Osorio and Pinilla of Co-Lin make state tourney

Published 10:53 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PERKINSTON — Copiah-Lincoln’s Sebastian Osorio and Juan Pablo Pinilla qualified for the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament in Plano, Texas May 15-19 with a second place finish in No. 1 doubles at the MACJC/Region XXIII State Tournament held on the campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast this past weekend.

Meridian claimed the team title, Gulf Coast finished second, and JCJC finished third.

The Wolves finished in fifth place as a team and wrapped up the year with a 9-6 overall record.

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Osorio and Pinilla, Co-Lin’s No. 1 doubles team, entered the state tournament as the second seed. The pair defeated Hinds 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and outlasted JCJC 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals. The duo lost to the one seed Meridian, in the finals, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, but their finish qualifies them for the national tournament.

Cory Alderman and Tripp Case were the Wolves’ No. 2 team. The pair rolled past Northwest in the opening round 6-3, 6-4, but lost to Meridian, the one seed, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters.

Co-Lin’s No. 3 doubles, Hayes Thompson and Cole Moak fell in the opening round to JCJC 7-5, 7-5.

In singles play Osorio played No. 1 for Co-Lin and had the second seed entering the tournament. Osorio blanked Holmes’ Matthew Philley in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-0, but lost in the semis to Gulf Coast’s Travis Bell 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Pinilla held the three seed in the tournament and grabbed a 6-4, 6-4 win in the quarters over ICC. Pinilla defeated the two seed, Breno Goncalves of Meridian, 6-4, 7-6 in the semifinals, but lost to the one seed Diego Leal of Jones in the finals 6-2, 6-4.

Thompson played the No. 3 role for the Wolves and lost to ICC’s Ezra Blizzard, the four seed, 7-5, 7-6.

At No. 4 Case earned a win in the opening round over Northwest 6-0, 6-2. He lost in the quarterfinals to Meridian’s Callan Shinall, the one seed, 6-4, 6-4.

Co-Lin’s Alderman had the four seed entering play, and grabbed a win in the quarterfinals over Hinds 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Alderman fell in the semis to the one seed Reed Cudd of Gulf Coast 6-3, 6-0.

Moak rounded out singles play at No. 6. Moak lost in the opening round to Aaron Gallaway 6-1, 6-1.