Jones Bobcat tennis teams open season with impressive victories

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MCCOMB – The nationally ranked Jones College tennis teams opened their respective seasons in impressive fashion here Tuesday afternoon at Fernwood Country Club.

Both teams posted 9-0 shutouts over Southwest Mississippi.

The Bobcat teams return to action at 1 p.m. Friday vs. Millsaps in Jackson. They will play Marion Military Institute (Alabama) at 9 a.m. Saturday in Meridian.

The first home match for Jones will be Feb. 7 against Delta State University.


Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Bears 0


No. 19 Jones took a quick 3-0 lead in doubles.


Danielle Viljoen (Jackson) and Judith Mills (Pontotoc) defeated Savannah Frith and Kim San 8-1 in No. 1 doubles. Kamryn Rodriguez (Newton County) and Dixie Lei Hodges (Laurel Christian School) blanked Amber Byrd and Allye Byrd 8-0 in No. 2 doubles. Brooke Chism (Pontotoc) and Stori Endt (Vancleave) shutout Rylie Garris and Gamilla Cevallos in No. 3 doubles, 8-0.


Viljoen whipped San in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0 and Mills beat Frith in No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-1. Hodges blanked Garris in No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 6-0 and Chism downed Amber Byrd in No. 4 doubles, 6-0, 6-1. Rodriguez beat Allye Byrd in No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-1 and Endt downed Cevallos in No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0.


Bobcats 9, Bears 0


The Bobcats rolled to easy wins in doubles.


Gaspar Meda (Argentina) and Kwanda Mbalekwa (South Africa) defeated Daniel Espinosa and Julius Boyd in No. 1 doubles, 8-0. Daniel Panzica (Brookhaven) and Jacob Johnson (North Pike) beat Jexequiel Dela Cruz and Gavin Thomas 8-2 in No. 2 doubles. James McWilliams (Northwest Rankin) and Trey Hilton (Pearl) blanked Mason Mills and Joshua King in No. 3 doubles, 8-0.


Meda whipped Espinosa in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1 and Mbalekwa shutout Boyd in No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Panzica beat Thomas in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1 and Johnson blanked Dela Cruz in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Hilton defeated Dylan Bergeron in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-1 and McWilliams beat Jacob Brown in No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0.


In extra matches, Ryan Myers (Madison Central) defeated Mills, 6-1, 6-0 and Greyson Parman (Warren Central) beat King, 6-0, 6-1.