PERKINSTON – Mississippi Gulf Coast remains in second place at the men's bracket of the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament, being played at the MGCCC Tennis Complex.
The Bulldogs, who moved up to 16th in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Junior/Community College National Rankings on Friday, are five points behind Meridian. They have four spots booked in the finals, which means they can't catch Meridian.
The men's finals start Saturday at 9 a.m.
Sam Blackburn, who is ranked 47th in the latest singles rankings, lost a tight No. 2 singles match to Meridian's Breno Goncalves 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
Bowen lost Friday in No. 4 singles, as did Diep in No. 5 singles. Blackburn and Bryan Allen fell in No. 1 singles.
Skyler Flowers, who lost in the quarterfinals, is now ranked No. 30 in the national singles rankings.
Gulf Coast results
No. 2 singles: Breno Goncalves (MCC) def. Sam Blackburn (MGCCC), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
No. 3 singles: Noah Tippen (MGCCC) def. Chase Pennington (JCJC), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
No. 4 singles: Taylor Tamburg (JCJC) def. Brett Bowen (MGCCC), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 singles: Drake Nelson (Co-Lin) def. Chris Diep (MGCCC), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 singles: Brennan O'Keefe (MGCCC) def. Josh Hester (JCJC), 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 doubles: Taqel Lewis/Diego Leal (JCJC) def. Bryan Allen/Sam Blackburn (MGCCC), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 doubles: Noah Tippen/Brennan O'Keefe (MGCCC) def. Zak Harbin/Dalton Young (NWCC), 7-6, 6-3
No. 3 doubles: Brett Bowen/Chris Diep (MGCCC) def. Cole Duty/Alex Chapman (ECCC), 6-4, 6-3