TAMPA — In each of the past two years, Hillsborough Community College has finished second in the National Junior College Athletic Association women's tennis tournament, and entering Thursday's final day of competition in Tucson, Ariz., HCC coach Chad Berryhill feared his team would end up runnerup yet again.
HCC had lost six of eight individual matches Wednesday, falling a point behind top-ranked Tyler (Texas) JC with one singles and one doubles match left.
But HCC rallied, getting a straight-sets win against Tyler from No. 4 singles player Eva Samdrano, a sophomore from Wharton who is the only returning player from last year's team. That tied HCC with Tyler, putting the championship on the line for the No. 3 doubles team of Samdrano and freshman Katherine Laine of Friendswood, Texas. HCC's duo pulled out a 6-4, 6-1 victory, edging Tyler by one point to give HCC its first tennis national title.
"They're not as talented as last year's teams, but they showed they have a lot of heart," said Berryhill, who has two second-place finishes and a championship in three seasons at HCC. "They never let down the whole time."
Basketball: Huggins trips, hits head
West Virginia officials said coach Bob Huggins was taken to a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., for precautionary reasons after tripping over a cone on an airport tarmac and hitting his head.
DUQUESNE: Center Shawn James, one of five players shot on campus in 2006, signed with an agent and will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft.
LSU: Coach Trent Johnson said he was caught off guard when he learned prized recruit J'Mison Morgan wanted to be released from his commitment and attempt to play for UCLA.
TENNESSEE: Junior college point guard Bobby Maze signed a letter of intent, filling a position of need. Maze transferred from Oklahoma last year to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, where he averaged 20.7 points and 6.7 assists.
FSU STRIKEOUT MARK: Tiffany McDonald set the Seminoles' all-time strikeout record and Brittany Osmon hit a grand slam in the ninth as FSU beat Boston College 5-1 to open the ACC championships in College Park, Md. McDonald has 911 strikeouts, surpassing Jessica van der Linden's 899. FSU plays Virginia Tech at 12:30 today.
UF EDGES OLE MISS: Francesca Enea homered in the sixth and the Gators beat Mississippi 1-0 to open the SEC tournament in Baton Rouge, La. Florida faces Tennessee at 6 tonight.
USF STOPS PROVIDENCE: The Bulls beat Providence 8-6 to open the Big East championships in Louisville, Ky. USF plays the winner of the late Notre Dame-Louisville game at 5 today.
Florida is second, five behind Duke's 3-under 285, after the first day of the NCAA Region in Athens, Ga. UF's Hannah Yun, a 16-year-old from Bradenton, shot 1-over 73 and is tied for 17th, six behind leader Sara Maude-Juneau of Louisville.
IRISH IN ARLINGTON: Notre Dame and Arizona State will play in the new $1-billion Arlington home of the Cowboys on Oct. 5, 2013.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.