Co-Lin tennis edges Jones County in marathon match

Published 11:41 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves outlasted the JCJC Bobcats to win 5-4 in a match that lasted over six hours Wednesday afternoon. The win moves the Wolves to 6-3 on the season.

“This match was big for us because they beat us at their place a few weeks ago,” said Co-Lin head coach Blake Smith. “We played several hard-fought matches…this will help us develop that mindset we need for the state tournament.”

Co-Lin took two of three doubles courts to start the day. Sebastian Osorio and Juan Pablo Pinilla played No. 1 and defeated Taqel Lewis and Diego Leal 8-6. Cory Alderman and Tripp Case paired up at No. 2 doubles and won a barnburner match, 9-8 (7-3) over Brandon McCary and Chase Pennington. The Wolves fell at No. 3 doubles 8-4. JCJC’s Jacob Bozeman and Luke Armstrong defeated Co-Lin’s Cole Moak and Hayes Thompson.

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The Wolves needed three singles courts to claim a victory, and did just that. Osorio defeated Lewis in a physical match at No. 1 singles. Osorio won 4-6, 6-1, 10-7. At No. 2, Pinilla bounced back from an early setback to defeat Leal 2-6, 6-2, 11-9. JCJC’s Pennington defeated Hayes Thompson 6-1, 7-6 (5) at No. 3 singles. Co-Lin’s Case lost a heart breaker at No. 4 singles to Bozeman by a final 3-6, 7-6, 12-10. Alderman came up huge for the Wolves at No. 5 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 win over JCJC’s Armstrong to solidify Co-Lin’s victory. At No. 6 singles Moak fell to McCary 6-2, 6-3.

“I’m very proud of Sebastian Osorio and Juan Pablo Pinilla,” said Smith. “They revenged an early season loss in doubles and followed up with two extremely close singles matches. Cory Alderman also got a big win against an early season loss and clinched the match for us.”

The Wolves are back on the court Monday as the team travels to Raymond to take on Hinds.