May 8, 2009

No. 6 Georgia College Advances to Regional Final Against Conference Opponent, No. 8 Columbus State

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 6 Georgia College & State University's men's tennis team (17-3) defeated No. 20 Lees-McRae College (19-6) earlier today (May 8) 5-1. The victory sends the Bobcats to the NCAA Southeast Milledgeville Regional final match against No. 8 Columbus State University.

Georgia College was able to take advantage early winning at first and second doubles.

The nation's No. 2 doubles unit of Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) defeated Steve Karendal and Nandor Solymosi 8-1. Pickham and Siqueira moved to 15-2 on the season.

The Sao Paulo duo of Joao Casagrande and Francis Yoshimoto escaped with an 8-5 victory over VanHoy and Shaun Sumner. The Bobcat twosome improve to a 10-7 mark on the 2009 campaign.

The Bobcats only needed three victories to seal the win and were able to do so winning at second, third and fourth singles.

No. 15 Pickham moved to 13-3 on the year when he took down Alek Mojski 6-0, 7-6 in second singles. No. 24 Yoshimoto won at third singles 6-0, 6-1 against Shaun Sumner. Yoshimoto still holds the team best record at 16-3. In fourth singles, Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) defeated Travis VanHoy 6-2, 6-4. Beliankou has won five straight matches and is now 15-4 on the season.

In the second match, Columbus State University took two of three in doubles play against Anderson University.

The Cougars of Columbus State held off the Trojans and took three of five in singles action.

At fifth singles, the Cougars' Paul van Rensburg won 6-4, 6-3 over the Trojans' Iiya Zakharov to seal the win for Columbus State.

Georgia College will face fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Columbus State tomorrow, May 9 at 2 p.m. for the championship match. The winner advances to the finals in Altamonte Springs, Fla. 

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