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Juco tennis | SCF women earn four national titles, finish second in NJCAA team tournament

The State College of Florida women's tennis players collected four national titles, more than any other school, and placed second in the team standings at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament that wrapped up Thursday in Tyler, Texas.

No. 2 singles player Mariana Palacios, No. 3 singles player Lai Wei, No. 4 singles player Anne-Sophie Porry and the No. 2 doubles team of Wei and Porry won their flights. Each earned NJCAA All-American honors.

The Manatees, in just the second year of women's tennis at SCF under head coach Betsy Nagelsen McCormack, finished second behind Tyler Junior College in the 29-team title chase. The Apaches scored 47 points to the Manatees' 42.

Palacios, the top seed in the No. 2 singles draw, came from behind to defeat fifth-seeded Audrey Leitz of Tyler 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0.

Wei, the second seed in No. 3 singles, also lost the first set before rallying for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over top-seeded Nelo Phiri of Tyler.

Porry, the third seed at No. 4 singles, won a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 decision over Tyler's Alejandra Enderica, the No. 1 seed.

Wei and Porry got revenge in the No. 2 doubles match. They defeated Stephanie Cardullo and Ali Underhill of Broward Community College 6-3, 7-6 in a rematch of a state championship match won by Cardullo and Underhill.

SCF dropped just one title match Thursday. Palacios and SCF's top player, Laurence Porry, fell 7-5, 6-2 to Tyler's Kerrie Cartwright and Leitz of Tyler at No. 1 doubles.

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