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Lady Bobcats Clinch Spot In Nationals
 April 21, 2010


MERIDIAN - The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are headed for Arizona - again.

The Lady Bobcats clinched a top two finish here Tuesday in the opening round of the Region 23 Tennis Tournament.  Host Meridian Community College has nine points after Tuesday's opening round, followed by JCJC with six points, Gulf Coast with two and Itawamba with one.

The top three teams qualify for the NJCAA Nationals, which will be held May 1-6 in Tucson, Ariz. This will be the sixth time in the past seven years for the Lady Bobcats to advance to nationals.

The men's team is still in contention for a top three finish. Meridian has seven points, followed by Itawamba with six, Hinds with three and JCJC with two.

If the Bobcats finish in the top three, then they will head to the nationals in Plano, Texas, which will be May 10-14.

The regional finals will take place Wednesday with singles beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by doubles.


The Lady Bobcats have five players in the singles' finals.

In No. 1 singles, No. 3 seed Mary Carole Kiewit defeated Gulf Coast's Ruda Grinvalde by default. She will face Anna Vavric of MCC on Wednesday.

In No. 3 singles, second-seeded Tiffany Hudson beat Gulf Coast's Meagan Terrell, 7-5, 6-2.  In No. 4 singles, second-seeded Rebecca Rogers whipped Itawamba's Lori Beth Byrd, 6-0, 6-1. In No. 5 singles, second-seeded Arlette Cochran defeated Tiara Dismuke of Itawamba, 6-0, 6-2.  In No. 6 singles, second-seeded Samantha Dickerson downed Gulf Coast's Katy King, 6-4, 6-0.

In No. 2 singles, third-seeded Meredith Johnson lost to Gulf Coast's Victoria Hagel, 6-2, 6-2.

JCJC has one team in the doubles' finals.

Third-seeded Cochran and Jillian McNeese beat Itawamba's Byrd and Dismuke, 7-5, 6-3.

Kiewit and Johnson, the No. 2 seeds, fell to Itawamba's Sudduth and Hannah Thomas in No. 1 doubles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In No. 2 doubles, Hudson and Rogers - the third seeds - lost to Hagel and Terrell of Gulf Coast, 6-3, 6-3.


The Bobcats have two players going for singles' titles.

Fourth-seeded Eric Lynn downed top-seeded Jeremy Purdum, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 4 singles. Lynn will face Itawamba's Josh Fulgham in the finals.

Second-seeded Dalton Delk defeated Hinds' Rowe Rhette, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, in No. 6 singles. Delk meets Meridian's Kyle Dew for the title.

In No. 1 singles, third-seeded Cade Sherman lost to MCC's Lucio Cangiano, 6-2, 6-0. In No. 2 singles, fourth-seeded Armand Deniakos fell to top-seeded Gabriel Nicotra of MCC, 6-2, 6-3. In No. 3 singles, fourth-seeded Tyler Shows lost to top-seeded Andres Cepede of MCC, 6-2, 6-1. In No. 5 singles, third-seeded Cody Kadoun fell to Itawamba's Wesley Raines - the second-seed - 7-6 (4), 6-2.

In No. 1 doubles, Sherman and Delk were beaten 6-4, 6-1, by top seeds Ethan Wilkerson and Leo Prudencio of Itawamba.

JCJC lost a heartbreaker in No. 2 doubles as fourth-seeded Lynn and Shows fell to top-seeded Alex Thomas and Fulgham of Itawamba, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).

In No. 3 doubles, third-seeded Deniakos and Nathan Burkett lost to second-seeded Raines and Tyler Walker of ICC, 6-3, 7-5.


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