No. 20 Jones Bobcats claim two matches in Meridian

photo  JC Athletics
photo JC Athletics

MERIDIAN – The 20th-ranked Jones College Bobcats had a productive day on the courts here Saturday at the Northeast Tennis Center.


Jones defeated the defending NJCAA Division III champions, Oxford-Emory (Georgia), 8-1. The Bobcats then beat Hinds 8-1 in the conclusion of a match that had been suspended by rain on Feb. 4.


Jones, 3-0, will host Meridian at 2 p.m. Tuesday.


Bobcats 8, Oxford-Emory 1


Jones swept the doubles' matches.


In No. 1 doubles, Jacob Johnson (North Pike) and Kwanda Mbalekwa (South Africa) beat Kavi Jain and Bryce Guenther, 8-2. Daniel Panzica (Brookhaven) and James McWilliams (Northwest Rankin) defeated Kevin Yan and Michael Ru in No. 2 doubles, 8-2. Gaspar Meda (Argentina) and Trey Hilton (Pearl) blanked Colin Ku and Jeremy Cai in No. 3 doubles, 8-0.


Meda beat Yan in No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-1 and Panzica downed Ru in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-4. Johnson whipped Guenther in No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-2 and Hilton downed Cai in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-1. McWilliams defeated Ku in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-3. Mbalekwa dropped a close match in No. 1 singles to Jain, 4-6, 6-7.


In extra matches, Ryan Myers (Madison Central) beat Dominick Garcia, 6-4, 6-2 and Greyson Parman (Warren Central) defeated John Funda, 6-4, 7-6 (5).


Bobcats 8, Eagles 1


Jones was impressive in finishing off the Eagles.


In No. 2 singles, Meda whipped Chris Adams, 6-0, 6-1 and Panzica downed Berto Le Roux in No. 3 singles, 6-3, 7-5. Johnson defeated Chambers Bethea in No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-1 and Hilton downed Bryce Ramshur in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-1. McWilliams defeated Tommy Sims in No. 6 singles, 6-2, 3-0, ret. Mbalekwa lost in a lengthy match to Abraham Gonzalez, 6-2, 4-6, 7-10.


In No. 1 doubles, Johnson and Mbalekwa beat Gonzalez and Adams, 8-5, and in No. 2 doubles, Panzica and McWilliams defeated Le Roux and Bethea, 8-5. In No. 3 doubles, Meda and Hilton blanked Sims and Ramshur, 8-0. In an extra match, Braxton Wallis (Brookhaven) and Brenden McKee (Northwest Rankin) defeated Eli Sykes and Walker Magee, 8-1.


Hinds goes to Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday.