June 6, 2010
Congratulations to Olivia Howlett and Nachell Proctor for being named ITA All-Americans in both Singles and Doubles!Olivia Howlett is an ITA All-American in singles and doubles for the second consecutive year while Nachell Proctor is a two-time ITA All-American in singles. Go Hawks!
May 21, 2010
Congratulations to Olivia Howlett for being named Florida Community College Student-Athlete of the Year!
May 16, 2010
Read the latest article posted by LSU about Olivia Howlett: http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=204942002
May 7, 2010
Hawks wrap up the National Tournament in 3rd Place
The HCC Lady Hawks concluded their National Tournament run today in 3rd place behind National Champion Tyler Junior College and Lee College. However for the Hawks, it was more than just the scoreboard that was the talk of the National Tournament. Head Coach Chad Berryhill commented, "This was an unbelievable ride for us. This season had its ups and downs, but I am proud of these girls and what they have accomplished as a team. I think we displayed to everyone that we have a great group of girls that play for one another."
In the final day of the tournament, it was Olivia Howlett who captured the top prize by winning the Flight 1 singles National Championship over Nadia Lee of Lee College 7-6; 6-2. Olivia was also named the ITA Player of the Year this past week before the tournament started. "Many people did not give Olivia a chance to win," said Berryhill. "That is, everyone except our team." Howlett fought out a tough match where she was down a match point to Mariya Slupska of Tyler Junior College, but roared back to win the match in three sets and a shot at Nadia Lee in the finals. Howlett had beat Nadia Lee once before in the ITA Small College National Championship match where Howlett rolled 6-1; 6-2.
Also seeing success, but coming up just short was Nachell Proctor at Flight 2 singles. Nachell dropped the final to Sun Wen of Tyler Junior College 6-4; 6-4. "Many people think Sun is the best player in the tournament. Shelly played a complete match today and had her chances. Shelly proved that she is a tough player and it's too bad she couldn't fight out just a few more points."
The last match of the day was capped off by a Flight 2 consolation final victory by Bridgette Carrillo and Courtney Spafford over Mesa Community College 8-3.
Congratulations to the HCC Lady Hawks in all their tremendous accomplishments this season! Go Hawks!
May 3, 2010
Hawks Fair Well at Day 1 of the NJCAA National Tournament
In an unusual day in Tucson with 70 degree conditions and strong wind conditions, the Lady Hawks wrapped up their first day of competition at the National Tournament with 12 points.
The Hawks won 7 of 8 first round matches. "There is a lot of tough tennis still to be played," said Head Coach Chad Berryhill. "After Day 2 and Day 3 of the tournament, everything will really begin to take shape of where we stand." Olivia Howlett started things off with a 6-3; 6-1 win followed by Nachell Proctor's 6-0; 6-2 win at the # 2 position. Courtney Spafford kept things rolling for the Hawks with a 6-2; 6-2 win and Paige Palinkas scored a 6-1; 6-2 win. Rounding out the singles was Jibri Bailey who dusted off her opponent with a 6-0; 6-0 win. In doubles, the # 3 team of Bailey and Palinkas notched a 6-2; 6-1 win at flight 3. The lone loss of the day came when Courtney Spafford and Bridgette Carrillo dropped a 6-4; 7-5 match. "They just haven't played a lot together. They fought hard and had their chances. They brought it back from being down 5-1 in the second to 5-5, but couldn't hang on." Bridgette Carrillo and the duo of Howlett and Proctor received first round byes.
May 3, 2010
Congratulations to Olivia Howlett for being named the ITA National Player of the Year!!!
Olivia has signed a National Letter of Intent to play tennis for LSU next fall.
April 29, 2010
Team Travels to Tucson and the NJCAA National Tournament
The HCC Lady Hawks will travel to Tucson, Arizona on April 30 to compete at the Reffkin Tennis Center, site of the 2010 NJCAA National Tournament. Last year, the Hawks came back from the tournament one point short from capturing its second consecutive National title. Since 2006, the Hawks have finished as the National Runners-Up three times and as the National Champion in 2008. This time around, the Hawks will enter the tournament ranked as the # 2 team in the nation after defeating defending National Champion Lee College this year 8-1, but losing a hard fought match with Tyler Junior College 6-3. "We have a chance to do a lot of damage at this year's tournament," commented Head Coach Chad Berryhill. "We have always competed well at the tournament and the girl's have a lot of fun." The Hawks enter the tournament on a season that has led them to a 19-5 record and a FCCAA State Tournament Championship. The Hawks have one more goal on their mind and that is capturing the NJCAA National title. According to Berryhill, "We have a lot of experience going into the tournament. We have 2 players that were on the 2008 National Championship team, we have a player who won flight 2 singles and 1 doubles last year, and a player that was a semi-finalist at flight 3 singles. I think we will have a very good showing. Anything can happen when you have a group of girls that play for one another like this group does."
April 17, 2010
The Lady Hawks came into the FCCAA State Tournament this weekend with a lot on their mind, most of which did not involved playing tennis. The team dropped in rankings from # 1 to # 2 on Friday along with having 3 Lady Hawks no longer participating on the team. As a result, the team had to look for a replacement with only 5 players and one was found, Bridgette Carrillo. Bridgette played # 2 for the Hawks in 2008 when they won the NJCAA National Tournament and since then has not been playing tennis, but still attending HCC. Bridgette became the story of the tournament as the new Hawks "team" competed for the State title. They did not disappoint as the new look Hawks captured 17 points and its 4th State Championship in a row by edging out St. Pete College who had 15.5 points and Florida State College who finished with 14.5.
"It was a great feeling to capture the State Championship," commented Head Coach Chad Berryhill. "We have been through a lot of team drama the past 2 weeks, but we played and grew as a team this weekend. I am proud of these girls and the way they competed. We may not have had the best players, but we certainly had the right players. Our program matured and reached a whole new level of character this weekend."
Olivia Howlett captured the Flight 1 Singles final by defeating Madeline Johnson of St. Pete in the final 6-1; 6-0. Olivia was also named the FCCAA State Player of the Year. In Flight 2, Nachell Proctor defeated Jovanna Vasic of St. Pete in the finals 6-0; 6-3. The pair also paired up in doubles to defeat Johnson and Vasic 8-6 in the flight 1 doubles final. The story of the tournament however came when Bridgette Carrillo won the flight 4 final defeating Stephanie Dunseith of St. Pete 6-4; 6-2. "Bridgette hasn't really played in the last 2 years, but you couldn't tell that this weekend" commented Berryhill. "Her stamina is still not where it needs to be, but what can you expect...she has only practiced twice with us!" Jibri Bailey lost to Eliana Ramirez in the flight 6 final by a score of 6-3; 6-0 and then lost in the flight 3 doubles final 8-3 to the defending National Championship team from Jacksonville, Lynn and Lopez. "Jibri played tough this weekend despite playing a limited amount of matches this spring. She reached the finals of her flight and that in itself is a major accomplishment for her."
The team punched a ticket to compete in the NJCAA National Tournament at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona on May 2-7. "We are excited for the opportunity to go back to Tucson and compete for a National Championship. This team will be ready."
April 7, 2010
HCC Lady Hawks go undefeated in conference play (7-0) and will host the FCCAA State Tournament on April 16 and 17th at the HCC Tennis Complex.
January 30, 2010
Hawks Make a Statement, Rip FSCJ 9-0
In a highly anticipated kickoff to the 2010 season, the Lady Hawks traveled to Jacksonville to take on Florida State College. To add more anticipation, the season opening match displayed the # 1 and # 4 ranked teams in the country as well as the # 1 and # 2 teams in the state of Florida. The last trip to Jacksonville turned out to be a sour one for the Hawks as they dropped a 3-6 loss to the Stars. ‘Last time we were up here, nothing seemed to go our way,” said fifth year Head Coach Chad Berryhill. This year however, the team felt they had something to prove and prove it they did. The team started out with quick work in doubles with 8-1 and 8-2 results at # 1 and # 2. FSCJ lost a player to injury during a previous match and therefore defaulted #3 doubles and # 6 singles. In singles, the steamroll continued as Jillian O’Neill posted a 6-0; 6-2 win followed by a 6-0; 6-1 win by Olivia Howlett. Newcomer Sandra Pickerill made quick work of her opponent by a count of 6-0; 6-2 as well as Shelly Proctor posting a 6-1; 6-1 victory. To round out the match, Courtney Spafford added the exclamation point with a 6-3; 6-3 victory at # 4 singles. “The team looked as if they were playing a dual match in April,” commented Head Coach Chad Berryhill. “We look prepared, focused, confident, and didn’t let up. For our first match of the year, I am very pleased with where we are, but the team realizes what it takes to be successful in May.”
# 1 O’Neill, Jillian / Howlett, Oliva (HCC) def. Yakovtseva, Arina / Ramirez, Eliana (FSCJ) 8-1
# 2 Proctor, Nachell / Spafford, Courtney (HCC)def. Lynn, Chelsey / Lopex, Arianna (FSCJ) 8-2
# 3 Default
# 1 Jillian O’Neill (HCC) def. Arina Yakovtoseva (FSCJ) 6-0; 6-2
# 2 Olivia Howlett (HCC) def, Chelsey Lynn (FSCJ) 6-0; 6-1
# 3 Nachell Proctor (HCC) def. Arianna Lopez (FSCJ) 6-1; 6-1
# 4 Courtney Spafford (HCC) def. Molly Lentini (FSCJ 6-3; 6-3
# 5 Sandra Pickerill (HCC) def. Eliana Ramirez (FSCJ) 6-0; 6-2
# 6 Default
The Hawks next match will be with Florida Southern College in their home opener at the HCC Tennis Complex.
November 27, 2009
Hawks Begin Year Ranked # 1 Nationally
The HCC Lady Hawk Tennis Program will start the spring 2010 season with the # 1 ranking in the country from the ITA Campbell Rankings. "It is nice to be ranked # 1, but all that matters is how you finish" remarked head Coach Chad Berryhill. Since Berryhill's tenure as Head Coach, the team has been ranked # 1 Nationally three out of five years with the other two years holding on to the # 2 spot. As a result, the Hawks have finished as the National Runners-up in 2006, 2007, and 2009 while capturing the National Championship in 2008. The Hawks return the # 1 and # 2 ranked players in the country from last season, the # 4 ranked player from 2008, and their # 3 player from a year ago all while adding another player to the mix in January. The Hawks kick off the season in rare form by traveling to Jacksonville to play Florida State College, the # 4 ranked team in the country in their first match. "We need to be ready to go from the first ball this January" said Berryhill. "Jacksonville beat us in our first meeting last year at their place...We need to be focused and prepared from match one.
November 22, 2009
Congratulations to Jillian O'Neill for signing a National Letter of Intent to play for Georgia Tech in the fall of 2010.
In what was a highly anticipated signing of the Junior College # 1 ranked player, Jillian O'Neill decided to take a look off a recommendation from her coach, Chad Berryhill. Coach Berryhill has developed a relationship with Georgia Tech Head Coach Bryan Shelton who recruited a player from Tampa a few years ago who Berryhill had worked with. Last year, Coach Berryhill took a trip to Atlanta and Georgia Tech to experience the Yellow Jacket program who won the NCAA National Championship in 2007 and also charted matches for them. "I have developed a relationship with Coach Shelton and I think we have both tried to establish similar programs" said Coach Chad Berryhill. "Both Coach Shelton and I take an approach that focuses on a players development rather than just simply making a player match tough. I am excited for Jillian and her decision."
Since coming to HCC, Jillian O'Neill has been no disappointment in the win column. She is the # 1 ranked player in the country for the second year in a row, the 2009 ITA Small College Champion in singles and doubles, FCCAA Player of the Year, ITA Rookie of the Year, was selected to the ITA All-Star team, NJCAA singles and doubles National Champion, and a 2009 NJCAA All-American all while leading her team to a National Runners-Up performance at the NJCAA's last May.
November 19, 2009
The Lady Hawk Tennis program traveled this week to Oak Grove Elementary School in Tampa to help in the Great American Teach-In. Hawk players Jillian O'Neill, Courtney Spafford, Nachell Proctor, and Jasmyne Smith along with Coach Chad Berryhill put on two 30-minute sessions that energized 4th grade students to play tennis. "We had a lot of fun," commented Coach Berryhill. "The kids had an absolute blast and the girls on the team really shined. I was very proud of their efforts." The HCC Tennis program has increased their presence within the Tampa Community by offering clinics for the underprivileged, volunteering at various tennis events, and communicating with various influential people to help improve the Tampa area. Coach Berryhill explained that "The players on the team are the ones who are used to getting serviced. It is nice to see our players now doing the servicing. It will help them become better tennis players and more importantly, better people."
October 19, 2009
3-Peat for O'Neill and Howlett, ITA Small College Wrap Up
At the ITA Small College Championships this week in Mobile, Alabama, the Hawks started the season with the # 1 ranked doubles pair and # 1 singles player in the country. After the National tournament this weekend, those ranking will stay the same. The Hawks duo of Jillian O'Neill and Olivia Howlett defended their doubles title that they won last spring in Tucson by defeating Lee College's Lee and Akina in the final 6-4; 6-4. The next morning, Jillian O'Neill completed the sweep by beating Nadia Lee from Lee College in the finals 7-6 (3); 7-6 (3) to defend her title. Also in action was Nachell Proctor and Courtney Spafford who received an at-large bid into the doubles draw. The tandem dropped a heartbreaker to # 2 seeded Lee College in the opener 6-3; 3-6; 10-6, but rallied to win there final two matches over Reedley and ASA to capture 5th place. "We were just a few points short of pulling off an upset against Lee," said Coach Berryhill. "If we could have pulled out the match tiebreaker we may have had an all Hillsborough doubles final.
After winning the Junior College division, O'Neill participated in the Super Bowl of Small College Tennis against Elizabeth Lewis of Chapman (NCAA Division III) and teamed with Howlett to play Tufts in the Super Bowl Doubles semi against defending NCAA Division III champions Julia Browne and Meghan McCooey. Hillsborough continued there run by defeating Chapman's Lewis 6-2; 6-1 and won the doubles against a tough Tufts team 6-3; 6-2. In the Super Bowl final and a berth into the Division I Indoors at stake, the Hawks came up short for the fourth time in the Super Bowl Final in the last five trips. O'Neill lost a hard fought battle to Sona Novakova of Armstrong Atlantic State 6-4; 6-4 and experienced a disappointing doubles results of a 6-3; 6-0 loss to Sabate and Herroux of Fresno Pacific.
"Overall, it was a great experience for all four of our players," commented Coach Berryhill. "It will be an experience that they won't forget and now we know we need to get back on the courts and continue to simply getting better. If we had been able to execute basic shots throughout the tournament, we may not have had so many close matches and could be traveling to the D-1 Indoors."
The Hawks will end their fall season this Friday as they host the University of Tampa at the HCC Tennis Complex at 3:30 PM. For complete results of the Small College Championships,
October 12, 2009
Coach Berryhill and Jillian O'Neill Jillian O'Neill and Olivia Howlett
October 12, 2009
10/11/2009 Hawks Sweep C.L. Varner
The HCC Women’s Tennis team traveled to Rollins College this past weekend to compete in the C.L. Varner Memorial Tournament in Winter Park, FL. For the second year out of the last three visits to the tournament, the Hawks captured the singles title. This year the Hawks swept the Varner with Jillian O’Neill beating Senka Softic from Florida Southern in the flight A singles final 6-3; 6-1 and teamed with Olivia Howlett to beat Armstrong Atlantic in the flight A doubles final 8-5. Also seeing success in the tournament was Nachell Proctor who made it to the semi-final of flight B singles before falling to Kagukina from Armstrong Atlantic 6-4; 2-6; 6-1. I was very pleased with our performance this weekend” commented Head Coach Chad Berryhill. “Anytime you can have a strong showing at a tournament that showcases some of the top programs in NCAA Division II, it has been a good weekend.” The Lady Hawks will now travel to the ITA Small College Championships in Mobile, Alabama. The Hawks Jillian O’Neill will be the tournaments # 1 seed in the singles draw and will also earn the # 1 seed in the doubles draw with reigning ITA Small College Champion Olivia Howlett. Accompanying O’Neill and Howlett will be teammates Nachell Proctor and Courtney Spafford who received an at-large bid into the doubles draw and will take on # 2 seed and rival Lee College in the first round. “This was a great warm-up tournament for us (C.L.. Varner), and I feel confident we will have a strong showing in Mobile. We obviously have a lot at stake anytime we play Lee College, but we have prepared well for the tournament.”
September 26, 2009
(Jillian O'Neill, Nachell Proctor, Courtney Spafford & Olivia Howlett)
The Hillsborough Community College tennis team kicked off the 2009 fall season in dominate form as it traveled to Ocala, Florida, host of the ITA Regional Tournament. The winner of one of the eight ITA Regional automatically qualifies for the Small College Championships in Mobile, Alabama October 15-18. The Hawks have made the trip each of the last four years and this year was no different. 3 out of 4 Hawks reached the singles semi-finals while both Hawk doubles teams reached the final. It was Olivia Howlett knocking out teammate Nachell Proctor in the singles semi-final to earn an opportunity to play the returning NJCAA National Champion Jillian O'Neill in the final. "This year we really got a true championship match" said Head Coach Chad Berryhill. "Jillian and Olivia are the top two returning players in Junior College and it is only fitting that they both made the final." Not only that, the Hawks now over the past 4 years have won the singles title and 3 of those players are now on the team (Proctor 2007, Howlett 2008, and O'Neill 2009). The other being Hiroko Nishikawa who won in 2006 and is now the asst. coach at St. Pete College. "It was fun having two former ITA Regional Champions from our program watch two others who also have accomplished the same feat." Jillian O'Neill downed Olivia Howlett in the final 7-5; 6-2 in hard fought match on both sides. Howlett who qualified for the Small College Championships last year also is the reigning Small College National Champion. In doubles, O'Neill and Howlett paired up to beat their teammates Proctor and Courtney Spafford 8-2 in the final. "It is always fun to have two (doubles) teams in the finals. We had both teams serving and volleying and coming forward on returns. It was fun!"
O'Neill and Howlett will now get the opportunity in Mobile to see if they can win both a singles and doubles National Championship. The HCC program has won the doubles championship twice and the singles once out of their last four trips. "We have always been successful at the Small College Championships," said Berryhill. "It is a fun tournament and we are looking more and more prepared each day." Before traveling to Mobile, the Hawks will play in the C.L. Varner Memorial Tournament hosted by Rollins College on October 9-11.
September 8, 2009
Fall 2009 Preview
The 2009-2010 HCC Lady Hawks enter this fall with one thing in mind, get better! The team is coming off a disappointing finish to a season that ended with the team being one point away from repeating as National Champions. However, the Hawks have a lot to look forward to this fall with the return of sophomores Jillian O'Neill and Olivia Howlett who were named ITA All-Americans, NJCAA All-Americans, and were ranked #1 and #3 respectively at the end of last season. The duo also returns as the #1 doubles team in the country after winning the flight one crown in May. The Hawks also welcome the return of a fellow ITA All-American Nachell Proctor who played #1 for the team the year they won the National title. With the return of the top three players from a season ago and the addition of Proctor and freshman Sandra Pickerill, the Hawks look poised to make a strong fall showing. "This will be a fun fall for us because of the depth of our team, " Coach Berryhill said. "The team is working hard and are preparing for what we expect will be a successful year both on and off the tennis court. I am looking forward to seeing us compete."
The Hawks open up the season with the ITA Regional event hosted by Central Florida Community on September 25th and 26th.
July 31, 2009
Serena Williams visits and practices at the HCC Tennis Complex!
2009 Wimbledon Women's Single Champion Serena Williams with former HCC Tennis Players Elisa Leeder (left)
and Brittney Bowden (right).