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Wolfpack finish fifth in state tournament

CO-LIN MEDIA / ROSIE NETTLES / Co-Lin Drake Nelson makes a diving save in mens MACJC State tennis action.

CO-LIN MEDIA / ROSIE NETTLES / Co-Lin Drake Nelson makes a diving save in mens MACJC State tennis action.

TUPELO – The Co-Lin Wolfpack men’s tennis team finished fifth in the rain-delayed Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament held in Tupelo. The Wolves finished with 11 points. Itawamba took the men’s title with 30 points followed by Gulf Coast 23, Jones 20, and Meridian 15. East Central finished behind Co-Lin with 7 points followed by Northwest 3, Northeast 2 and Hinds and Holmes with 1 point.

Highlighting the Wolves state tournament run was in doubles as the No. 3 team of Brandon Nettles and Coleman Carraway defeated Peder Bethea and Jamarcus Burton of Hinds in the first round 6-1. 6-0. In the second round, they faced the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the team of Vo and Allen of Mississippi Gulf Coast, winning an exciting three-set tiebreaker 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) (12-10). After that long, grueling match, they had to play the No. 4 overall seed in Kiewtt/Hester falling 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.

In other doubles action, Dwain Perkins and Will Pennington defeated Gray and Pevey of Hinds 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 then lost to eventual State Champion Lane and Blackburn of Gulf Coast 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Braxton Hinton and Will Pennington fell to Jones County’s Lim and Baskin in three sets 1-6, 6-4, 12-10.

In singles action, Dwain Perkins, the No. 4 overall seed, defeated Owen Taylor of Holmes 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to reach the semifinals at No. 1. He then fell to the No. 1 overall seed and eventual State Champion Shane Terbisky of Meridian 6-2, 6-2.

At No. 2, Will Pennington defeated Christian Scott of Northwest 6-2, 7-6. He lost to Itawamba’s Austin McElwain, the tournament’s No. 2 overall seed, 6-0, 6-1.

Braxton Hinton defeated Adam Holley of Northeast 6-1, 7-6 at No. 3 before falling to Itawamba’s Cody Coins, the tournament’s overall No. 2 seed, 6-2, 6-1.

Co-Lin’s Brandon Nettles lost his first round match to Northeast’s Reid Price 6-2, 6-1 at No 4 singles.

At No. 5 singles, Drake Nelson, the tournament’s overall No. 3 seed, defeated Walt Harrington of Meridian 6-1, 6-0. He lost to Bobby Vo of Gulf Coast, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.

Co-Lin’s Coleman Carraway, the tournament’s overall No. 4 seed, defeated Meridian’s D’Quante Evans 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. He fell to the eventual State Champion Joseph Summers of Itawamba 6-2, 6-3.