February 7, 2017

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams both lost matches to nationally ranked Meridian Community College teams Monday, Feb. 6, in Meridian.

The East Central men, ranked No. 22 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, dropped to 1-1 on the season with the 8-1 loss to No. 11 nationally ranked MCC. The ECCC doubles team of Tom Langelaar from Veldhoven, Netherlands, and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central High School fell to Meridian’s Jason Pimenta and Will Swindoll 2-8; EC’s John Jimenez of Oruro, Bolivia, and Will Stewart of Newton County High School defeated Callan Shinall and Breno Goncalves 8-5; and Graham Murphree of Newton County High School and Brandon Rogers of Winston Academy fell to JT Champion and Noah James 3-8.

In singles play, Pimenta defeated EC’s Langelaar 6-0, 6-2; EC’s Jimenez fell to Gonclaves 1-6, 4-6; Swindoll beat EC’s Jabour 7-5, 6-2; James beat EC’s Stewart 6-4, 7-6 (6-8); EC’s Rogers fell to Shinall 3-6, 1-6; and EC’s Willie Wooten out of Warren Central High School fell to Will Irwin 2-6, 2-6.

“It was a good victory for John and Will,” ECCC head coach Jay Pacelli said of his team’s lone doubles win. “MCC played well. We are looking forward to playing them again later this season.”

In the women’s action at Meridian, the Lady Warriors fell to the No. 18 ranked MCC women 8-1.

In the doubles matches, EC’s Tatiana Quinonez of Bogota, Columbia, and Julia Johnston of Florence High School beat Shelby Zachry and Jordyn Hull 8-3; EC’s Chaney Mills of Newton County High School and Andi McCrimon of Winston Academy fell to Taylor Miller and Rachel Sollie 5-8; and EC’s Samantha McCrimon of Winston Academy and An Duong from Richland High School fell to Micah Gray and Kyra Holloway 3-8.

In singles play, EC’s Quinonez fell to Zachry 1-6, 2-6; EC’s Mills fell to Hull 2-6, 6-7 (5-7); EC’s Johnston fell to Holloway 1-6, 6-1 (9-11); EC’s Andi McCrimon fell to Miller 0-6, 2-6; EC’s Duong fell to Sollie 3-6, 4-6; and EC’s Emily Dykeman of Forest High School fell to Gray 2-6, 2-6.

The East Central men’s and women’s teams travel to Raymond Thursday, Feb. 9, to face Hinds Community College at 2 p.m.