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SCF women's tennis team to chase five NJCAA titles Thursday

TYLER, Texas -- The State College of Florida women's tennis team likely won't win the team championship at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, but three SCF singles players and two doubles teams will play for national crowns today.

The Manatees, in just their second year of playing tennis, appear destined to finish second out of 29 teams. They have scored 37 points to host Tyler Junior College's 44 heading into the final day of action today. Third-place ASA College has 32 points.

Tyler boasts players competing for championships in eight of the nine singles and doubles title matches today. SCF has five flights covered.

Lai Wei and Ann-Sophie Porry will play in singles matches and combine for a doubles match.

Wei def. Idia Amen of Georgia Perimeter 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles semifinal, and Porry downed Kristin Richardson of Cowley 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. The duo won a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 decision over Mary Alice Blacketer and Ariana Saldana of Tyler at No. 2 doubles, depriving the hosts of getting finalists in all nine flights.

At No. 2 singles, SCF's Mariana Palacios, the top seed, defeated Stephanie Cardullo of Broward Community College 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4 in the semifinals. She will team up win the Manatee's top singles player, Laurence Porry, in the No. 1 doubles final. They earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Zsofia Biro and Diana Davitaia of Cowley.