Four Indians advance to finals of NJCAA National Tennis Tournament

By Adam Gore/ICC Sports Information Department

Plano, Texas – Itawamba Community College’s Alex Thomas, Josh Fulgham, Wesley Raines, and Jeremy Falls all picked up wins on Wednesday to advance to the NJCAA Men’s National Tennis Tournament finals of the consolation brackets.

Thomas, a former Tupelo Golden Wave, eliminated Trent Jackson of Spartanburg Methodist 6-1; 6-0 and Moraine Valley’s Marco Reynoso 6-4; 6-0 to advance to the No. 3 singles consolation finals.

Fulgham, a former West Point HS standout, knocked off Donnail Myeles of Hinds Community College 6-2; 6-4 and Jared Williams of Waybonsee Community College 6-4; 6-3 to advance to the No. 4 singles consolation finals.

Raines, a South Pontotoc alum, defeated Ray Burns of Lewis and Clark Community College 6-2; 6-3 and topped Andrew Byson of Marion Military Institute 6-3; 7-5 to advance to the No. 5 singles consolation finals.

Falls, a native of Vicksburg, defeated Matthew Banks of Spartanburg Methodist 6-0; 6-2 and Joe Moffett of Lewis and Clark 6-3; 6-1 to advance to the No. 6 singles consolation finals.

In other National Tournament action:

No. 1 singles entrée Ethan Wilkinson was eliminated in the third round of the consolation bracket with a 6-1; 6-4 loss to Robert Martin of Seminole State Community College on Tuesday. Leo Prudencio, No. 2 singles, advanced to the Championship Round of 16 before being eliminated by Seminole State’s Martin Arguello 6-1; 6-1.

Wilkinson and Prudencio teamed up in No. 1 doubles action and dropped a 6-3; 7-5 decision to Arguello and Ryan Coffey on Monday. The duo rebounded to pick up 6-2; 7-5 wins over Troy Lanford and Austin McAllister of Spartanburg Methodist to advance to the seminfinals of the consolation bracket.

No. 2 doubles, Fulgham and Thomas advanced to the Championship Round of 16 before falling 6-2; 7-5 to William O’Connell and Leorenzo Pineda.

Raines and Tyler Walker, No. 3 doubles, dropped a 6-2; 6-2 decision to Daneric Hazelman and Justin Romero of New Mexico Military Institute, but bounced back with pair of wins to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.

The Indians wrapped up Day 2 of the National Tournament tied for 20th.