Not only did Tyler Junior College celebrate a three-peat on Wednesday, it was also sweet 16.
It was also the 16th women's national tennis title and 30th overall tennis crown. It is also TJC's 46th national championship in all sports.
After five wins at singles on Wednesday, the Apache Ladies needed just one more victory and another championship trophy would be added to the Champions Room at the Medlock Center.
After the fourth day, TJC has 44 points in the flighted tournament. State College of Florida, based in Bradenton, Fla., is second at 37, but the Manatees can achieve only six additional points today. Two years ago in Tucson, Ariz., the Apache Ladies clinched a day before the national tournament concluded.
The Apache Ladies started the day with 36 points with State College of Florida at 30.5 and Broward at 30.
SMOKE SIGNALS: The Murphy Tennis Center is located at 1030 S. Palmer Avenue on the TJC campus. … The men's tournament is May 14-18 at Collin College in Plano. … The tournament draws can be found on apacheathletics.com. … A total of 29 teams are competing with the schools from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Georgia, New York, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Arizona and South Carolina attending. … The 2013 women's tournament is scheduled for Tucson, Ariz., with the event returning to Tyler in 2014.
NJCAA Women's National
JoAnn Medlock Murphy Tennis Center and Louise Brookshire Community Tennis Center
Tyler Junior College
Semifinals - Diana Davitaia (1), Cowley County (Kan.) d. Kristina Kinarkina, Collin College, 6-2, 7-5; Kerrie Cartwright (2), Tyler, d. Greta Veinberga (3), St. Petersburg (Fla.), 6-4, 6-4.
Championship - Davitaia vs. Cartwright, 8:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Mariana Palacious (1), State College of Florida, d. Stephanie Cardullo (7), Broward (Fla.), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4; Audrey Leitz (5), Tyler, d. Maja Sasa, Eastern Arizona, 6-2, 6-1.
Championship - Palacious vs. Leitz, 8:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Nelo Phiri (1), Tyler, d. Ana Liera (5), Broward (Fla.), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; Lai Wei (2), State College of Florida, d. Idia Amen (7), Georgia Perimeter, 6-4, 6-1.
Championship - Phiri vs. Wei, 8:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Alejandra Enderica (1), Tyler, d. Ali Underhill, Broward (Fla.), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2; Ann Porry (3), State College of Florida, d. Kristin Richardson (2), Cowley County (Kan.), 6-3, 6-2.
Championship - Enderica vs. Porry, 8:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Ariana Saldana (1), Tyler, d. Mariah Vargas (3), Cowley County (Kan.), 6-0, 6-0; Ketevan Okruashvilli (4). ASA (N.Y.), d. Abby Martinez (2), State College of Florida, 6-2, 6-2.
Championship - Saldana vs. Okruashvilli, 8:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Mary Alice Blacketer (1), Tyler, d. Lacey Lapp (3), State College of Florida, 6-1, 6-1; Ievgeniia Kostenko (6), ASA (N.Y.), d. Regan Perme (4), Collin County, 6-2, 6-2.
Championship - Blacketer vs. Kostenko, 8:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Kerrie Cartwright-Audrey Leitz (1), Tyler, d. Kristina Kinarkina-Zinnia Leamana (6), Collin County, 6-2, 6-4; Mariana Palacios-Laurence Porry (5), State College of Florida d. Zsofia Biro-Diana Davitaia (2), Cowley County (Kan.), 6-3, 6-4.
Championship - Cartwright-Leitz vs. Palacios-Porry, 11:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Ann Porry-Lai Wei (3), State College of Florida, d. Mary Alice Blacketer-Ariana Saldana (1), Tyler, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3; Stephanie Cardullo-Ali Underhill (4), Broward (Fla.) d. Lexie Maytubby-Mariah Vargas (2), Cowley County (Kan.), 6-2, 7-5.
Championship - Porry-Wei vs. Cardullo-Underhill, 11:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Alejandra Enderica-Nelo Phiri (1), Tyler, d. Amanda Angulo-Paula Garcia (6), Broward (Fla.), 6-2, 6-2; Ievgeniia Kostenko-Tetiana Kovalska, ASA (N.Y.), d. Sandra Pickerill-Kelsey Reblin (3), Collin County, 6-3, 6-1.