Mon, May. 14, 2012 - [Tennis M&W]
Mobile, AL---The Emmanuel College Lions Tennis Team showed themselves to be real contenders in the face of adversity this past week at the NCCAA National Tennis Tournament in Mobile, AL.
The Lions suffered a setback when no. 4 Joaquin Marshall was injured in a pre-tournament practice. He was struck in the knee with a racquet and sustained a deep bone bruise which made it impossible for him to run. However, he was determined to play, and even won several games although he had to stand in one place. Had it not been for Marshall's injury, Coach Goodwin is confident they could have won their opening match against Indiana Wesleyan University. The Lions split their other two matches, losing to finalist Campbellsville University, and then winning a tough match against Judson University.
The Lions and Lady Lions saw three players named to All-American status at the NCCAA National Tennis Tournament. Both Lions number one Ty Smith and the Lady Lions number one Christianne Tetley were named to their respective First Teams, and Lions number two Pasha Zinchenko was named to the second team.
The NCCAA tennis ranks are becoming very deep with a large number of quality players, so this is a significant accomplishment. All three players showed really strong play at the tournament, which confirms their All-American status. In particular, Ty Smith won both his matches that were taken to completion, and was up in a third match which was called when a decision was reached. That match was against Campbellsville University (KY), which had recently defeated NCAA Division I Western Kentucky. Pasha Zinchenko won the deciding match against Judson University (IL) in a close-fought battle, and Christianne Tetley remained determined and strong in defeating the number one player from Bethel College (PA) in a third-set tie breaker. Congratulations, Lions!