All six Tyler Junior College singles entries breezed to wins as all the top seeds hit the courts during the second day of the NJCAA Women’s National Tennis Tournament.
After the final point on Monday, ASA (N.Y.) College leads with 24 points, followed by Broward (Fla.) (23), Temple (Texas) (22), State College of Florida (20), Collin (Texas) College (19.5), St. Petersburg (Fla.) (19, Tyler (18) and New Mexico Military (18).
Action continues today at 8 a.m. with the top seeds in each singles flight in action. The top doubles teams will also get into some action for the first time in the afternoon, including three TJC No. 1 seed teams of Kerrie Cartwright-Audrey Leitz (1 p.m. in Flight 1), Mary Alice Blacketer-Ariana Saldana (2:45 p.m. in Flight 2) and Alejandra Enderica-Nelo Phiri (2:15 p.m. in Flight 3).
All matches are being played at the JoAnn Medlock Murphy Tennis Center and the Louise Brookshire Family Tennis Center on the campus of TJC. Admission is free to the tournament.
In Flight 1 singles, Diana Davitaia, the No. 1 player in the country who plays for Cowley County (Kan.) actually had a three-setter on Tuesday, pulling out a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 win over Salma Dahbi of Georgia Perimeter. Davitaia will now play Dominique Bruce of Temple at 8:30 a.m. today in the quarterfinals.
In the lower half of the draw, No. 2 seed Cartwright scored a 6-3, 6-0 win over Justyna Wojcik of Broward. She will now play No. 5 seed Laurence Porry of State College of Florida at 8:30 a.m.
Also, No. 3 seed Greta Veinberga of St. Petersburg meets No. 7 seed Tetiana Kovalska of ASA, while No. 4 Chloe Murphy of Seminole State (Okla.) plays Kristina Kinarkina of Collin.
In Flight 2, TJC’s Leitz won her second match of the tourney, 6-1, 6-1 over Lauren Renner of Temple. The No. 5 seed Lietz will now face No. 4 seed Gita Niznik of ASA, a key match in the points race, at 8:30 a.m. The top seed is Mariana Palacious of State College of Florida.
TJC is the top seed in Flights 3 (Phiri), 4 (Enderica), 5 (Saldana) and 6 (Blacketer).
Each scored easy wins on Monday – Phiri 6-4, 6-2 over Hannah Watson of Temple; Enderica 6-0, 6-0 over Elizabeth Chapman of Kaskaskia (Ill.); Saldana 6-0, 6-0 over Olivia Cole-Encinas of Pima (Ariz.); and Blacketer 6-1, 6-0 over Aja White of Jones County (Miss.).
A total of 29 teams are competing with the schools from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Georgia, New York, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Arizona and South Carolina attending.
It is a flighted tournament with a consolation draw (first match losers) in all divisions. The scoring in the main draw includes: the first round will be worth two points; a “bye” followed by a win is worth three points. Each additional win will be worth one point in the main draw. In the consolation draw, a win following a bye will be worth one point and a half point will be awarded thereafter.
The tournament continues through Thursday’s championship matches.
SMOKE SIGNALS: The Murphy Tennis Center is located at 1030 S. Palmer Avenue on the TJC campus. The Brookshire courts are adjacent to the Murphy Center. … The men’s tournament is May 14-18 at Collin College in Plano. … The tournament draws can be found on apacheathetics.com. … For the draws and results, check out apacheathletics.com.