March 25, 2017
The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams rebounded from losses to nationally ranked Meridian teams earlier in the week to sweep Holmes Community College by identical 9-0 scores in matches played Friday, March 24, at the new Tennis Complex in Decatur.
The No. 17 ranked Warriors improved their record to 7-4 on the season, while the Lady Warriors improved to 5-6.
“These were good bounce-back victories,” said ECCC coach Jay Pacelli. “We got off to a good start and never looked back. We are looking to get a winning streak going and this was a great start.”
Pacelli added that it was good to get No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles player Julia Johnston back in the lineup after an injury sidelined her for several matches.
In men’s doubles action against Holmes, the EC team of Tom Langelaar from Veldhoven, Netherlands, and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central High School defeated Matthew Philly/Matthew Dubourg, 8-1; EC’s John Jimenez of Oruro, Bolivia, and Will Stewart of Newton County High School defeated Eric Menefee/Merritt Blackwell, 8-1; and EC’s Brandon Rogers of Winston Academy and Willie Wooten out of Warren Central High School beat Chris Stuckey/Emanuel Brooks, 8-0.
In singles play, EC’s Langelaar defeated Philly, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s Jimenez defeated Menefee, 6-0, 6-1; EC’s Jabour defeated Blackwell, 6-3, 6-2; EC’s Stewart defeated Dubourg, 6-1, 6-3; EC’s Rogers defeated Hayden Switzer, 6-1, 6-2; and EC’s Graham Murphree out of Newton County High School beat Rylee Artman, 6-1, 6-1.
In the women’s doubles matches, EC’s Tatiana Quinonez of Bogota, Columbia, and Julia Johnston of Florence High School defeated Ashleigh Pope/Savanna Bell, 8-0; EC’s Chaney Mills of Newton County High School and Andi McCrimon of Winston Academy won by forfeit; and EC’s Samantha McCrimon of Winston Academy and Hannah Payne from Union High School beat Lucy Oakes/Jessica May, 8-1.
In women’s singles play, EC’s Quinonez won by forfeit; EC’s Mills beat Pope, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s Johnston won by forfeit; EC’s Andi McCrimon defeated Oakes, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s An Duong from Richland High School beat May, 6-0, 6-0; and EC’s Emily Dykeman of Forest High School defeated Bell, 6-0 7-6 (7-3).
The East Central teams return to action at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, against Hinds Community College at the Tennis Complex in Decatur.