JCJC tennis teams in good shape after first round of state tournament

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-04-15 09:04:27

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

CLINTON – It was a long day, but a successful one for the Jones County Junior College tennis teams Thursday.

The Lady Bobcats are in a three-way tie for first place, while the JCJC men are tied for second after the first round of the MACJC State Tennis Tournament here at the Mississippi College Tennis Complex.

The Lady Bobcats, seeking their third straight state crown, have nine points, along with Itawamba and Mississippi Gulf Coast. Hinds is fourth with seven points, followed by Co-Lin with five and Northeast with three. East Central and Holmes have zero.

Itawamba tops the men’s standings with 11 points, followed by JCJC and Hinds with eight each. Mississippi Gulf Coast is fourth with six, followed by Co-Lin and Northeast with four each. East Central and Holmes did not score.

In anticipation of inclement weather on Friday, an extra round was played on Thursday and Friday’s action – which will be singles’ matches only – will not start until at least 11 a.m. The tournament is still scheduled to conclude on Saturday.

The top three teams will advance to the Region 23 Tournament on Tuesday-Wednesday in Meridian.


In No. 1 doubles, JCJC’s Rachel Jefcoat and Alison Rudolph defeated Jennifer Holland and Taylor Morgan of Holmes, 6-1, 6-1. They then lost to top-seeded Natalia Grytsiak and Oksana Fomenko of Hinds, 6-2, 6-2

Arlette Cochran and Brandy Freeman of the Lady Bobcats beat Sommer Burnett and Mandy Collins of Itawamba, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, in No. 2 doubles. They then defeated Katy King and Katherine Blair of Gulf Coast, 6-3, 6-3. They will play in the finals at noon on Saturday vs. Macie Case and Ansley Schimmel of Co-Lin.

In No. 3 doubles, JCJC’s Lauren Carpenter and Amber Long downed Kristen Hall and Hannah Calcote of Co-Lin, 6-4, 6-3. They then lost to McKinsey Boss and Hayleigh Grantham of Gulf Coast, 6-4, 6-3.

Jefcoat defeated Alex Lea of Co-Lin, 6-2, 7-5, in No. 1 singles. She will face No. 2 seed Ruta Grinvalde of Gulf Coast at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Cochran beat Ciarra Applewhite of Holmes, 6-1, 6-1, in No. 2 singles. She meets Arielle Fisher of Gulf Coast at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Freeman won in No. 3 singles over Lauren Lurk of East Central, 6-0, 6-1. She plays Jennifer Hill of Hinds at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Rudolph downed Kadey Eaves of Holmes, 6-0, 6-2, in No. 4 singles. She faces Sommer Burnett of Itawamba at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Carpenter won in No. 5 singles over East Central’s Danielle Pierce, 6-0, 6-0. She meets Mandy Collins of Itawamba at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Long fell to third-seeded Brennan Harris of Itawamba, 6-2, 6-4, in No 6 singles.


JCJC’s Sam Thorold and Cade Sherman defeated Preston Wade and Ben Nhek of Northeast, 6-1, 6-3, in No. 1 doubles. They then lost to top-seeded Mikhail Pecherkin and Nikita Lisov of Hinds, 6-3, 6-3.

Bobcats’ Nick Williams and Armand Deniakos beat Brennan Williams and Jared Lyons of Holmes, 6-1, 6-2, in No. 2 doubles. They won their semifinal match over Co-Lin’s Marko Knezevic and Matt Hart, 6-3, 7-6 (3). They face Donnell Myles and Morgan Brashier of Hinds at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the finals.

JCJC’s Josh Agee and Casper Wansley beat Walt Stinson and Josh Blackburn of East Central, 6-3, 6-4, in No. 3 doubles. They fell in the semifinals to the top seeds, Alex Stinson and Luke Wilson of Itawamba, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.

Thorold beat East Central’s Zac White, 6-0, 6-1, in No. 1 singles. He meets Mikhail Pecherkin of Hinds at 2 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals.

Williams downed Alex Drake of Gulf Coast, 6-2, 6-1, in No. 2 singles. He faces top-seeded Nikita Lisov of Hinds at 2 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals.

Sherman downed Gulf Coast’s Tyler Eggers, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 3 singles. He will play third-seeded Donnell Myles of Hinds at 2 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

Deniakos blanked Co-Lin’s Matt Hart, 6-0, 6-0, in No. 4 singles. He meets Gulf Coast’s Matt Cannaday at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals.

Agee lost to Joey Shelton of Co-Lin, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in No. 5 singles.

Wansley had a bye as the top seed in No. 6 singles. He will play Gulf Coast’s Nathan Storm at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.


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