Eagles and Lady Eagles Tennis Take Down ECCC; Tennis Courts named after Hinds Hall of Fame Coach

Eagles and Lady Eagles Tennis Take Down ECCC; Tennis Courts named after Hinds Hall of Fame Coach

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College No. 18 ranked Eagles and Lady Eagles tennis programs won their matches over the Warriors and Lady Warriors of East Central Community College yesterday (April 2) following a ceremony in which the tennis courts were dedicated to Hinds Hall of Fame coach Dr. Clean McKnight.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles won their matches 9-0 and 5-4 respectively on the newly named Cleon McKnight Tennis Center. McKnight retired in 2001 after 32 years as a tennis coach and chemistry instructor on the Utica and Raymond campuses.

Under his leadership, the men's and women's teams became national powerhouses, combining for a record of 430-49 by the time he retired. His men's teams won nine state and eight regional championships to go along with five undefeated seasons, while his women's teams won eight state and regional titles each, plus four undefeated seasons.
He won coach of the year honors 50 times from four different organizations during his career.

Twice, he received the Academic Achievement Instructor Award, in 1992 and 1999, and was named Academic Instructor of the Year in 1992 by Phi Theta Kappa. In 2009, he was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
Below are the results from the No. 18 ranked Eagles 9-0 win over the Warriors of ECCC

W - S1: Carlos Trujillo def. Chris Lawrence 6-3, 7-5
W - S2: Mateo Garcia def. Isaac Santitto 6-1, 6-3
W - S3: Eric Holmes def. Dylan Barnett 6-1, 6-1
W - S4: Bryce Livingston def. Isaac Keen 6-3, 6-4
W - S5: Chris Adams def. Jake Wofford 6-1, 6-2
W - S6: Drew Rexrode def. Peyton Chaney 6-1, 6-2
W - D1: Carlos Trujillo / Mateo Garcia def. Chris Lawrence / Isaac Santitto 8-4
W - D2: Bryce Livingston / Chris Adams def. Dylan Barnett / Peyton Chaney 8-3
W - D3: Eric Holmes / Drew Rexrode def. Jake Wofford / Will Ladner 8-1

With the win, the Eagles finished the regular season 14-2.
Below are the results from the Lady Eagles 5-4 victory over the Lady Warriors of ECCC

W - S1: Paula Scarlet Gutierrez def. Gabriella Gomez 6-3, 6-2
L - S2: Ali Grace Walker def. Danna Gonzalez 5-7, 6-3, 1-0(5)
W - S3: Madison Curtis def. Josie Hurst 6-2, 6-0
W - S4: Olivia White def. Alex Tindall 6-3, 6-1
L - S5: Bethany Wellerman def. Anna Hayden Taylor 5-7, 6-1, 1-0(5)
L - S6: Kayla Baucum def. Courtney Buffington 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(4)
L - D1: Ali Grace Walker / Josie Hurst def. Paula Scarlet Gutierrez / Danna Gonzalez 8-4
W - D2: Aryelle Grace Waters / Anna Hayden Taylor def. Gabriella Gomez / Kayla Baucum 8-6
W - D3: Madison Curtis / Courtney Buffington def. Alex Tindall / Bethany Wellerman 8-4

With the win, the Lady Eagles finish the regular season 7-8.

Next up for the Eagles and Lady Eagles Tennis teams is the Region XXIII Tournament starting next Wednesday, April 10.

Check back later in the week for more information regarding the Region XXIII tournament and where Hinds Tennis will be seeded.