Wednesday, April 27, 2016

East Central Netters Compete in MACJC State Tournament

Several members of the East Central Community College men’s tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State/National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 tournaments played at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston April 20-23.

The ECCC men’s No. 1 doubles team of John Jimenez of Oruro, Bolivia, and Will Stewart of Newton County High School qualified for semifinals play after defeating Mateusz Kimelski and Cory Alderman of Copiah-Lincoln 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. East Central’s No. 3 doubles team of Cole Duty of Winston Academy and Alex Chapman of Semmes, Ala., qualified for the semifinals after defeating Luke Armstrong and Josh Hester of Jones County Junior College 6-4, 3-6 (10-7) in the quarterfinals.

East Central’s only singles player to qualify for the semifinals was Brandon Rogers of Winston Academy, who beat Jones County’s Armstrong 4-6, 7-5 (10-3) in the No. 5 singles quarterfinals.

Jimenez and Stewart fell to Jason Pimenta and Breno Goncalves of Meridian Community College 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals. Duty and Chapman fell to Brett Bowen and Chris Diep of Mississippi Gulf Coast 6-4, 6-3 in their semifinal match. Rogers fell to Will Irwin of Meridian Community College 6-1, 6-4 in his men’s singles semifinals.

East Central finished tied for fifth with Hinds Community College and is ranked No. 22 nationally by ITA.

The ECCC Lady Warriors had three individual players win first round matches to advance to the quarterfinals.

Andi McCrimon of Winston Academy beat Kaylan Myers of Northwest Mississippi Community College 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles; Samantha McCrimon of Winston Academy beat Starla Rogers of Northeast Mississippi Community College 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4 singles; and Emily Dykeman of Forest High School beat Oddysey Brewer of Holmes Community College 6-0, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

Andi McCrimon and Samantha McCrimon also won at No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-0 over Ashleigh Pope and Brittany Graham of Holmes in first round play.

The Lady Warriors finished eighth overall as a team. They are ranked No. 8 in Region III by ITA.

“We wanted more victories at the tournament, but we did have our moments with Brandon Rogers as a semifinalist along with the first and third men’s doubles,” said ECCC Head Coach Jay Pacelli. “The future is bright for both our men and the women next year. We can’t wait to begin working with our returning players and our new recruits.”