JCJC tennis teams head to MACJC State Tournament

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 15:27:56

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College tennis teams are hoping to continue their solid play heading into the postseason.

Head coach Mark Easley’s netters will be competing in the annual MACJC State Tournament Thursday through Saturday on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. Hinds Community College is serving as tournament host.

Coaches will meet on Wednesday evening to determine the tournament draw.

The top three teams in the event will advance to the Region 23 Tournament on April 19-20 in Meridian. The top three teams in the regionals will advance to the NJCAA nationals.


The Bobcats finished third in the state last year and fourth in the regionals.

The Bobcats have enjoyed another solid season this spring, posting a 10-3 overall mark.

Leicestershire, England, freshman Sam Thorold and West Jones sophomore Cade Sherman went 8-4 in No.  1 doubles, while Melbourne, Australia, freshman Nick Williams and Laurel sophomore were 10-2 in No. 2 doubles. Simpson Academy sophomore Mitchell Smith and Laurel Christian School freshman Casper Wansley were 7-2 in No. 3 doubles.

Thorold went 7-6 in No. 1 singles and Williams was 8-4 in No. 2 singles. Sherman and Deniakos were 10-2 in No.’s 3 and 4 singles, respectively. Smith was 7-2 in No. 5 singles and Wansley went 9-3 in No. 6 singles.

In other results for the year, Laurel freshman Josh Agee was 2-2 in No. 5 singles, while Northeast Jones freshman Colby Prince was 2-0 in No. 6 singles. Wansley and Laurel Christian School freshman Thomas Morgan went 1-0 in No. 3 doubles, while Agee and Morgan were 1-0 in No. 1 doubles. Columbia sophomore Nathan Burkett and Prince were 1-0 in No. 2 doubles, while Burkett and Wansley went 1-0 in No. 3 doubles.

Agee was 1-0 in No. 2 singles, Morgan was 1-0 in No. 3 singles and Burkett was 1-0 in No. 4 singles.


With only one sophomore on the roster – George County’s Arlette Cochran – the Lady Bobcats have fared well this year, recording a 9-5 regular season mark.

The JCJC women have won two straight state championships and have advanced to nationals six times in the past seven years.

This year, West Jones freshman Rachel Jefcoat and Northeast Jones freshman Alison Rudolph went 6-8 in No. 1 doubles, while Cochran and Gautier freshman Brandy Freeman were 12-2 in No. 2 doubles and Lumberton freshman Lauren Carpenter and South Jones freshman Amber Long were 9-5 in No. 3 doubles.

Jefcoat was 6-8 in No. 1 singles, with Cochran posting 10-4 mark in No. 2 singles. Freeman was 11-3 in No. 3 singles, Rudolph was 10-4 in No. 4 singles, Carpenter went 6-8 in No. 5 singles and Long was 7-7 in No. 6 singles.


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