MOBILE, AL - Four Seminole State College tennis players competed in the Small College National Championships in Mobile, Alabama over the weekend. Chloe Murphy competed in the women's singles as well as doubles with Taylor Spradlin. Admire Mushonga competed in the men's singles as well as doubles with Oliver Andersen.
With entries in all four divisions, SSC had a great chance at bringing home a National Champion, though it did not happen. Admire Mushonga and Oliver Andersen came close, but lost in the men's doubles National Championship match on Saturday. The pair got a first round win on Thursday over a team from Georgia Perimeter; then a semi-final win on Friday over a team from Los Angeles, California, Pierce College.
Mushonga and Andersen met a familiar foe from Collin County Texas in the final who the Trojan men had beaten a couple weeks earlier in the OKC Collegiate Open. But, Rowe & Tymkiw from Collin would get revenge this time taking the Championship 6-3 and 6-3.
Mushonga began the tournament as the number three seed but didn't fare quite as well in the singles action. He fell in the first round quarterfinal action to Georgia Perimeter's Ismail Lemtouni in a tough three set match. Admire then lost his first consolation match to LA Pierce's Cardenas in another tough three set match. Mushonga fought hard in the 7th place match, and won easily over his opponent from Itawamba Community College of Iowa in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-3.
On the women's side, Chloe Murphy finished strong in the 3rd place match winning 6-0 and 6-4 over her opponent from Georgia Perimeter College. Murphy had won her first round match over Cowley County's Davaitia, but then had lost to the eventual Singles Champion, Kerrie Cartwright from Tyler in the semifinals. Only a freshman, Murphy is showing everyone around the NJCAA that she will be one tough opponent to beat. She has only lost one match this semester, finishing the fall season with a record of twelve wins and one loss.
In women's doubles action, the duo of Chloe Murphy and Taylor Spradlin also earned a strong 3rd place showing. The Trojan's took on the number two seed from St. Petersburg College of Florida in the first round. The seed did not scare Murphy and Spradlin as they demolished their opponent 6-1 and 6-2. The semifinal matchup would be a tough one, as the ladies had to take on Tyler Jr. College's Cartwright and Leitz, who ended up not only winning the Junior College women's doubles, but also the Super Bowl Doubles title. Murphy and Spradlin fought hard, but was no match for TJC as they lost 6-1 and 6-1.
The third place match looked to be a runaway for SSC as the ladies took a commanding first set, 6-2, but Georgia Perimeter would fight back and win the second set by the same score 6-2. The final set would commence as a super tie breaker, where Murphy and Spradlin won by a score of 10-7 giving them the third place title.The action in Mobile will complete the fall schedule for the Seminole State men's and women's tennis teams. Although there were no National Champions this fall, both teams had a strong showing individually and will look to continue that success in the spring. Be sure to follow Trojan tennis and all of our other sports at www.sscathletics.com.