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May 19, 2014

Stallions have big performances at NJCAA championships

TIFTON —  It was a good weekend for Dale White and his ABAC Stallions tennis  team at the NJCAA national championships at Collin College (Texas). Joshua Page won the national singles championship in his flight and the team placed an overall 5th, amid several big performances, according to results posted by the host school.

Page had a bye in the first round, then defeated Vinicius Ono in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. Having only dropped one game to Ono, he found the next matchup with Warren Kuhn more difficult. It took him three sets to win — 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. In the finals, he defeated Harry Busby, 6-4, 7-6, the latter set being a tiebreaker.

In Flight 2, Jonah Jakubec was defeated in the first round by Kevin Kochersperger. Forced to the consolation bracket, he dominated competition, defeating Milos Vukicevic, Timothy Carter and Richard Foitik to win the bracket.

Parker Cuevas-Woodall was the Stallion's player in Flight 3. He beat Lotfi El Jai in straight sets to win his first match, then did the same to Jeret Johnson before losing to Hector Ramirez in the quarterfinals.

Corey Smith won his first match in Flight 4, but was defeated by top seed Ryan Hudleston in the second round.

In Flight 5, Nate Palmer took a first round by, then breezed past Eman Esfandi in the second round. Palmer had another straight set win over Ryan Hoverson before dropping to Trey Seymour in the semis.

Michael Bailey also went deep into the bracket in Flight 6. He had a first round bye, defeated Brandon Wolf, 6-0, 6-1, Andy Nguyen 6-4, 6-1, but could not get past Shaquille Taylor in the semifinals.

In doubles, the pairing of Page and Smith made it all the way to the quarterfinals before they were dispatched by Ramirez and Jose de Sario. Cuevas-Woodall and Palmer won in the first round, but fell in the second. In Flight 3, Bailey and Jakubec advanced to the semifinals as well, but were knocked out by eventual champs Taylor and Christian Waldron.

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John Gamble (right) is joined by John Reid at the Tiftarea YMCA Saturday.

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