ECCC Tennis Falls at Nationally Ranked Marion Military

photo  EC Athletics
photo EC Athletics

For the second consecutive day, the nationally ranked East Central Community College tennis teams found themselves on the courts with two other nationally ranked teams. This time it was Marion Military Institute, and the hosts of Marion, Ala., grabbed a pair of victories Saturday, Feb. 9.


The No. 14 Marion women picked up an 8-1 win over the No. 20 Lady Warriors, while the No. 13 Marion Tigers won 6-3 over the No. 21 East Central men.


A day earlier, East Central was swept in matches against the No. 18 Gulf Coast women and the No. 19 Gulf Coast men.


With the losses, the Lady Warriors are 1-2 on the season and the Warriors are 0-3. It was the season opener for the Marion Lady Tigers. The Marion men are 2-0.


Women's Doubles Results:

MMI's Anna Waller and Kennedy Greenwalt defeated EC's Natalia Beltran (Bogota, Colombia) and Alejandra Vargas (Bogota, Colombia), 8-1; MMI's Ksenia Vasilyev and Kathryn Risner defeated EC's Kayla Baucum (Newton County) and Marla Graham (Newton County Academy), 8-0; and MMI's Gianna Azzaro and Shandreika Crocker defeated EC's Laila Sisson (Neshoba Central) and Courtney Gill (Leake Academy), 8-6.


Women's Singles Results:

MMI's Vasilyev defeated EC's Beltran, 6-2, 7-5; MMI's Waller defeated EC's Vargas by default; MMI's Greenwalt defeated EC's Ali Grace Walker (Newton County), 6-2, 6-1; MMI's Risner defeated EC's Graham, 6-0, 6-0; MMI's Azzaro defeated EC's Gill, 6-3, 6-2; and EC's Sisson defeated MMI's Crocker, 6-3, 6-3.


Men's Doubles Results:

MMI's Andrew Branicki Jr. and Joseph Tanjuatco defeated EC's Chris Lawrance (York, Western Australia) and Isaac Santitto (Innisfail, Queensland, Australia), 8-2; EC's Dylan Barnett (Newton County) and Peyton Chaney (Newton County) defeated MMI's Sean Dreher and Isaac Magee, 9-8; and MMI's Dominique Ingram and Austin Taylor defeated EC's Jacob Gardner (Wayne County) and Rhy Elizar (Florence), 8-1.


Men's Singles Results:

EC's Lawrance defeated MMI's Branicki, 6-4, 6-1; MMI's Dreher defeated Santitto, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8); MMI's Tanjuatco defeated EC's Barnett, 6-1, 6-2; MMI's Ingram defeated EC's Chaney, 6-4, 6-7 (10-5); MMI's Magee defeated EC's Elizar, 6-1, 6-4; and MMI's Taylor defeated EC's Gardner, 6-1, 6-3.


The East Central teams will now host Copiah-Lincoln at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Southwest at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The Lady Warriors will play Snead State (Ala.) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Tennis Complex on campus.



Bill Wagnon
Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College