Jacksonville Daily Progress
On the strength of posting identical 9-0 triumphs over club teams from the University of Texas-Tyler on Tuesday night, both the men's and women's tennis teams from Jacksonville College were able to improve their respective fall records.
The Jaguars are now 2-0 on the year, while the ladies evened their docket at 1-1.
On the men's side, Jonathan Taylor took a 6-1, 6-0 decision in No. 1 singles and Tyler Smith posted a 7-5, 6-3 verdict over his opponent.
Smith, a freshman from Denton, has been a real shining star for head coach Kenneth Michaud's first-year team, having worked his way up from No. 5 singles into the second slot.
“ Tyler Smith has improved dramatically for us this fall,” Michaud said. “He hasn't played a lot of tennis, but he is a strong kid and he is hungry and he wants to get out on the court and win and we are excited about that.”
JC's Daniel Apacible (No. 3) strolled to a 6-2, 6-3 win, Gil Lim cleaned up at No. 4, winning 6-2, 7-6 (8) and Austin Perez barely broke a sweat in knocking off his foe, 6-0, 6-3.
In no. 6 singles, it was Gabe Knight who finished with a 5-7, 6-2, (10-5) conquest.
In men's doubles, Taylor & Perez won, 8-1.
In No. 2 doubles, Smith & Apacible breezed to a 8-1 verdict, while Lim & Knight brought home an 8-5 win in No. 3 doubles.
The Lady Jaguars were equally effective as the guys as Britney Sibley (No. 1) and Kerri Kirkpatrick (No. 2) leveled their respective opponents 6-1, 6-0.
At No. 3 singles it was Kailla Parker who notched a pair of 6-1 wins.
In Nos. 4-6 singles JC's Kaylee Hullett, Caitlin Renson, who is from Troup, and Ashley Hermis all came away with 6-0, 6-0 wins.
JC went 3-0 in women's doubles with Sibley & Kirkpatrick, Hullett & Parker and Renson & Hermis pairing up for the winners.
“Aside from one player (Taylor) our entire team is freshmen, so it is a real confidence builder for these young men and women to be able to go out and get the win,” Michaud said. “Hopefully this will give our guys a boost as they play in the Tyler Invitational this weekend.”
That tournament will run Friday and Saturday at the Tyler Junior College Tennis Complex.
The women have the weekend off, having played last weekend.