The Pima Community College women's tennis team opened play in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament on Sunday at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center.
Oropeza defeated Courtney Decker from Waubansee Community College (IL) 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. She never trailed in points but had to fight off a couple of rallies. Oropeza led 4-1 in the first set but Decker cut it to 4-3. In the second set, Oropeza led 5-2 but it was cut to 5-4 at one point.
Pineda earned a shutout victory to advance over Jennelle Stolarczuk from the College of DuPage (IL) 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
Oropeza and Pineda move on to the round of 16. Oropeza will play No. 2 seeded Ceire Mullins from Hillsborough Community College (FL) on Monday at 7:30 a.m. Pineda will play No. 5 seeded Julia Ortiz from Mesa Community College at 9:00 a.m.
In other first round singles matches, freshman Lien Nguyen held a 6-5 lead in the first set but fell in the tie-breaker and eventually dropped the match at No. 3 singles to Kallie Beall from Central Alabama 7-6 (3), 6-2. Freshman Elise Rodriguez (Flowing Wells HS) also dropped a late lead in the first set as she led 5-4 but fell to Mariah Turney from Seminole State College (OK) 7-6 (2), 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
Nguyen will play in the second round of the consolation bracket at No. 3 singles on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Rodriguez will also play in the second round of the No. 6 singles consolation bracket at 1:00 p.m. Both opponents are to be determined.
Freshman Jayme Shafer (Tucson HS) dropped her match at No. 5 singles to Cyrielle Peyroche from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (GA) 6-0, 6-2 while freshman Janine Fernando (Sabino HS) was shutout at No. 2 singles by Agustina Acuna from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 6-0, 6-0.
Shafer will play in the second round of the consolation bracket at No. 5 singles at 12:30 p.m. Her opponent is to be determined.
Fernando will play Bianca Buie from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the first round of the consolation bracket on Monday at 11:30 p.m.
The Aztecs dropped all three doubles matches in the first round. Oropeza and Fernando fell at No. 1 doubles to Mikayla Lopez and Francisca Nyarko from the New Mexico Military Institute 6-2, 6-3 while Nguyen and freshman Ashley Ochoa (Tucson HS) dropped their No. 2 doubles match to Julianna Seabra and Julia Ramalho from Barton Community College (KS) 6-2, 6-3. Shafer and Rodriguez fell to Sarah McMillan and Jasmine Sartin from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
All three doubles teams will play in the second round of their respected consolation brackets on Monday between 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Competition continues on Monday at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center.
Stay up to date with team and individual results from each flight on the NJCAA website