Playing in just its second tournament of the fall last weekend, several members of the Jacksonville College tennis team posted noteworthy victories against solid competition during the Collin Open, hosted by Collin College in Plano on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore Maria Coronel, who hails from Peru, cruised by Collin's Catherine Oh 6-0, 6-0 in the second round of women's singles and advanced to take on Whitney Hobson, a senior from Arkansas-Fort Smith (NCAA, Division II) who went 8-3 last season in singles.
Coronel and Hobson battled back and forth in a hotly contested match.
After Coronel won the first set, 6-4, Hobson bounced back to prevail 6-3, (10-8) to earn the win.
Lamborghina Robinson and Kailla Parker split their opening day matches, with Robinson, a freshman from Houston, blanking Willis of Austin College, 8-0.
Robinson also picked up a win on Saturday where she prevailed over Sheridan McKissick of North Central Texas College, 8-4.
Parker, a Groesbeck sophomore, topped Baker of Seminole (Okla.) State, 8-2.
JC also collected two wins in women's doubles where Kara Chitty of Frankston teamed up with Robinson to coast past a duo representing Hesston (Kan.) College, 8-2.
In other women's doubles matches, JC's Coronel & Parker doubled up Hurta & Baker from Seminole St., 8-4.
Lim, Polanco, Munro lead Jags
In men's play, JC's Gil Lim, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev. recovered from a first-round loss to spank Yuu Sakagkchi (Hesston College) by identical 6-1 counts.
A couple of first-year Jags, Edgar Polanco and Miles Munro, secured respective Day 1 wins also.
Polanco bested Jacob Morgan of Austin College 6-3, 6-1 and Munro saddled Seminole's Brady Matthews with a 6-1, 2-6, (10-4) defeat.
Lim and Daniel Apacible partnered to earn JC an 8-2 win over Diaz & Ashburn from Austin College in the second round of men's doubles.
In the opening round of men's doubles, Jags Polanco & Munro got past Austin College's Boerner & Harris, 8-6.
JC tennis is coached by Mark Robbins.