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Copiah-Lincoln wins state, region JUCO tennis titles

By By Marty Stamper / EMG sports assistant
April 22, 2002
Depth is important in any sport. Tennis is no exception.
Copiah-Lincoln captured first place in both the MACJC State and NJCAA Region 23 Women's Tennis Tournaments held at Northeast Tennis Center this weekend.
The three-day event wrapped up Sunday with Co-Lin's Lady Wolves having 33 points. Meridian was second with 25 followed by Itawamba with 18. Completing the 10-team field were Hinds and Pearl River with eight points each, Jones with six, East Central with four, and Holmes with one. Gulf Coast and Southwest did not win an event.
MCC took championships in No. 1 and No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. Co-Lin claimed the other six events to capture the team championship.
Co-Lin's success was no surprise. The Lady Wolves were 17-0 in dual matches heading into the tournament.
Both Co-Lin and MCC will go to the NJCAA national tournament at College Station, Texas, on May 2.
Co-Lin entered Sunday's play with a 27-22 lead over MCC and outscored the Lady Eagles 6-3 in the championship matches. Co-Lin placed in all nine finals matches, while MCC was only in six.
In No. 1 singles, MCC's Charlotte Heidelberg defeated Co-Lin's Lindsey Phillips 6-4, 6-3.
In No. 2 singles, MCC's Megan Chivas bested Co-Lin's Hollie Adams 6-2, 6-1. In No. 3 singles, Co-Lin's Bethany Barr beat Pearl River's Leslie Miller 6-3, 6-1.
In No. 4 singles, Co-Lin's Jessica Phillips defeated MCC's Anna Bailey 6-1, 6-2. In No. 5 singles, Co-Lin's Kim McBride beat Itawamba's Nikki Crane 6-2, 6-3.
In No. 6 singles, Co-Lin's Ashley Matthews defeated MCC's Jill Hathorn 6-1, 6-0.
Co-Lin also won two of the three doubles championships.
MCC's Heidelberg and Chivas beat Co-Lin's Phillips and Adams in the No. 1 doubles 7-6, 7-6.
In No. 2 doubles, Co-Lin's Phillips and Barr beat MCC's Bailey and Amanda Carden 6-4, 6-4.
In No. 3 doubles, Co-Lin's McBride and Matthews defeated Itawamba's Nikki Crane and Kristen Cother 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.