. Shafer fought a tough first set and came out on top, winning 7-5, 6-4.

 March 29: PCC 0, Mesa CC 9

After playing the No. 22 ranked team in the nation, the Aztecs schedule amped up the difficulty level to play the No. 11 ranked Thunderbirds.

Shafer, who took the No. 5 singles spot, played a tough second set but ultimately fell to her opponent 6-0, 6-4.



April 11: at Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.


April 11: vs. Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.

TENNIS: Aztecs struggle in early season conference

TENNIS: Aztecs struggle in early season conference


Sophomore Francisco Ton goes for a front hand swing against Mesa CC.
Nicholas Trujillo / Aztec Press

After a series of scrimmages, the Pima Community College tennis teams played conference meets against Mesa and Glendale to start their season.

“The team adapts really well to play styles they have never seen before,” head coach Ian Esquer said.


March 9: PCC 0, Mesa CC 9

In their third match, the Aztecs (2-2, 1-2 conference) were swept at home by the No. 8 Mesa Community College Thunderbirds.

Aztec freshmen Emma Oropeza and Janine Fernando dropped the No. 1 doubles match 8-2.

Oropeza also dropped her No. 1 singles match, 6-2, 6-3.

Sophomore Ashley Ochoa played a close second set but fell 6-1, 7-5.

March 21: PCC 9, Glendale CC 0

Oropeza led a string of defeats against Glendale in singles, as she defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-2.

Freshmen Jayme Shafer and Elise Rodriguez dominated their No. 3 doubles 8-1.


March 9: PCC 0, Mesa CC 9

The No. 7 Mesa Community College Thunderbirds swept the Aztecs (2-1, 1-1 conference) in a home meet.

Pima sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton played a close doubles match but lost 9-8.

Avalos lost his No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 6-1. Ton lost his No. 2 singles match 6-0, 6-1.

March 21: PCC 8, Glendale CC 1

As the Aztecs dominate Glendale, Ton was able to come away with a big victory in his No. 2 singles in a three-set tie-breaker, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0.



March 23: Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.

March 29: Mesa CC, 11 a.m.


March 23: Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.

March 28: Eastern Arizona, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.

March 29: Mesa CC, 1:30 p.m.

New coach surprises at preseason tourney

New coach surprises at preseason tourney


After a sweep against Imperial College, the Pima Community College men’s and women’s teams played in a preseason tournament in Mesa.

“It went really well,” head coach Ian Esquer said.

Other schools such as Eastern Arizona and Arizona Christian University weren’t expecting the new coach and his team to get as far as they did, Esquer said.

“I was happy everyone played and had fun,” he said.


ACCAC preseason tournament

For doubles, the men’s team got to the finals of the main draw and the semifinals of the back draw.

“Arizona Christian University played and we beat them in the finals, so they were pretty impressed, as was I,” Esquer said.


ACCAC preseason tournament

In singles, freshman Emma Oropeza made her way to the semifinals of the main draw, while freshmen Janine Fernando and Lien Nguyen reached the back draw finals.

In doubles Oropeza and Nguyen made it to the semi’s of the back draw.

Feb. 23: Eastern 8, PCC 1

PCC’s game in Thatcher resulted in just one win, from freshman Elise Rodriguez. She won her No. 6 singles 7-6. The Aztecs lost every other match on the road.

TENNIS: Team's sweep openers

TENNIS: Team’s sweep openers

By: Nicholas Trujillo

With a new coach at the helm for both Pima Community College tennis teams, Ian Esquer starts off his season 1-0, for the men’s and women’s teams.


Feb. 4: PCC 9, Imperial Valley 0

The men’s team earned a 9-0 sweep against Imperial Valley College. Fresman Francisco Sotelo swept his No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0.

Sophomores Jesus Lopez and Raj Singh Kaila also swept their opponents, No. 5 and No. 6 singles respectively, 6-0, 6-0.

In the doubles competition Sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton won their No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-1.


Feb. 4: PCC 7, Imperial Valley 2

The Aztecs took their win against Imperial Valley, with a 7-2 take over.

In singles, freshman Elise Rodriguez defeated her No. 6 singles, 6-0, 61.

In doubles, Rodriguez and freshman Jayme Shafer swept their No. 3 doubles 8-0.




Feb. 20-21: Scottsdale CC, Invitational, Sun City, 11 a.m.


Feb. 27-28: Estella Mountain CC Invitational, Goodyear, 10 a.m.

Fashion student designs journey to success

Fashion student designs journey to success


Patricia Ferrer is getting lots of attention for creating an apparel accessory that protects skin from the sun.

Originally from Dallas, Ferrer settled in Tucson and enrolled at Pima Community College to pursue a certification in fashion design.

At the end of her first course, she took home small pieces of scrap knit fabric. She manipulated a piece to cover the back of her hand, accidently creating a palm-free glove.

“This is when the ‘aha’ moment came, that I could create a palm-less glove,” she said.

Now, after the strike of serendipity, Ferrer is being honored with a Member of the Month award by Fashion Business Inc. in Los Angeles.

The FBI is a nonprofit organization that provides educational courses, training, networking and consulting to help apparel entrepreneur build their businesses.

“They help by providing tools and resources to build a successful business,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer will show her PalmFree Sunwear line in the FBI’s annual fashion show at Union Railway Stations in LA on Oct.18.

“It will be fun, educational and interesting to see other members and their designs,” she said. “I’ve never been to a function like this before, so it will be exciting.”

Fashion instructor Nancy Spaulding will also attend.

“I am going as her ‘assistant’ and, of course, mentor/instructor,” she said.

Spaulding recommended that Ferrer join FBI after coming across the group’s website and watching some of their videos.

“I recommend to Pat that she become involved in a nonprofit organization in LA that specifically caters to people starting their own apparel businesses,” Spaulding said.

“Through the consultancy of the FBI and the experienced fashion professionals who work with the FBI, Pat will gain further knowledge about the ins-and-outs of the trade,” Spaulding added.

Ferrer found out about the award from an FBI staffer who told her she was September member of the month.

Ferrer is also nominated as FBI member of the year, but remains modest. “I’m sure it will be tight competition,” she said.

Her instructor is rooting for her.

“She is the perfect example of a non-traditional student who came into our program to learn the things she needed to learn in order to start her apparel business,” Spaulding said.

Spaulding thinks Ferrer’s success sends a larger message. “It is never too late to learn new skills,” Spaulding said. “She inspires many people in our area, our community and college.”

Ferrer has been focusing on creating a line of sun protective apparel accessories, such as hats, sleeves and lightweight shrugs.

“Once this line is in place, I would like to expand on colors and focus on marketing,” she said.

Ferrer earned a bachelor of science degree as a physician assistant from the University of Texas Medical Branch and a master of physician assistant degree with a specialization in dermatology.

As a physician assistant, she treats skin cancer and pre-cancers daily in the clinic where she works. She has seen the damage that intense sun can inflict on the skin on the back of hands.

Her love for tennis also inspired her invention. Using sunscreen to protect her hands affected her playing because the grip on her racket was slippery.

“In an effort to protect the skin on my hands, I’ve always wanted a palm-less sun protective glove,” she said. “I tried the ones available but they are ‘one size fits all,’ either too big, too cumbersome or they have Velcro that snags everything and eventually no longer works.”

Ferrer has an active lifestyle that extends beyond designing.

In 2008, she and her partner Bruce decided to leave Tacoma, Washington. They sold their house and 95 percent of their possessions, and hopped into a van.

“We camped our way through the Northwest passage, Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, the western U.S. states and ended up spending eight months south of the border in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize,” she said.

While driving through Mexico, they stopped in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. Ferrer asked around for a medical volunteer opportunity.

She was told about Sergio Castro, who provides wound care to patients for free since Chiapas has no burn clinics or wound care facilities.

“The time I spent with him had a profound effect on me,” Ferrer said. “Since then, I have returned to help him annually, two weeks at a time.”

Ferrer did not know if she wanted to invest extensive work in her palm-less glove idea but  thought about creating a small business.

After one of her trips to Chiapas, she decided to move forward with the business. She donates her profits to Castro’s foundation, Yok Chij.

Ferrer is proud that her PalmFree Sunwear company has the Sunglove as a signature product.

“As a dermatology clinician, I see that many outdoor enthusiasts can benefit from this product to reduce their risks of skin cancers and photodamage,” Ferrer said. “This was created for tennis players, golfers and hikers, and can be worn when driving or cycling.”

The gloves are made with UPF50 fabric that can block up to 98 percent of solar radiation, according to Ferrer.

Meanwhile PCC’s Fashion Club is growing.

Members have numerous events planned for the year, including fashion shows, guest speakers, bake sales and field trips. On Oct. 29, a body scanning group from Washington D.C. will scan people to create custom dress forms.

“Exciting technology,” Spaulding said.

The fashion department is working closely with Arizona State University for transfer opportunities to a new bachelor’s degree in fashion design.

The department is also working to add at least one more certification, in event planning and styling.

To learn more about Pat Ferrer’s clothing business, visit

Information about the fashion club is posted at

For more information about the fashion program, visit

Men’s season comes to a close with loss

Men’s season comes to a close with loss


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


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.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Aztecs sweeps road trip


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.


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.


MEN'S TENNIS: Team completes comeback for win

MEN’S TENNIS: Team completes comeback for win


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.

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WOMENS TENNIS: Aztecs dominate Imperial Valley

WOMENS TENNIS: Aztecs dominate Imperial Valley


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

Mackey undefeated in singles

Mackey undefeated in singles



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mens Tennis

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Tennis: Men struggle, women hold tight

Tennis: Men struggle, women hold tight


Men’s tennis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s tennis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Tennis: Women improve, men need wins

Tennis: Women improve, men need wins


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

Women’s tennis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s tennis:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

TENNIS: Women’s team struggles in Texas match

TENNIS: Women’s team struggles in Texas match


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Alfred Dicochea III/Aztec Press)

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