February 16, 2017

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams continued their journey on the road, this time in Wesson where the No. 22 ranked Warrior men’s team knocked off the No. 17 Copiah-Lincoln Wolves in a tight 5-4 match Wednesday, Feb. 15.

It was the Warriors third win this year against a top 25 opponent.

The East Central women fell to the Lady Wolves 7-2.

The ECCC men are now 3-1 on the season, while the women are 1-3.

“This was another tremendous victory against a ranked opponent,” said ECCC head tennis coach Jay Pacelli. “John (Jimenez) and Will (Stewart) played their best matches of the season. I’m proud of the efforts of both teams.”

The Warriors have previously knocked off No. 15 Marion Military Institute and No. 24 Hinds Community College, while losing to No. 11 Meridian Community College.

Because of the construction on the new ECCC Tennis Complex, the Warriors and Lady Warriors are playing 11 of their first 12 matches on the road. The new eight-court, lighted tennis facility on the campus in Decatur was officially opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 14. The first home match on the new courts will be Friday, March 10, at 2 p.m. when Itawamba Community College visits.

In men’s doubles action against Co-Lin, the ECCC team of Tom Langelaar from Veldhoven, Netherlands, and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central High School fell to Sebastian Osorio/Juan Pablo Pinilla 8-3; EC’s John Jimenez of Oruro, Bolivia, and Will Stewart of Newton County High School defeated Tripp Case/Cory Alderman, 8-6; and EC’s Brandon Rogers of Winston Academy and Willie Wooten out of Warren Central High School beat Sebastian Harrell/Hayes Thompson, 8-6.

In singles play, Osorio defeated EC’s Langelaar, 6-0, 6-1; EC’s Jimenez defeated Pinilla, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6 (10-2) ; EC’s Jabour fell to Thompson, 6-4, 6-4; EC’s Stewart beat Case, 6-4, 6-4; Alderman beat EC’s Rogers, 6-3, 6-4; and EC’s Graham Murphree out of Newton County High School defeated Harrell, 6-0, 6-1.

In the women’s doubles matches, Co-Lin’s Ximena Daza/Laura Vargas defeated EC’s Tatiana Quinonez of Bogota, Columbia, and Julia Johnston of Florence High School, 8-1; EC’s Chaney Mills of Newton County High School and Andi McCrimon of Winston Academy defeated Bayli Battle/Julie Kramer, 8-0; and Maddie Ogden/Chantel Quarles beat EC’s Samantha McCrimon of Winston Academy and Hannah Payne from Union High School, 9-8 (8-6).

In singles play, Daza beat EC’s Quinonez, 6-1, 6-0; Vargas beat EC’s Mills, 6-3, 6-4; Quarles beat EC’s Johnston, 6-4, 6-3; EC’s Andi McCrimon defeated Susanna Ratcliff, 6-1, 6-1; Battle defeated EC’s An Duong from Richland High School, 0-6, 6-2 (11-9); and Ogden defeated EC’s Emily Dykeman of Forest High School 6-3, 3-6 (10-4).

The East Central men’s and women’s teams travel to Ellisville Tuesday, Feb. 21, to face Jones County Junior College at 2 p.m. They will then play two matches on Friday, Feb. 24, facing Itawamba Community College at Noon and Northeast Mississippi Community College at 4:30 p.m., both matches in Fulton.