May 28, 2019

Both the East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams are ranked in the final Oracle/ITA National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll of the spring season.

The ECCC men are ranked No. 19 in the nation after competing in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship earlier this month, while the ECCC Lady Warriors are ranked No. 24.

East Central is one of only two community colleges in Mississippi to have both the men’s and women’s teams ranked in the final Top 25. The Warriors were the third highest ranked team from the state, while the Lady Warriors were the fourth highest ranked women’s team in Mississippi.

According to head coach Jay Pacelli, it is the first time in recent memory that either program ended the spring season with a Top 25 ranking.

“I’m very proud of the efforts of both our tennis teams,” said Pacelli. “All of our men and women had a part in elevating the tennis program to one recognized nationally. Congratulations to them on a terrific year!”