For the second straight year, the Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies finished second in the NJCAA Women's Division I Tennis Tournament.

ASA of New York won the tourney with 54 points, followed by TJC with 42.

The Apache Ladies lost by a point last year, but the Avengers from Brooklyn swept the six singles and three doubles championships Thursday at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona.

TJC finished second in five singles matches and one doubles.

State College of Florida placed third with 35 points, followed by Broward (Florida) and Florida State College-Jacksonville with 28 points apiece. Jacksonville College of Texas placed 23rd with 7 points.

The championship singles results include:

Flight 1 — ASA's No. 1 seed Macarena Olivares, a freshman from Santiago, Chile, over TJC's No. 2 seed Joanna Nena-Savva, a sophomore from Nicosia, Cypress, 6-2, 6-1.

Flight 2 — ASA's No. 1 Megane Bianco, a freshman from Neuchatel, Switzerland, over TJC's No. 3 seed Elizabeth Bagerbaseh, a freshman from London, England, 6-2, 6-2.

Flight 3 — ASA's No. 1 seed Tyler Smith, a freshman from Bermuda, over TJC's No. 3 Katie Delgado, a sophomore from Universal City near San Antonio, 6-1, 6-2.

Flight 4 — ASA's No. 1 Mingxiu Du, a freshman from Liaong, China, over TJC's No. 2 Paige Murdock, a sophomore from Boerne, 6-0, 6-2.

Flight 5 — ASA's No. 1 seed Simone Pratt, a freshman from Brooklyn, over TJC's No. 3 seed Adriana Garrett, a sophomore from Tomball, 6-0, 6-1.

Flight 6 — ASA's No. 1 seed Siuzanna Grigorian, a freshman form Russia, over No. 2 Casey O'Toole, of State College of Florida, 6-0, 6-2.

The championship doubles results include:

Flight 1 — ASA's No. 1 seeds Bianco-Olivares over No. 2 seeds Maria Paulo Coyos and Paula Lopez of Seward County (Kansas), 6-0, 6-0.

Flight 2 — ASA's No. 1 seeds Du-Smith over No. 3 seeds State College of Florida's No. 3 seeds Amiena Houston and Natella Nabieva, 6-2, 6-1.

Flight 3 — ASA's No. 1 seeds Grigorian-Daniela Vanko (sophomore from Toronto) over TJC's No. 2 seeds Autria Compton (freshman from Kilgore)-Garrett, 6-2, 6-1.

The Apache Ladies have finished second for the second consecutive year after winning four straight championships. The 2016 women's tournament will be played in Tyler.

The NJCAA Men's Tennis Tournament begins Sunday in Plano.























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