ELLISVILLE – Two Jones College tennis players have signed with an NCAA Division I program.
Twins Mireia Jordan and Ariadna Jordan from Spain inked with Savannah State University on Thursday afternoon in the McClellan Hall Media Room.
The Jordan twins have played at the top of the lineup for the No. 18 Lady Bobcats during both of their seasons at Jones and helped them win an MACJC/Region 23 championship in 2018.
Bobcat head coach Brooks Buffington said Savannah State will be getting two quality players.
"They are very solid players," he said. "They have been successful playing 1 and 2 for us. They both have great winning records."
Mireia Jordan won the consolation round of No. 1 singles at the NJCAA Division I Tournament in Waco, Texas, in 2018. Jones tied for 13thin the national tournament, marking the highest finish ever for a Lady Bobcat team in the Division I Tournament.
Off the court, the twins have shined.
They both have perfect 4.0 Grade Point Averages (GPAs), were both named NJCAA First-Team Academic All-Americans, to the MACJC Distinguished All-Academic Team and have been chosen for the Jones College Hall of Fame.
"You could not ask for anything better," Buffington said. "They both have 4.0 GPAs and anything that's asked of them, they will do. They show up for practice on time and they are always intensely focused at practice. They both have a huge desire to win. I could not ask for two better players."
The Jordan sisters helped the Jones women's tennis team achieve a 3.70 GPA – the highest GPA of any team on campus, the second best in the MACJC and third best in the NJCAA for women's tennis.
Savannah State is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Their coach, Carolina Lainez, is also from Spain, which played a factor in the Jordan sisters' decision.
"They reached out to Savannah State," Buffington said. "Their coach is also from Spain, so they have that connection. She was able to see that their grades are very good. They are getting money through PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) and that's a major positive for the juco system. Being able to access those funds is giving them the opportunity to be able to go there in the first place.
"Grades, along with being great players, … they had a lot of full-ride options. They took care of business during their two years here. They earned the scholarships they are getting next year."
Regular season plays ends April 5 with the 2019 MACJC/Region 23 Tennis Tournament set for Tupelo April 10-13.