Jacksonville College hosted its first USTA Campus Showdown on Saturday and the day not only served to increase awareness in the school's new tennis program, but produced several exciting and competitive matches to boot.
“I want to thank everyone that came out to make it a great day for Jacksonville College tennis,” Kenneth Michaud, JC head tennis coach said. “I was pleased with the turnout and the community's support. I also want to thank the Jaguar Club members for helping out and coach (Lynn) Nabi and the other coaches here who gave of their time to participate.”
Several of the men and women that comprise the Jaguar/Lady Jaguar tennis teams played in the tournament and saw a nice amount of success.
On a lighter note, one of the big surprises of the tournament, according to Michaud, was Leasa Ailshie, JC's associate women's basketball coach, knocking off Anderia Callahan, who is a member of the Lady Jag tennis team, 6-4, in the quarterfinal round of women's singles.
Maria Coronel, who is gaining her NJCAA eligibility after transferring to JC from Louisiana Tech, defeated Lanborghina Robinson, a JC recruit from Houston in the finals of women's singles.
In men's singles, Johnathan Taylor, the Jags' top player, easily won the tournament.
Taylor said that it was a memorable day for him.
“I would definitely say it was a good experience to win the first tournament that has ever been played here,” Taylor said.
Other Jags to advance deep were Gabe Knight and Tyler Smith.
Two local 13-year-olds, Austin Pierce and Adam Verhelle squared off in bracket play, with Pierce winning 5-1 to advance into the quarters.
There was a big upset in men's doubles where Gil Lim & Gabe Knight defeated, 6-4, Tyler Smith & Joseph Quandt in the finals.
“It's pretty cool to win the championship in doubles in the first tournament on campus,” Lim, who is from Las Vegas, Nev., said. “It was our tournament to win or to lose, so I am glad we won.”
Daniel Apacible & Tyler Sargent pulled off the stunner by downing the No. 1 seed team of Johnathan Taylor & Travis Daignbault to advance to the semi-final round.
All of the aforementioned men are members of the Jag tennis team, except for Daignbault.
Coronel & Britney Sibley of JC won the women's doubles title.
- Local Sports
- NJCAA Men's Tennis Championships: Rain puts things on hold for Jags
- Ex-Jacksonville College hoopster to become a Minnesota Golden Gopher
Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo: Meier earns 87-point rid on 'Rainbow'
The last ride of the night turned out to be the most spectacular ride of the evening Wednesday night when Austin Meier scored an 87 for his ride atop "Rainbow" in the final segment of bull riding on the opening night of the Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo.
- Brook Hill three peats as TAPPS 3A baseball champions; Pile strikes out 14
- 19-3A Softball All-District: Rusk’s Littlejohn named league MVP; Bowling, Blankinship garner superlative accolades
- TAPPS 3A Baseball: Brook Hill advances to fourth-straight state title game
Brook Hill defeats Brazos Christian 7-5 in TAPPS title thriller
Brook Hill used a three run sixth inning to get past Bryan Brazos Christian, 7-5, in the TAPPS 3A State Championship baseball game that took place in Waco Wednesday afternoon.
TAPPS 3A Baseball Championship: Brook Hill knotted at 2 with Brazos Christian in 5th inning
Brook Hill and Bryan Brazos Christian are tied (2-2) after four and a half innings in the TAPPS Class 3A Champinship game, which has been moved to Waco from Belton due to inclement weather.
TAPPS 3A Baseball Championship: Guard up 1-0 after 2 innings
Field conditions have improved at Mary Hardin Baylor University in Belton and baseball is being played.
- More Local Sports Headlines