From School Reports
In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Oracle
College Fall Rankings, Meridian Community College is excited to announce that
Jason Pimenta, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, is ranked number nine in
the polls released November 18, 2015. Jason has had a fantastic fall
season going undefeated in Region XXIII and Southern JUCO ITA Regional
play. Jason qualified for the National Small College Championships that
were held in Sumter, South Carolina, at Palmetto Tennis Center in October.
Jason played Hironi Koyangi, a sophomore, from Ventura College his first
After losing a set 6-2, he settled down and won the second
set 6-2 before succumbing to an injury in the third set tied at 3-3 with Jason
serving to go up 4-3. Hironi won the match in the third with a 6-3 score.
Hironi came in as the number one seed in the tournament in 2014 and eventually
finished in 5th place. Jason could never completely
recover during the rest of the tournament but refused to default his
matches. He lost to Ryan Brough from TJC 7-5, 6-0 and to Ismael Mzai from
Seminole State 6-4, 6-2.
Pimenta brings so much to Meridian; he is an outstanding
student, a team leader,and a tremendous athlete with a great attitude.
Sam Butler, a sophomore, comes in ranked 38th. Only fifty
players are ranked nationally in singles. In doubles, Pimenta/Butler
finish the fall ranked number sixteen. The ITA/Oracle rankings only rank
twenty-five doubles teams. Pimenta/Butler drew an at-large
opportunity to participate in doubles at the National Small College
Championships in Sumter. Pimenta’s number nine ranking in singles and the
number sixteen in doubles are the highest rankings received in the fall by
Meridian Community College men’s tennis players. The men’s team is ranked
number eighteen without the help of incoming freshman, Breno Goncalves from
Portugual, who will join the team in January. Along with these players, Coach
Wanda McPhail will count on sophomores Walt Harrington, Reed Kasper, and Sean
Grice and freshman, Noah James, Will Irvin, Alex Vaughn, John Taylor Champion,
Nathan Hollis and Joshua Redmond.
Meridian Community College women are ranked fifteenth behind
stellar play of four incoming freshmen and a solid group of returnees from
2014-2015. Only twenty-five teams are ranked on both the men’s and
women’s side. At the Southern JUCO regional, Meridian’s women
placed five ladies in the quarterfinals and three in the semifinals.
Paige Gibson is the only nationally- ranked player on the women’s side for the
fall season. She is ranked in the top fifty at number forty-three.
Meridian’s ladies have had a great fall season behind the play of sophomores
Gibson, Jami Daugherty, Alden Hartley, and Brittany Allen as well as
outstanding play from a strong group of freshman ladies: Taylor Miller,
Kyra Holway, Hayden Hill, and Shelby Zachry.
These ladies will be joined in the spring by soccer player,
Jordyn Hull. Meridian’s tennis teams are now concentrating on academics
and taking a chance to do a good deal of community service. Meridian
returns to the courts January 30 with an exhibition match and Parent’s
Day. To see results and or Region rankings visit the ITA website at
and click on the menu
bar at the top Awards and Rankings and click on rankings in the drop down
menu. Meridian placed other players in the Region III rankings.
Region III encompasses seven states.