JACKSON, Miss. – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves grabbed two MACJC Championships this past weekend in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The wins qualify the women's No. 1 team, Gyselle Daza and Carmen Manicea, for the NJCAA Division I National Championship in Waco, Texas from May 6-May 11.
"The women's team missed qualifying for nationals as a team by one point but showed dramatic improvement from last year's team," said Lady Wolves' head coach Brenda Smith. "Daza and Katy Clark had good showings and were finalist at No. 1 and No. 3 singles. Katy and her sister Kara Clark dominated No. 2 doubles for their first MACJC State title…with five players returning, the women's team be strong again next year."
Daza and Manicea picked up a quarterfinal win over East Central's Kahmann/Terrell, 6-1, 6-0, and advanced to the finals with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Buie/Lopareva in the semis. The pair, seeded in the No. 1 spot, defeated Jordan/Jordan in the championship, 6-2, 7-6.
The Clark sisters had a tough start in the No. 2 women's doubles draw, but regained confidence and rolled past the competition dropping only two games in the semis and finals combined. The duo, also seeded as No. 1, went to a third set in the quarterfinals against Bankston/Holmes. They squeezed out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory. In the semifinals, the pair defeated Curtis/Taylor 6-0, 6-1, and never wavered in the championship match against McLaurin/Owen winning 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 Daza-Manicea (CL) def. Kahmann-Terrell (ECCC) 6-1, 6-0 (Quarterfinals)
Daza-Manicea (CL) def. Buie-Lopareva (MGCCC) 6-1, 7-6 (Semifinals)
Daza-Manicea (CL) def. Jordan-Jordan (JCJC) 6-2, 7-6 (Finals)
No. 2 Clark-Clark (CL) def. Bankston-Holmes (MGCCC) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 (Quarterfinals)
Clark-Clark (CL) def. Curtis-Taylor (Hinds) 6-0, 6-1 (Semifinals)
Clark-Clark (CL) def. McLaurin-Owen (JCJC) 6-1, 6-0 (Finals)
No. 3 Johnston-Mazzella (ECCC) def. Bergeron-Locke (CL) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 (Quarterfinals)
No. 1 Gyselle Daza (CL) def. Alexis Kahmann (ECCC) 6-1, 6-0 (Quarterfinals)
Gyselle Daza (CL) def. Stefy Varon (Hinds) 6-1, 6-2 (Semifinals)
Bianca Anamaria Buie (MGCCC) def. Gyselle Daza (CL) 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 (Finals)
No. 2 Carmen Manicea (CL) def. Heidy Herrera (ECCC) 6-3, 6-4 (Quarterfinals)
Margarita Lopareva (MGCCC) def. Carmen Manicea (CL) 6-3, 7-6 (Semifinals)
No. 3 Katy Clark (CL) def. Jordan Warren (Hinds) 6-2, 6-0 (Quarterfinals)
Katy Clark (CL) def. Tierney Holmes (MGCCC) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 (Semifinals)
Beth Owen (JCJC) def. Katy Clark (CL) 6-2, 6-2 (Finals)
No. 4 Kara Clark (CL) def. Caylee Yarborough (ECCC) 6-3, 6-3 (Quarterfinals)
Madison Curtis (Hinds) def. Kara Clark (CL) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 (Semifinals)
No. 5 Jenna Lyons (MGCCC) def. Ashlyn Locke (CL) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 (Quarterfinals)
No. 6 Julia Johnston (ECCC) def. Madison Franklin (CL) 6-0, 6-0
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