March 9, 2018

The East Central Community College men’s tennis match came down to the last courts of the day to decide the outcome before the No. 17 ranked Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves pulled out a 5-4 win Thursday, March 8, at the Tennis Complex on the campus in Decatur. The No. 24 ranked Co-Lin Lady Wolves earned a 6-3 win over the ECCC Lady Warriors.

The East Central men are now 0-6 on the season, while the Lady Warriors are 3-3.

“It was a great effort by our men against No. 17 Co-Lin,” said ECCC head tennis coach Jay Pacelli. “It came down to the last courts, and both Landon (Gibson) and Isaac (Keen) played their hearts out at the end of their matches.”

Pacelli said the ECCC women played shorthanded as No. 1 player Gabriela Gomez was out with an injury. “Madison Crapps (Pisgah High School) and Meredith Bozeman (Brookhaven) stepped in and gave a great effort,” he said.

In the men’s doubles action, Co-Lin’s Sebastian Osorio/Juan Pinilla defeated EC’s Tom Langelaar (Veldhoven, Netherlands) and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central, 8-2; EC’s Willie Wooten of Warren Central and Landon Gibson of Clarkdale defeated Tripp Wyatt/Braden Ishee, 8-5; and EC’s Emontie Lewis of Terry and Jake Wofford of East Webster beat Tripp Case/Matthew Scoville, 8-6.

In the men’s singles, Osario beat EC’s Langelaar, 6-4, 6-1; Pinilla defeated EC’s Wooten, 6-2, 6-1; EC’s Jabour defeated Scoville, 6-3, 6-3; Case beat EC’s Lewis, 6-4, 6-0; EC’s Gibson beat Ishee, 2-6, 7-5, (10-2); and Wyatt defeated EC’s Isaac Keen of Winston Academy, 6-0, 6-7, (7-3).

In the women’s doubles matches, Co-Lin’s Gyselle Daza/Carmen Manicea beat EC’s Crapps and Tatiana Quinonez (Bogota, Columbia), 8-0; Kara Clark/Katy Clark beat EC’s Alexis Tindall of Newton County Academy and Caylee Grace Yarborough of Loyd Star, 8-2; and EC’s Julia Johnston of Florence and Sara Mazzella of Newton County Academy beat Faith Bergeron/Ashlyn Locke, 8-3.

In the women’s singles, Daza defeated EC’s Bozeman, 6-0, 6-0; Manicea beat EC’s Quinonez, 4-6, 6-2, (10-8); Katy Clark beat EC’s Tindall, 6-1, 6-2; Kara Clark defeated EC’s Yarborough, 6-3, 6-4; EC’s Bethany Wellerman out of Newton County Academy beat Locke, 6-1, 6-2; and EC’s Johnston beat Madison Franklin, 6-0, 6-1.

The East Central teams will host Itawamba Community College on March 9 at 2 p.m. The Itawamba men are ranked No. 20 nationally. The ECCC men will then face No. 21 Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the Tennis Complex in Decatur, before both teams take a week off for Spring Break.