PERKINSTON — No. 16 Mississippi Gulf Coast closed out an impressive MACJC regular season, with the Lady Bulldogs defeating No. 25 Copiah-Lincoln 8-1.
"Today was big because we wanted to send a message to the rest of the teams that we've improved a lot," said Gulf Coast coach Gary Bourgeois.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 13-2, 9-1.
Jillianne Craft (So, Gulfport/St. Patrick) and Jenna Lyons (So, Pascagoula/Pascagoula) won two matches each in their final competition at the MGCCC Tennis Complex. Bianca Buie (So, Baia Mare, Romania/Gheorghe Sincai National High School) won her singles match.
"We tweaked the women's lineup six or seven matches ago, and it's really made a big difference in the middle of the lineup," Bourgeois said. "It's really been paying off."
Gulf Coast plays its final regular-season match Thursday at Coastal Alabama-South. First serve in Bay Minette is at 1 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs play in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament in Meridian next week. The three-day event starts April 19.
Team: MGCCC 8, Copiah-Lincoln 1
No. 1: Buie (GC) def. Daza 6-4, 4-6, 5-2 (ret.)
No. 2: Lopareva (GC) def. Manicea 6-2, 6-3
No. 3: Holmes (GC) def. Katy Clark 7-5, 6-3
No. 4: Bankston (GC) def. Kara Clark 6-3, 6-1
No. 5: Lyons (GC) def. Locke 6-2, 6-0
No. 6: Craft (GC) def. Madison Franklin 6-0, 6-0
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