March 6, 2017

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams both lost matches to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College teams Friday, March 3, in Perkinston.

The East Central men, ranked No. 22 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, dropped to 4-3 on the season with the 8-1 loss to No.18 nationally ranked MGCCC. The ECCC doubles team of Tom Langelaar from Veldhoven, Netherlands, and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central High School fell to Gulf Coast’s Travis Bell and John Murphy 8-4; EC’s John Jimenez of Oruro, Bolivia, and Will Stewart of Newton County High School fell to Noah Tippen and Noah Rowell 8-4; and Brandon Rogers and Willie Wooten out of Warren Central High School of Winston Academy fell to Brett Bowen and Reid Cudd 8-2.

In singles play, Bell defeated EC’s Langelaar 6-0, 6-2; EC’s Jimenez fell to Murphy 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Tippen beat EC’s Jabour 6-1, 7-5; Rowell beat EC’s Stewart 6-2,6-1; EC’s Rogers fell to Cudd 6-0, 6-1; and Graham Murphree of Newton County High School beat Will Irwin 6-3, 6-3.

“Graham played with poise and determination in our only victory,” ECCC head coach Jay Pacelli said of his team’s lone singles win. “Tough environment. We look forward to home matches against MGCCC.”

In the women’s action at Meridian, the Lady Warriors fell to the MGCCC women 9-0 and drop to 3-4 on the season.

In the doubles matches, EC’s Tatiana Quinonez of Bogota, Columbia, and Julia Johnston of Florence High School fell to Paulina Estrada and Bianca Buie 8-3; EC’s Chaney Mills of Newton County High School and Andi McCrimon of Winston Academy fell to Katie Burrall and Jenna Lyons 8-3; and EC’s Samantha McCrimon of Winston Academy and Hannah Payne from Union High School fell to Jasmine Sartin and Kaci Calhoun 8-5.

In singles play, EC’s Quinonez fell to Estrada 6-0, 6-2; EC’s Mills fell to Buie 6-1, 6-71(5-7); EC’s Johnston fell to Burrall 6-0, 6-0; EC’s McCrimon fell to Sartin 6-2, 6-2; EC’s Duong fell to Lyons 6-2, 6-0; and EC’s Emily Dykeman of Forest High School fell to Jillianne Craft 7-6, (9-7), 6-4.

The East Central men’s and women’s teams will host Itawamba Community College in their first home matches in the new Tennis Complex Friday, March 10 at 2 p.m.