NCTC Tennis finishes in top 10 at Nationals

Elizabeth F. Abu | May 17, 2018

North Central Texas College Tennis Coach Brian Waddell, in his 10th season as the head women’s tennis coach at the college, took his team to the 2018 NJCAA Women’s Tennis Nationals in Waco, Texas.

This is the fifth season in ten years that Coach Waddell’s team has finished in the top ten nationally.

“The Lady Lions have had an excellent season, going 11-4 overall but we had 15 weather related cancellations this spring,” said Waddell. “The national competition has gotten stronger and stronger every year with the new rule of unlimited international players two years ago.”

The team had a good first day at nationals winning three of the five singles matches played and two of the three doubles matches, for a total of 10 points. Coach Waddell explained that the NJCAA tournament is an individual players draw, but with all points going to each team for a final standing.

The second day the lady lions won four singles matches and two doubles matches to raise their point total to 15, with a 14th place standing. On day three, the lady lions won four singles matches and one doubles matches to total 18 points, and an 11th place standing. On the fourth and final day, the lady lions won 2 singles and 1 doubles match for a final total of 19 ½ points and a 9th place finish, overall.

Brenda Aguilar won the back draw championships in singles at flight #2 and she and Melissa Ariza won the back draw doubles championships as well at the #1 flight. Yana Goranova lost in the back draw championships on the same day at flight #1 singles.

The Lady Lion’s line-up was as followed with their points won toward the team total:


#1- Yana Goranova                       1 ½ points

#2- Brenda Aguilar                        2 points

#3- Melissa Ariza                           3 points

#4- Carolina Fabbri                        3 points

#5- Yashleen Kheterpal                  2 points

#6- Nathalie Wetherington           2 points


#1- Aguilar / Ariza                        2 points

#2- Goranova / Fabbri                  2 points

#3- Kheterpal / Wetherington       2 points

“This was a very strange and challenging season,” said Waddell. “Losing three young ladies at graduation in December, plus one young freshman that got home-sick and moved back to her country.

“Bringing in two new recruits in January and having them learn my system of coaching and leadership was also difficult, but everyone bought into my system and picked up the slack of the loss of four players.”

Losing out on 15 matches due to the weather this spring meant that the Lady Lions missed out on court time and experience that can’t be taught during practice time.

“The 9th place finish at Nationals was very well earned,” said Waddell. “All the hard work my players put into this season, both on and off the court, was very much appreciated.”

The team also finished the spring semester with a team GPA of 3.41 overall.


Tennis Team 2017-2018

NCTC Lady Lions Tennis finished 9th at the 2018 NJCAA Women's Tennis National Competition. Pictured left to right are: Yashleen Kheterpal, Carolina Fabbri, Beatriz Galvez, Coach Brian Waddell, Yana Goranova, Nathalie Wetherington, Brenda Aguilar, and Melissa Ariza.