JONESBORO, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) office released the 2010 men’s and women’s tennis conference tournament brackets Thursday. The PBC Tournament begins Friday, April 16 with the championship matches Sunday, April 18 at the Clayton County Tennis Center in Jonesboro, Ga.
The winner of each single-elimination event will capture the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament, while other squads are vying for at-large invitations.
The No. 30 Georgia College & State University women’s team (11-10, 6-6 PBC) secured the seventh seed Wednesday beating Lander University. The Bobcats will play second seeded Columbus State University in the quarterfinal round Friday at 2 p.m. Earlier this season the ‘Cats fell 9-0 to national No. 5 ranked CSU.
The No. 14 Bobcat men (14-5, 6-3 PBC) claimed the No. 3 seed, after out-battling Lander Wednesday in a lengthy 5-3 match. Georgia College will square off against the Bearcats again, taking on sixth seeded Lander at 5 p.m. Friday.
Armstrong Atlantic State University’s men’s and women’s teams sit atop both brackets in the first seed, each clinching the teams’ fifth and seventh-consecutive regular-season titles, respectively. The tournament will start things off Friday at noon, where the Lady Pirates will take on No. 8 seed Lander, while their male counterparts will face the other eighth seeded team USC Aiken.
Should the Bobcat women win in the first round, they will face the victor of No. 3-seeded Clayton State University and No. 6-seeded Augusta State University. If the Georgia College men make it past Lander again, they will battle the winner of the second-seed Columbus State and the seventh-seed Augusta State match-up.
Last season, the Georgia College women blanked Georgia Southwestern State University 5-0 in the first round of the PBC Tournament. In the second round, the Bobcat women’s hopes of conference title came to an end when they fell 5-1 to Francis Marion University.
The Bobcat men entered the 2009 Peach Belt Tournament as the regular-season champs but couldn’t pull off the sweep with a tournament title. The Bobcat team lost a heartbreaking match 5-3 to USC Aiken in the first round, and is poised for a better showing this year.
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