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Smith era begins for Wolfpack tennis

CO-LIN MEDIA / PLAYING FOR THE WOLVES - Members of the 2014 Copiah-Lincoln Community College men's tennis team are front row from left, Coach Brenda Smith, Dwain Perkins of Natchez, Coleman Carraway of Brandon, Graham Watson of Brookhaven; second row from left, Brandon Nettles, Steve Del Cid, Brock Smith, and Josh Smith, all of Wesson. Co-Lin begins regular season play on Feb. 17, at East Central Community College in Decatur.

CO-LIN MEDIA / PLAYING FOR THE WOLVES – Members of the 2014 Copiah-Lincoln Community College men’s tennis team are front row from left, Coach Brenda Smith, Dwain Perkins of Natchez, Coleman Carraway of Brandon, Graham Watson of Brookhaven; second row from left, Brandon Nettles, Steve Del Cid, Brock Smith, and Josh Smith, all of Wesson. Co-Lin begins regular season play on Feb. 17, at East Central Community College in Decatur.

WESSON – Mike McIntyre and Copiah-Lincoln tennis are two things that have become synonymous over the last 30 years. The longtime Wolfpack tennis coach retired last season after leading the team for 35 years. McIntyre was replaced by former Lady Wolves tennis coach Brenda Smith has taken over the helm for 2014.

Smith, who also serves as the Dean of Student Services at Co-Lin, previously coached the Lady Wolves tennis team from 1997-2005. Smith compiled an overall record of 110-19 including six consecutive trips to the NJCAA National Tournament. Her teams won 21 individual state championships, two team championships and six teams ranked nationally. Five of those teams also placed in the top two NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year with the 1999, 2003 and 2004 teams recognized as the top Academic Team of the Year. Four players earned NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American honors and seven NJCAA Academic All-Americans.

Smith returns only one player from the 2013 season and has been busy filling out her 2014 roster.

Josh Smith of Wesson is the only returning sophomore for the Wolves. Incoming freshmen include Coleman Carraway of Brandon, Graham Watson of Brookhaven, Brandon Nettles and Steve Del Cid, both of Wesson.

Smith also picked up two players who spent last year away from the courts in Brock Smith and Dwain Perkins. Smith, a Brookhaven Academy product, attended Louisiana Tech last year and Perkins, a Natchez Cathedral graduate, was a student at Belhaven University.

“I’m very excited to be back coaching tennis and I have great group of young men who will represent Co-Lin very well on and off the court,” said Smith.

The Wolfpack will begin their season on Feb. 17, at East Central Community College in Decatur.