Bobcat men finish second in MACJC State Tennis Tournament

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-17 09:25:27

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

CLINTON – The Jones County Junior College men’s tennis team finished second in the MACJC State Tournament here Saturday afternoon at the Mississippi College Tennis Complex.

That earns the Bobcats a trip to the Region 23 Tournament Tuesday-Wednesday in Meridian.

On the women’s side, the Lady Bobcats tied Hinds for third place, but came up short on the tiebreaker and will not qualify for regionals. Hinds got the tiebreaker edge because they won three singles/doubles titles, while JCJC won two. The top three teams advance to regional play.

Itawamba swept the men’s and women’s championships.


JCJC won three singles/doubles titles in men’s competition.

Melbourne, Australia, freshman Nick Williams defeated Hinds’ Nikita Lisov, the top seed, 3-6, 7-6 (4) retired for the No. 2 singles title.

West Jones’ sophomore Cade Sherman beat Itawamba’s Wesley Raines, 7-6 (3), 6-0, for the No. 3 singles title. Sherman beat Hinds’ Donnail Myles, 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the semifinals.

Williams teamed with Laurel’s Armand Deniakos to claim the No. 2 doubles crown. They beat Joseph Brashier and Myles of Hinds, 6-3, 6-0, in the championship match.

Deniakos fell to Itawamba’s Alex Thomas, 7-6 (1), 6-4, in the No. 4 singles finals. Deniakos had beaten Matt Cannaday of Mississippi Gulf Coast, 6-2, 7-5, in the semifinals.

Laurel Christian School freshman Casper Wansley lost to Itawamba’s Jeff Hamm, 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 6 singles finals. Wansley defeated MGCCC’s Nathan Storm, 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals.

In other matches, Itawamba’s Ethan Wilkinson beat Hinds’ Mikhail Pecherkin, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 1 singles finals. ICC’s Luke Wilson won No. 5 singles over Brashier of Hinds, 6-3, 6-2. Wilkinson and Leo Prudencio of ICC beat Pecherkin and Lisov of Hinds, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (2), for the No. 1 doubles crown and ICC’s Thomas and Wilson took No. 3 doubles over MGCCC’s Storm and Carter Griffin, 6-2, 6-4.

Itawamba finished with 22 points, followed by JCJC with 16, Hinds with 11 and Gulf Coast with six. Co-Lin and Northeast had four points each, while East Central and Holmes did not score.

Itawamba, JCJC and Hinds will compete in the regionals, along with host Meridian Community College. The top three teams in the regionals will go the NJCAA nationals May 15-20 in Plano, Texas.


The Lady Bobcats won two singles/doubles championships.

George County sophomore Arlette Cochran and Gautier freshman Brandy Freeman captured the No. 2 doubles title over Co-Lin’s Macie Case and Ansley Schimmel, 6-4, 6-1.

Freeman then won the No. 3 singles title over Itawamba’s Chelsea Suddith, 6-1, 6-2. Freeman defeated Hinds’ Jennifer Hill, 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals.

West Jones freshman Rachel Jefcoat lost to MGCCC’s Ruta Grinvalde in the No. 1 singles semifinals.

Cochran fell to Hinds’ Oksana Fomenko, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 2 singles finals. Cochran defeated Gulf Coast’s Arielle Fisher, 6-1, 6-0, in the semifinals.

Northeast Jones freshman Alison Rudolph lost to Itawamba’s Sommer Burnett, 7-5, 6-2, in the No. 4 singles semifinals.

Lumberton freshman Lauren Carpenter fell in the No. 5 singles semifinals to Itawamba’s Mandy Collins, 6-2, 6-4.

In other matches, Hinds’ Natayla Grytsiak defeated Grinvalde, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 1 singles finals. ICC’s Burnett beat Northeast’s Chelsey Whitaker, 7-5, 6-0, for the No. 4 singles title. ICC’s Mandy Collins blanked MGCCC’s McKinsey Boss, 6-0, 6-0, in the finals of No. 5 singles. Gulf Coast’s Kaleigh Grantham took No. 6 singles over Hinds’ Rachel Binkley, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Hinds’ Grytsiak and Fomenko won No. 1 doubles over ICC’s Brittany Harris and Lyvia Gomes, 6-4, 6-4. MGCCC’s Boss and Grantham defeated ICC’s Suddith and Tiara Dismuke, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, for the No. 3 doubles crown.

Itawamba and Gulf Coast tied for the top spot with 14 points each, but ICC took the championship on the tiebreaker. JCJC and Hinds tied for third with 13 points. Co-Lin finished with five points and Northeast had four. East Central and Holmes did not score.

ICC, MGCCC and Hinds will participate in the regionals, along with host Meridian on Tuesday-Wednesday. The top three teams in the regionals will go the NJCAA nationals May 6-11 in Tucson, Ariz.



At Mississippi College

Final standings


Itawamba                         22

Jones County                     16

Hinds                                11

Miss. Gulf Coast                  6

Copiah-Lincoln                    4

Northeast                          4

East Central                        0

Holmes                              0



Itawamba                        14*

Miss. Gulf Coast                 14

Hinds                               13**

Jones County                     13

Copiah-Lincoln                   5

Northeast                         4

East Central                      0

Holmes                            0

*-denotes won state title on tiebreaker
**-finishes third and qualifies for regional on tiebreaker


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