The Lady Warriors cruised to a 7-2 win and the nationally ranked Warriors held on for a 5-4 decision.
EC captured four of six matchups in women’s singles, as Hannah Peoples of Leake Academy defeated Allison Wiltshire, 6-2, 6-0; Alana Turner of Florence beat Hannah Billingsley, 6-1, 6-1; Amber Pierce of Leake Academy beat Erica Whitten, 6-0, 6-1; and Nan Hartness of Winston Academy rallied to clip Haley Brown, 3-6, 7-5, (10-6). In other results, Hannah Smith of Leake Academy fell to Emily Wiltshire, 6-0, 6-3; and Katyln Patrick of Forest lost to Allie Downs, 6-4, 6-1.
The Lady Warriors won all three contests in doubles. Turner and Pierce beat Wiltshire/Billingsley, 8-1; Peoples and Hartness defeated Brown/Whitten, 8-3; and Lauren Peterson and Kristine Jenkins, both of Forest, clipped Nikki/Lindsey Clark, 8-5.
In men’s singles, EC winners were Juan Miranda of Morton, who beat Micah Page, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Daniel Giles of Union edged Wesley Brandon, 6-4, 6-3; and Javon Yarbrough of Louisville defeated Ande Mills, 6-0, 6-1. In other results, Brandon St. Clair of Union lost to Reid Price, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; Ethan Rigdon fell to Wesley Tye, 7-5, 1-6 (10-4); and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy fell to Noah Wright, 6-2, 6-4.
Miranda and Giles teamed to win their doubles match with Page/Brandon by an 8-4 margin, and Yarbrough and Moore were also victorious in posting an 8-3 decision over Mills/Price. St. Clair and Rigdon fell 8-5 to Tye/Wright.
The Warriors are ranked 25th in the latest NJCAA poll.
ECCC NETTERS FALL TO ITAWAMBA
ECCC tennis squads traveled to Itawamba Community College Monday, March 31.
The Lady Warriors were edged 5-4 and the Warriors were blitzed 9-0.
Pierce and Smith were the lone winners in women’s singles. Pierce defeated Anna Clair Griffin 7-6 (3) 6-3, and Smith was victorious over Angela Hudson, 6-7 (3) 6-0 (10-5). In other results, Peoples lost to Kristen Eley, 6-0, 6-0; Turner fell to Taylor Patterson, 6-4, 6-1; Hartness lost to Aleisha Hudson, 6-0. 6-0; and Patrick fell to Sabrina Holloway, 6-0, 2-6 (10-0).
In women’s doubles, Peoples and Hartness beat Aliesha Hudson/Griffin, 8-5; and Peterson and Jenkins beat Frederick/Angela Hudson, also by an 8-5 margin. Turner and Pierce dropped their match to Eley/Patterson by an 8-3 score.
In men’s singles, Miranda lost to Nathan Pinkey, 6-0, 6-0; Giles lost to Austin McElwain, 6-1,6-0; Yarbrough fell to David McElwain, 6-1, 6-1; St. Clair lost to Cody Coins, 6-1, 6-1; Rigdon fell to Joseph Summers, 6-2, 6-1; and Moore fell to Drew Ballard, 6-0, 6-1.
In men’s doubles, Miranda and Giles lost to Pinkey/McElwain, 8-2; Yarbrough and Moore fell to McElwain/Coins, 8-1; and St. Clair and Rigdon dropped an 8-1 decision to Summers/Ballard.
ECCC’s tennis program is led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.