April 6, 2017

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams started a three match journey against ranked opponents by dropping close matches to the No. 19 ranked Copiah-Lincoln Community College men and the No. 25 ranked Co-Lin women.

The matches were played Wednesday, April 5, at the ECCC Tennis Complex in Decatur.

The No. 17 ECCC men lost 6-3 and fell to 10-5 on the season. The East Central women lost 5-4 and are now 7-8 on the year.

“We had our chances in a tough, close loss in the women’s match,” said ECCC head tennis coach Jay Pacelli. “Our men are banged up at the moment and fell a little short in the singles matches against a tough opponent.”

In men’s doubles action against Co-Lin, the Co-Lin team of Sebastian Osorio/Juan Pablo Pinilla defeated the ECCC team of Tom Langelaar from Veldhoven, Netherlands, and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central High School, 8-2; EC’s John Jimenez of Oruro, Bolivia, and Will Stewart of Newton County High School defeated Tripp Case/Cory Alderman, 8-6; and EC’s Brandon Rogers of Winston Academy and Willie Wooten out of Warren Central High School beat Cole Moak/Hayes Thompson, 8-3.

In singles play, Osorio defeated EC’s Langelaar, 6-2, 6-3; Pinilla defeated EC’s Jimenez 6-4, 6-4; Thompson beat EC’s Jabour, 7-5, 6-1; Case beat EC’s Wooten, 6-3, 6-0; Alderman beat EC’s Rogers, 4-6, 6-2 (10-3); and EC’s Graham Murphree out of Newton County High School defeated Moak, 6-1, 6-0.

In the women’s doubles matches, Co-Lin’s Ximena Daza/Laura Vargas defeated EC’s Tatiana Quinonez of Bogota, Columbia, and Julia Johnston of Florence High School, 8-5; EC’s Chaney Mills of Newton County High School and Andi McCrimon of Winston Academy defeated Bayli Battle/Susanna Ratcliff, 8-4; and Maddie Ogden/Chantel Quarles beat EC’s Samantha McCrimon of Winston Academy and Hannah Payne from Union High School, 9-8 (7-3).

In singles play, Daza beat EC’s Quinonez, 6-3, 6-2; Vargas beat EC’s Mills, 2-6, 7-6 (10-6); EC’s Johnston defeated Quarles, 6-4, 1-6 (10-8); EC’s Andi McCrimon defeated Ratcliff, 6-0, 6-2; EC’s An Duong from Richland High School beat Battle, 6-7, 6-3 (10-5); and Ogden defeated EC’s Emily Dykeman of Forest High School 6-4, 6-2.

The East Central teams continue their home stretch against ranked opponents Friday, April 7, when the No. 18 Mississippi Gulf Coast men and No. 21 women visit Decatur at 2 p.m. The No. 15 Marion Military Institute men and No. 14 women visit Saturday, April 8, for matches at 10 a.m.