JC Bobcats tied for 14th after first round of tennis nationals

JC Bobcats tied for 14th after first round of tennis nationals

TUCSON, Arizona – The 20th-rated Jones College Bobcats are tied for 14thplace after day one of the NJCAA Division I Tennis Tournament here at the Reffkin Tennis Center.

Noel Monsalve (Venezuela) won in No. 2 singles and teamed with Jordi Morey (Spain) to win in No. 1 doubles on Monday.

At the tournament banquet on Sunday evening, Monsalve received the ITA Region 3 Most Improved Sophomore Award.

Collin College (Texas) and Wallace State (Alabama) are tied for first place with 14 points. 

The tournament ends on Friday.

Monsalve defeated Colten Way of Iowa Central, 6-1, 7-5. He faces Francisco Vargas of Seward College (Kansas) at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Monsalve and Morey beat Quinn Canfield and Blaze Taylor-Lutz of Kaskaskia College (Illinois), 6-1, 6-3. They will play Sander Jans and Gabriel Nery of Seward at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In No. 1 singles, Morey lost to Abhiram Venkatachalam of Collin, 3-6, 5-7. He meets Jofre Tura Campalans of Prairie State (Illinois) in the consolation round at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Erich Fischer (Wesson) lost 3-6, 4-6 to Cliff Dwyer of Iowa Central in No. 3 singles. He plays in a consolation match on Wednesday.

Jacob Johnson (North Pike) lost 0-6, 2-6 to Juan David Ramirez of Laredo College (Texas) in No. 4 singles. He plays in the consolation round Wednesday.

Cody Courtney (Florence) lost 6-4, 6-7, 3-6 to Gabriel Sa of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Georgia) in No. 5 singles. He will play a consolation round match on Wednesday.

James McWilliams (Northwest Rankin) dropped an 0-6, 1-6 decision to Ned Merrion of New Mexico Military Institute in No. 6 singles. He plays a consolation round match on Wednesday.

Fischer and Johnson fell in a close match 5-7, 6-7 (4) to Ulises Barradas and Renan Kormann of Prairie State in No. 2 doubles. They will play a consolation match on Wednesday.

Courtney and McWilliams lost 3-6, 3-6 to Andrew Bizilla and Ben Hicks of Wallace State in No. 3 doubles. They will play a consolation match Wednesday.

To follow the tournament, go to www.njcaa.org.