By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s men and women’s tennis teams are looking to build on the successes each found during the 2010-11 season during the upcoming year.
Northeast’s Tiger tennis team finished in the Top 30 in the country as ranked by the International Tennis Association (ITA) and return six sophomores for the 2011-12 season.
Northeast’s Lady Tiger tennis team returns four sophomores to an experienced squad that will look to make a name for itselfearly in the season.
Sophomores Preston Wade (Jacks Creek, Tenn.), Ben Nhek (Corinth), Brandon Gardner (Corinth), Taylor Dees (Booneville) Joshua Heylin (Booneville) and Duncan Schafer (Ripley) will look to lead an eight-Tiger squad that also includes Corinth freshmen Andrew Ferrell and Drew Gann when Northeast opens the season against Copiah-Lincoln Community College onFebruary 16.
Northeast’s Lady Tiger team will sport five sophomores in its six-person team with Marcey Ann Sykes (Iuka), Emily Burk (Holly Springs), Monica Pruitt (Corinth), Leigh Ann Mock (Belmont) and Amanda Rorie (Corinth) leading the way. Elizabeth Mitchell of Corinth is the lone freshman on the squad for the Lady Tigers.
Northeast will get a dose of Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) action early in the year as the Tigers and Lady Tigers make a trek through south Mississippi to open the season.
Action starts at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson on February 16 at 2 p.m. and the south Mississippi trek continues with stops in Jackson to play Hinds Community College on February 17 at 2 p.m. and in Goodman on February 18 for matches with Holmes Community College on February 18 at noon.
Northeast makes it home debut when the Tigers and Lady Tigers host East Central Community College on February 24 and first serve is et for 1 p.m. The Lady Tigers and Tigers continue their homestand a day later when Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College pays Booneville a visit on February 25 for a 10 a.m. match.
Following the Mississippi Gulf Coast encounter, Northeast is back on the road for almost a month before returning to the friendly confines of the Northeast tennis courts on March 23.
A date with perennial power Itawamba Community College awaits after matching up with Mississippi Gulf Coast on February 25. Northeast and Itawamba are set to square off in Fulton on February 28 at 2 p.m.
A double match in Meridian wraps up the Tiger and Lady Tiger matches before Spring Break with Northeast taking on both Meridian and East Central on March 5. Northeast and Meridian will tangle at 10 a.m. with the Tigers and Lady Tigers taking on East Central at 2 p.m. the same day.
After spring break, Northeast wraps up its season with four straight home dates before heading to the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges State Tennis Tournament in Tupelo on April 19-21.
Jones County Junior College visits on March 23 at 1 p.m. while Itawamba pays the City of Hospitality a visit on March 26 at 2 p.m.
A double match date with Holmes and Marion Military Institute wraps up the Tiger and Lady Tigers regular season on March 30 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively.