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Simba FrenchSend an emailSeptember 20, 2022 150 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 Sydney Clarke.

Bahamian collegiate tennis players Sydney Clarke, Jacobi Bain and Abigail Simms saw some Fall action over the weekend as they look to see where they are in these early matches.

Jacobi Bain and doubles partner VanDer Woody came away as champions in the men’s A doubles at the HBCU National Championships at the South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Georgia on Saturday. Bain repeated as champion.

The Xavier University of Louisiana Gold partners took care of Alabama State University’s Ruan Du Preez and Samrakshyak Bajracharya. They won 6-3. The duo comfortably won the quarter finals and semi finals.

The sophomore played in the men’s singles A draw. He received a bye in the first round. He then played against the eventual champion, Jonasz Dziopak in the quarterfinal. However, Bain fell 3-6 and 0-6.

Bain and his team were tied for third with 17 points as nine teams participated.

Clarke and her University of Alabama Blazers were in action at the Austin Peay University Fall Tournament at the Governors Tennis Courts in Clarksville, 

Tennessee. The matches were played on September 16-18.

The junior was able to play in eight matches including both singles and doubles. She was not so fortunate in the singles as she lost all but one of her four matches. In the doubles, she won all four of those matches.

In her first match against Emma Honore, Clarke fell in two sets – 1-6 and 4-6. Clarke was able to win a set against Melody Hefti but fell 6-1, 0-6 and 7-10. She then fell 3-6 and 2-6 to Coc Bosman. She won the final match with a score of 6-0 and 6-2 over Maria Arbelaz.

Clarke played with four different doubles partners, and they were able to be victorious. She first paired up with Adela Wasserbaureova. The duo took on Paola Campigotto and Emma Honore and won 6-4. Clarke played with Mackenzie White, and they won 6-4 over Denise Torrealba and Lucy Lascheck. Her third double matches saw her pairing up with Annalisa Smith as they took down Bosman and Callie Billman 6-2. Her final doubles match saw her and Alexandria da Silva taking care of Elina Sungatullina and Juanita Mendez 6-1.

Simms and her Indiana Tech Warriors were in action against the number five Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats at the IWU Fall Classic. They were shut out 6-0. In the doubles action, Simms and doubles partner  Echavarria fell 2-6 to France Antezana and Sofia Loren Munoz.

Simms’ number two singles match against Munoz did not finish as the Wildcats wrapped up that dual.

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