From School Reports
Meridian Community College finished day four of the
Oracle/ITA Southern JUCO Regional Tennis Championships with two
champions on the men’s side. Jason Pimenta, a returning sophomore, won
the Men’s Single’s Title with a win over Juan Sebastian Osorio from
Copiah Lincoln Community College 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Pimenta, the number-two
seed, had a bye on Wednesday during the round of 64.
the round of 32, which began Thursday at 8:00 a.m., Pimenta defeated
Roberto Valadez from Itawamba Community College 0, 3. In the round of
16, which was played at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Pimenta took a 6-0,
6-1 win over Isaiah Polk from Marion Military Institute. In the
quarterfinals played on Friday, Pimenta defeated John Teague Murphy
from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 6-0, 6-3. In the
semifinals, which were also played on Friday, Pimenta continued to
dominate with a from 6-0, 6-1 win over Daniel Yepez from Hinds Community
College 6-0, 6-1.
Pimenta is the 2015 USTA/ITA Southern JUCO Regional
Champion and currently holds a #19 ranking in the ITA National Rankings.
Meridian’s Breno Goncalves made it to the quarterfinals.
too, had a bye for the first round. He then played and
defeated Ezra Blissard from ICC 6-1, 6-0. In the round of
16, Goncalves defeated MMI’s Andrew Carey 6-2, 6-1. In a long match with
the regional finalist, Juan Sebastian Osorio, Goncalves lost a long and
tough three setter 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. Osorio advanced to the finals with a
win over his teammate, Juan Pablo Pinilla 6-1, 6-0.
took wins earlier in the tournament over MGCCC’s Noah Tippen and
Meridian’s Will Swindoll. In other action, Meridian’s John Taylor
Champion and Callan Shinall lost in the consolation quarterfinals.
Meridian claimed its second championship of the tournament with a win at
number one doubles.
Jason Pimenta/Breno Goncalves, who played doubles together as freshmen,
defeated MMI’s Andrew Carey/Daniel Boussom in another long third setter
by a score of 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-4. The route to the finals was not an
easy one. After a rain delay on Thursday, Goncalves/Pimenta hit the
courts for their third doubles match of the tournament with a matchup
with CoLin’s Osorio/Juan Pinilla.
MCC dynamic duo pulled out a close match 8-6. Earlier in the day, the
duo defeated Jaboer/Lanelarra from East Central CC 8-2. Corey/Boussom of
MMI reached the finals with a 8-4 win over John Teague Murphy/Noah
Rowell from MGCCC. Boussom/Carey defeated Brendon Jobe/Chris Shands 8-1
in the quarterfinals to advance. In consolation action, ECCC’s
Tom Langelaar defeated Hinds’ Chris Crapps 8-6. In the doubles
consolation, Cory Alderman/Tripp Case from CoLin defeated ICC’s Edson
Marchant/Michael Crotts 8-6 to win the consolation bracket.
Military Institute also had double champions on the women’s side. The
women’s championship match pitted Mariana Alvarez of Hinds against MMI’s
Paola Bou. Alvarez, currently ranked #15 in the ITA National Rankings,
lost 6-4, 6-3. Bou, who comes to Alabama from Puerto Rico, defeated
teammate Makenzie Ralston in the semifinals 0, 0. Alvarez advanced to
the finals with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 10-7 win over MMI’s
Alana Larcombe. Meridian’s Hayden Hill had a great tournament. She lost
in the quarterfinals to Makenzie Ralston from MMI 2-6, 6-3, 10-3.
Meridian’s Rachel Sollie won the consolation singles with an 8-4 win
over teammate Jordyn Hull.
women’s doubles, Bou/Alana Larcombe breezed to a 6-1, 6-3 win over
Paulina Estrada/Katie Burrall of MGCCC. Bou/Larcombe defeated the No. 1
seed from Hinds, Mariana Alvarez/Stefy Varon, 8-3 to advance to the
finals. Burrall/Estrada advanced to the finals with a 9-7 win over
Gyselle Daza/Laura Vargas from Copiah Lincoln. Hull/Taylor Miller of MCC
won the consolation doubles with an 8-3 score over
Kacie Calhoune/Jasmine Sartin of MGCCC.
winners of this tournament qualified to advance to the Oracle Cup
(formerly known as the National Small College Championships) which will
be held in Surprise, Ariz., at the Surprise Tennis Center and Racket
Club October 13-16. The overall winners of the Oracle Cup receive an
invite to the DI National Indoor