February 21, 2018

The East Central Community College tennis teams dropped a pair of road matches to MACJC foe Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The ECCC women lost a 7-2 match to Co-Lin to fall to 1-1 on the season. The East Central men are now 0-2 after losing a 6-3 match to the Wolves.

The Lady Warriors were swept in the doubles matches as EC’s Gabriela Gomez (Bogota, Colombia) and Tatiana Quinonez (Bogota, Colombia) fell to Gyselle Daza/Carmen Manicea, 8-6; EC’s Alexis Tindall of Newton County Academy and Caylee Grace Yarborough of Loyd Star lost to Kara Clark/Katy Clark, 8-1; and EC’s Julia Johnston of Florence and Sara Mazzella of Newton County Academy fell to Faith Bergeron/Ashlyn Locke, 8-6.

In the singles, Gomez lost to Daza, 6-1, 6-0; Quinonez lost to Manicea, 7-5, 6-4; Tindall lost to Katy Clark, 6-4, 6-4;Yarborough fell to Kara Clark, 6-1, 6-4; Bethany Wellerman out of Newton County Academy beat Locke, 6-0, 2-6, 10-3; and Johnston defeated Madison Franklin, 6-1, 6-4.

“Our women fought hard but struggled winning pressure points in several of the matches,” noted East Central head coach Jay Pacelli. “Julia (Johnston) and Bethany (Wellerman) had nice victories in the singles matches.”

In the men’s doubles action, ECCC’s Tom Langelaar (Veldhoven, Netherlands) and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central lost to Sebastian Osorio/Juan Pinilla, 8-2; EC’s Willie Wooten of Warren Central and Landon Gibson of Clarkdale defeated Tripp Wyatt/Sebastian Harrell, 8-3; and EC’s Emontie Lewis of Terry and Jake Wofford of East Webster lost to Tripp Case/Braden Ishee, 8-2.

In the singles, Langelaar lost to Osorio, 6-3, 6-4; Wooten lost to Pinilla, 6-0, 6-0; Jabour defeated Wyatt, 6-0, 6-4; Lewis lost to Case, 6-1, 6-1; Gibson lost to Ishee, 6-0, 6-2; and EC’s Isaac Keen of Winston Academy defeated Bishop Barlow, 6-4, 6-2.

“It was a good efforts by Joseph (Jabour) and Willie (Wooten) at singles and a solid victory for Willie and Landon (Gibson) at doubles, but we look to break through for a team win on Friday,” said Pacelli.

Both the ECCC Lady Warriors and Warriors are back in action Friday, Feb. 23, to play MACJC opponent Itawamba at 11 a.m. in Fulton and then Blue Mountain College at 4:30 in New Albany.