Pima tennis claims 2nd place 5 regional titles
The Pima Community College women’s tennis team completed play at the Region I Championships on Wednesday at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale.
The Aztecs took second place in the final team standings behind Eastern Arizona College.
Sophomore Jayme Shafer (Tucson HS) and freshman Ashley Fitzsimmons (Walden Grove HS) put together a dominating performance as they won the No. 3 doubles flight championship after beating Ashlyn Trejo and Heidi Simons from Eastern Arizona College 6-1, 6-1.
Fitzsimmons claimed the No. 5 singles flight title after she nearly shut out Vanessa Mitrica from Mesa Community College 6-1, 6-0.
Shafer also wasn’t finished as she took home the No. 6 singles title after defeating Simons 6-2, 6-2.
In other singles action, sophomore Lien Nguyen won the first set in her No. 4 singles final match but dropped the next two sets to Payton Cap from Eastern Arizona 6-7, 6-4, 6-1. Freshman Meghan Houk (Corona del Sol HS) played a tightly contested first set but fell to Polly Evans from Eastern Arizona 7-5, 6-2.
Sophomore Emma Oropeza (Nogales HS) fell in her No. 1 singles championship match to Juliette Mary from Eastern Arizona 6-0, 6-1. Fellow sophomore Janine Fernando (Sabino HS) lost in her No. 2 singles flight finals match to Clara Desbiolles from Eastern Arizona 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles competition, Oropeza and Fernando fell short in their No. 1 doubles finals match to Mary and Desbiolles 6-1, 6-2. They had a tough path to get to the final match after they beat Sala Yoshida and Cindy Anders in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Houk and Nguyen won the first set in their No. 2 doubles championship match but fell in the end in three sets 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 to Eastern Arizona’s Evans and Cap. They advanced after beating Glendale Community College in the semifinals 6-0, 6-2.
The Aztecs qualified to compete at the NJCAA Division I Tournament on May 6-11 at the Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center in Waco, TX.
The Pima Community College men’s tennis team completed play at the Region I Championships on Wednesday and came away with some hardware.
The Aztecs took second place in the team standings for the second straight year behind Mesa Community College.
Sophomore Tomothy Ou won the No. 1 singles flight championship after he defeated Jorge Sala Frigeri from Mesa 6-4, 6-2.
Freshman Scott Mantelman claimed the No. 3 singles flight region title after he beat Mesa’s Artur Etzberger 6-4, 6-4.
Freshman Beau Boyer (Cibola HS) fell short in his championship match at No. 6 singles as he lost to Mesa’s Jeffery Martin 6-2, 6-0.
In the No. 1 doubles championship, Ou and Mantelman lost to Gergo Rendek and Martin after an injury forced the end of the match.
The Aztecs qualified to compete at the NJCAA Division I Tournament on May 14-18 at the Collin County Tennis Facilities in Plano, TX.