Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Jacksonville College head tennis coach, Mark Robbins, has announced the signing of three mens tennis players that are expected to join the team as they prepare for the spring season, which is scheduled to get under way on Feb. 1 with a match at Temple College.
The Lady Jaguars are expected to have Ashley Hermis back in the mix. Hermis was a part of the team last year and served as team manager in the fall semester.
The new faces on the mens side will include, Taylor Johnson from Allen, Texas, McAllen, Texas-native Margarito Charles and Ricardo Almeida, who hails from Portugal.
Johnson helped propel his Lucas-Lovejoy High School team to a state tournament appearance.
Johnson is a sophomore who is transferring from Seminole State (Okla.) College, where he played singles and doubles.
Johnson plans on majoring in business or physical therapy.
Charles assisted Class 5A McAllen High School in reaching the state tournament, and like Johnson, he is expected to play both singles and doubles for JC, according to Robbins.
Charles will be majoring in pre-engineering.
Almeida started playing tennis as an 8-year-old and six years later he was taking part in Junior ITA events and tournaments in his home country.
He has been ranked as high as No. 4 in Portugal and has posted wins at the ITA Open Nationals in both mens doubles and mixed doubles.
Almeida is undecided on a major at this time.
A Lorena, Texas product, Hermis is looking forward to returning to the court after being a member of the 2013 JC ladies squad that finished second in the NJCAA Region 14 Tournament.
Hermis is classified as a sophomore.
Robins said that he was excited about the new influx of talent that his teams have procured and that he expects each player to make contributions in the upcoming season.
Highlighting the JC spring schedule will be a home match against Dallas Baptist University on Feb. 28.
The Region 14 Tournament will take place on April 18, 19 and will be hosted by Laredo Community College.
The NJCAA Women's National Championship Tournament will take place at Tyler Junior College on May 4-8, while the NJCAA Mens National Tournament will be played at Collin College in Plano on May 12-16.