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PCC's Nunez, duo Fitzsimmons & Miranda advance in NJCAA Division I tourney

The Pima Community College women’s tennis team opened competition in the NJCAA Division I Tournament on Sunday in Tyler, Texas.

The Aztecs finished with four team points on the day after getting wins at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Freshman Jazmin Nunez (Cholla HS) rallied back in her opening round match at No. 5 singles to beat Juliet Quintero from New Mexico Military Institute 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. She will face Ashlyn Locke from Copiah-Lincoln Community College (MS) in Monday’s second round.

The No. 2 doubles duo of sophomore Ashley Fitzsimmons (Walden Grove HS) and freshman Valeria Miranda (Sunnyside HS) defeated Thandi Kololo and Molly Lennon from Iowa Central College 6-3, 6-1. They advance to play No. 1 seeded Helena Jansen and Summer Yardley from Tyler Junior College in the second round.

Fitzsimmons fell in her No. 3 singles match to Nora Ortega from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (GA) 6-3, 6-2 while Miranda lost in her No. 4 singles match to Sofia Bellucco from Seward County Community College 6-0, 6-0. Fitzsimmons will play Karla Ortega from St. Petersburg College (FL) at No. 3 singles consolation. Miranda will go up against Cindy Anders from Mesa Community College in No. 4 singles consolation play.

Freshman Olivia Manheimer (Ironwood Ridge HS) fell to Julia Candiotto from Barton Community College (KS) 6-3, 6-1 in her No. 1 singles match. Manheimer will play Miranda Griechen from Lewis & Clark Community College (IL) in the consolation bracket.

Freshman Melina Oropeza (Nogales HS) dropped her No. 2 singles match to No. 8 seeded Noemi Aguirre from Hartford Community College (MD) 6-0, 6-2. Oropeza will face off with Sofia Stepanoff from Mercer County Community College (NJ) in the consolation round.

Manheimer and Oropeza fell in their No. 1 doubles opening round match to Paula Coronado and Carmen Manicea from Copiah-Lincoln 6-3, 6-1. They move to the No. 1 doubles consolation bracket to play Morgan Bishop and Olivia Hayes from Central Alabama Community College.

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Freshman Noelia Carbajal (Sunnyside HS) dropped her No. 6 singles match to Veronica Gallardo from Tyler Junior College 6-1, 6-0. She will move on to No. 6 singles consolation bracket play.

Nunez and Carbajal lost their No. 3 doubles match to Rebekah Clark and Nicole Maldonado from Collin College (TX) 6-3, 6-1. They will move to consolation bracket play.

The Aztecs continue play in the NJCAA Division I Tournament on Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. (CDT). 

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Raymond Suarez and Stephanie Van Latum

Freshmen Jazmin Nunez (Cholla HS), Valeria Miranda (Sunnyside HS) and sophomore Ashley Fitzsimmons (Walden Grove HS) advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Division I Tournament. Nunez beat Juliet Quintero from NMMI 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. Fitzsimmons and Miranda won their No. 2 doubles match 6-3, 6-1.