February 17, 2017
WESSON – The No. 17 ranked Copiah-Lincoln Wolves lost a heartbreaking match against No. 22 East Central Wednesday after splitting singles play and losing two of three doubles courts. ECCC won the match 5-4.
“It was a tough loss for the men,” said head coach Blake Smith. “Sometimes a 5-4 loss early in the season can help teams close out big matches later on so we have to take this as a learning experience for later in the season.”
Sebastian Osorio and Juan Pablo Pinilla teamed up at No. 1 doubles and routed Tom Langelear and Joseph Jabour 8-3. Tripp Case and Cory Alderman played No. 2 doubles for the Wolves and fell to Will Stewart and John Jimenez 8-6 in a hard fought match. At No. 3 doubles, Sebastian Harrell and Hayes Thompson paired up for the Wolves and were defeated by Brandon Rogers and Will Wooten of East Central 8-5.
In singles action, Osorio cruised passed Langelear at No. 1 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Pinilla played No. 2 for the Wolves and lost a difficult match in a tiebreaker to Jimenez, 7-6, 4-6, (10-3). Thompson defeated Jabour at No. 3 6-4, 6-4, while Case suffered a loss at the No. 4 spot to EC’s Stewart by a final of 6-4, 6-4. Alderman picked up a win at No. 5 for the Wolves with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rogers, and Harrell rounded out singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Graham Murphee of East Central.
“East Central is much improved from last season,” said Smith. “Osorio played a solid match at No. 1 singles and he and Juan Pabolo [Pinilla] are going to be a very difficult pair to beat in doubles this season…I was also extremely proud of how Hayes Thompson has played. He has come up big for us in back to back matches.”