Bobcat Tennis Starts NCAA Tournament Play Thursday
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University tennis teams and head coach Steve Barsby continue play into the post-season this week, doing battle at two NCAA Southeast Regional sites beginning Thursday, May 6 with women’s action in Morrow, Ga. and the men starting May 7 in Columbus, Ga.
The No. 31 Bobcat women (11-11) take on Lincoln Memorial University (18-3) Thursday at noon in Morrow, Ga. with Clayton State University serving as host. LMU took the regular-season and tournament championships in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC).
An All-PBC winner in both singles and doubles this season, senior Diane Danna (Paris, France) leads the Bobcats to action in their sixteenth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, owning a 16-4 record in first singles and teaming with junior Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) for a 12-10 doubles mark. Lyon has echoed the singles record at 16-4 in the third slot, with freshman Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) putting up an 11-9 mark at second singles. This will mark the first time the Bobcat women have eve r played LMU.
Host Clayton is the No. 1 seed, and will take on the winner Friday at 2 p.m. the winner of that bout will be in the region final against the victor of the Columbus State University/Augusta State University match.
The No. 14 Bobcat men (15-6) head to Columbus State University for their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, taking on the winner of Thursday’s Lincoln Memorial University (18-1)/Lander University (15-6) showdown. LMU swept the regular-season and tournament championships in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) on the men’s side as well, the Bearcats took fourth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). The Bobcats take to the courts against that first-round winner at 1 p.m. Friday.
All-PBC singles honoree Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) takes on all first singles opponents, to the tune of a 10-7 mark. He also teams with Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) for a 5-2 record in first doubles. Second singles action belongs to Wadstein with a 12-6 record, but the top singles mark at 16-3 belongs to senior Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus). He and classmate Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) are also 9-6 in second doubles.
CSU gets the winner of the opening-round USC Aiken/ASU face-off, with the winners playing Saturday for the region title.
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