Minor still alive in tennis nationals

NMMI Sports Press

BrWTennNavBarGraphic2NBGTYLER, Texas — Thea Minor is the only Lady Bronco still playing in the NJCAA national tournament, but despite a tough day for the others and a 13th place team finish, coach Dan O’Connell is pleased with how everyone played.

“It’s just a little bit disappointing that Lorraine (Banimataku) had such a terrible draw,” he said. “We could have moved up and maybe finished 10th or 11th, but overall we did very, very well.”

No. 3 Francisca Nyarko, No. 4 Lorish Puluspene and the No. 1 doubles team of Banimataku and Minor both fell to highly-seeded players in the championship bracket Tuesday, but Minor — on the consolation side — got two wins, putting her in the championship game on the back side.

“She’s done very well,” O’Connell said.

Minor defeated Amelie Saint-Dizier from Eastern Arizona in the quarterfinals, then topped Paige Gibson from Meridian to move her into the title match. She’ll play Alexandria Gilbert from Collin College at 8:30 a.m. in her quest for a little piece of hardware.

“She’s done very well, and we’re proud of all the girls,” O’Connell said.

Team results — 1 (tie), ASA College, Miami (8), 36.0; Tyler JC (14), 36.0; 3, Mesa CC (1), 31.0; 4, Seminole State College OK (2), 29.5; 5 (tie), Cowley CC College (6), 26.0; Seward County CC (6), 26.0; 7, State College of Florida (8), 25.5; 8, St. Petersburg College (8), 25.0; 9, North Central Texas College (5), 18.5; 10, Laredo CC (14), 16.5; 11, Collin College (5), 15.5; 12, ABAC (17), 15.0; 13 (tie), New Mexico Military Inst. (5), 14.5; Snead State CC (22), 14.5; 15, Pima CC (1), 12.5; 16, Barton CC (6), 11.5; 17 (tie), Jones County JC (23), 9.0; Meridian CC (23), 9.0; 19, Hinds CC (23), 6.0; 20, Lewis and Clark CC (24), 5.5; 21, Harford CC (20), 3.0; 22, Jacksonville College (14), 2.0; 23 (tie), College of DuPage (4), 1.0; Eastern Arizona College (1), 1.0

NMMI individuals
Singles

Flight 1— consolation
Thea Minor def. Amelie Saint-Dizier, EAC, 8-4
Thea Minor def. Paige Gibson, Meridian, 8-2

Flight 3
(4) Viktoria Seifert, Seminole, def. Francisca Nyarko, 6-1, 6-2
Flight 4
(2) Celine Massereau, Seminole, def. Lorish Puluspene, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles
Flight 1

(2) Bianco/Olivares, ASA, def. Banimataku/Minor, 6-2, 6-2

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