Jacksonville College freshman Carolina Hernandez, a graduate of Jacksonville High School, posted a 3-2 record at the recent NJCAA Division I National Tennis Tournament, which was played at Tyler Junior College.
A native of Jacksonville, Hernandez advanced all the way to the Flight 4 singles back draw finals where she was defeated by Buker of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 3-8.
Hernandez went 3-2 in the tourney, which included earning wins over Tinajern (9-8) of Elgin (Ill.) Community College, Stevenson (8-6) of Lewis & Clark (Ill.) Community College and Seward (Kansas) Community College's Arnold (8-2).
“I'm very proud of Miss Hernandez and her accomplishments and I look forward to Carolina returning next semester and preparing for another trip to the NJCAA Division I National Women's Tennis Tournament,” Jacksonville College head tennis coach, Mark Robbins, said. “Miss Hernandez is a scholarship honoree of both the Jacksonville Tennis Association (JTA) and Jacksonville College, and has proven that dreams do come true with hard work and dedication.”
JTA founder and advisor Sam Hopkins has monitored Hernandez' tennis career and had this to say about her noteworthy freshman campaign at JC.
“The JTA is proud to have helped sponsor Carolina Hernandez's tennis career at Jacksonville College (after) having seen her exceptional promise on the courts when she played for the JHS tennis team where she was a district champion,” Hopkins said. “She is the first hometown player to debut for the Lady Jaguars (and) we (JTA) are very proud of her achievements at the NJCAA Division I National Women's Tennis Tournament.”
Hernandez was coached by David Hanna at JHS.