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September 18, 2012

MCC tennis to host tournament

MERIDIAN —    Meridian Community College is set to host the USTA/ITA Small College Southern JUCO Regional Championships at Northeast Tennis Center from Thursday-Saturday. To participate in the USTA/ITA regional tournaments teams must be a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

    The tournament is not a flighted tournament. One singles player from the men’s and women’s side and one doubles’ team from the men and women’s side will qualify to advance. This regional tournament is a lead-up to the National Small College Championships to be held in Mobile, Ala., at the Mobile Tennis Center Oct. 13-16. Winners of the Small College Super Bowl will receive wildcards into the Division I USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships (Nov. 3-6 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)

    Teams participating in the Southern Regional are Itawamba Community College men and women, Hinds Community College men and women, Holmes Community College men, Jones County Junior College men and women, Marion Military Institute men and women, Meridian Community College men and women, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College men and women.

    On the women’s side, Meridian’s Ivanna Echezuria, who had a stellar year as a freshman, hopes to advance in singles. Echezuria is the top returning player on the women’s team for Meridian and will look to make the biggest impact in the tournament for the Eagles. Echezuria led the Eagles to the 2012 Region 23 Championship and an appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

    “She had a fantastic freshman season and we are hoping for big things from her this season,” said MCC tennis coach Wanda McPhail. “Our men’s team will be very young this season and we have no international players on our roster this season. We are hoping to improve throughout the season, but this will be a big early test for our men.”

    The tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

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