Shafer and Fitzsimmons rule as Aztecs women's tennis takes second at Region I Championships

Freshman Ashley Fitzsimmons (second from left) and sophomore Jayme Shafer claimed the No. 3 doubles flight championship. Fitzsimmons and Shafer also won the No. 5 and No. 6 singles title respectively. Here with Scott Mantelman (No. 3 singles champion) and Tomothy Ou (No. 1 singles champion). Photo courtesy of Ian Esquer
Freshman Ashley Fitzsimmons (second from left) and sophomore Jayme Shafer claimed the No. 3 doubles flight championship. Fitzsimmons and Shafer also won the No. 5 and No. 6 singles title respectively. Here with Scott Mantelman (No. 3 singles champion) and Tomothy Ou (No. 1 singles champion). Photo courtesy of Ian Esquer

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.