Jones Bobcat tennis teams edge East Central

photo  JC Athletics/R Buckley
photo JC Athletics/R Buckley

DECATUR – The Jones College tennis teams posted a pair of close victories here Tuesday afternoon at the East Central Community College Tennis Complex.


The No. 19 Jones women beat No. 20 East Central, 5-4, and the No. 20 Jones men's team downed the No. 21 Warriors, 5-4.


The Jones women are now 11-0, while the men are 11-2. The Bobcats will not play again until they host Wallace St.-Hanceville (Alabama) at 1 p.m. on March 23.


East Central travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast on Friday.


No. 19 Bobcats 5, No. 20 Warriors 4


Jones won two of the doubles matches.


Bella Chela (South Africa) and Judith Mills (South Pontotoc) downed Natalia Beltran and Alejandra Vargas in No. 1 doubles, 8-4, and Brooke Chism (Pontotoc) and Stori Endt (Vancleave) whipped Kayla Baucum and Maria Graham in No. 3 doubles, 8-1. Danielle Viljoen (Jackson) and Dixie Lei Hodges (Laurel Christian School) lost 7-9 in No. 2 doubles to Josie Hurst and Ali Grace Walker.


Viljoen beat Vargas in No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2. Hodges rallied past Hurst, 1-6, 7-6, 10-7 in No. 4 singles and Chism downed Baucum in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-4. Chela fell to Beltran in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 4-6, 1-10, Mills lost to Walker in No. 3 singles, 6-1, 4-7, 6-10 and Endt lost to Graham in No. 6 singles, 4-6, 4-6.


East Central falls to 8-4 on the season.


 No. 20 Bobcats 5, No. 21 Warriors 4


Jones claimed four of the singles matches.


Kwanda Mbalekwa (South Africa) edged Isaac Santitto in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 11-9, and Daniel Panzica (Brookhaven) beat Dylan Barnett in No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-1. Trey Hilton (Pearl) downed Chris Albert in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2, and James McWilliams (Northwest Rankin) defeated Dominick Donaldson In No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-2. Gasper Meda (Argentina) lost a close one to Chris Lawrence in No. 1 singles, 3-6, 7-6, 8-10, and Jacob Johnson (North Pike) fell to Peyton Chaney in No. 4 singles, 6-1, 4-6, 6-10.


Meda and Hilton took No. 3 doubles over Donaldson and Albert, 8-3. Mbalekwa and Johnson lost No. 1 doubles to Lawrence and Santitto, 6-8, and Panzica and McWilliams fell to Barnett and Chaney in No. 2 doubles, 5-8.


East Central is now 7-5 on the year.


BY: Shawn Wansley

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