After finishing second in 2014, the Tyler Junior Apaches tennis team is seeking a return to the top spot at the NJCAA Men's Division I National Tennis Tournament at Collin County Community College in Plano.
The Apaches begin play on Tuesday as all six singles players and three doubles teams are seeded and received a bye during Monday's opening rounds.
TJC coach Dash Connell's Apaches are ranked No. 2 in the nation behind No. 1 ASA of New York.
Members of the Apache squad are Sindre Hellesmark (freshman, Houston), Johan Candelario (freshman, San Antonio), Ciro Lampasas (freshman, Houston), Mohamed Ben-Ali (freshman, Houston), (second row) Logan Powell (freshman, Amarillo), Christian Zanca (sophomore, Harlingen), Zach Northey (freshman, Lincoln, Nebraska), John King (sophomore, San Antonio), Kyle Logue (sophomore, Melbourne, Florida), Vaughn Hunter (sophomore, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Matthew Rossouw (freshman, Pretoria, South Africa).
The lineup in singles for TJC are Flight 1 — No. 4 seed Hunter; Flight 2 — No. 5 Lampasas; Flight 3 — No. 5 Candelario; Flight 4 — No. 2 Northey; Flight 5 — No. 6 King; and Flight 6 — No. 1 Powell.
The doubles teams include: No. 5 seeds Northey-Powell (Flight 1); No. 3 seeds King-Lampasas (Flight 2); and No. 1 seeds Candelario-Hunter (Flight 3).
In results on Monday, Jacksonville College's Anru Fourie scored a 6-3, 6-0 win over Parker Featherston of Elgin (Illinois) in Flight 1.
The Jaguars' Miles Munro fell to Matthew Deferme of Glendale (Arizona), 6-0, 6-1 in Flight 2, while Joey Quandt lost to James Foster of Oakton (Illinois), 6-1, 6-4 in Flight 3.
In Flight 4, JC's Jimmy McCormick downed Ryan Gradishar of Oakdale, 6-3, 6-2 and Brandon Bass lost a three-setter (6-1, 2-6, 6-3) to Dylan Kelling of Elgin in Flight 5 and Nathan Behrens lost to D'angelo Vaxter of Mississippi Gulf Coast 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in Flight 6.