May 14, 2009

#7 Men’s Tennis Season Comes to a Close in Elite Eight, 5-0

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - A dream season for No. 7 Georgia College & State University men's tennis (19-4) finally came to a halt today (May 14) as the Bobcats fell to No. 2 Barry University (26-2) 5-0 in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.

The Buccaneers jumped on Georgia College early, taking doubles 3-0. The nation's No. 2 doubles team of Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) had a rally fall short at first singles, dropping an 8-6 match to No. 4 Emanuel Fraitzl and Max Wimmer.

The No. 12 duo of Ales Svigelj and Andrew Sharnov beat the Sao Paulo duo of Francis Yoshimoto and Joao Casagrande 8-4, and in third doubles, Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) and Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) teamed for an 8-2 loss to Jakub Fejfar and Sergio Velez.

Needing just two wins to take the match, Barry got the victories in the fifth and sixth singles slots. Angelucci fell for just the second time this season, going 6-1, 6-1 to Marcello D'Armas. Not normally a starter, after a pair of Bobcat injuries Angelucci was forced into the sixth slot.

The match-ending victory came at fifth singles, where Casagrande dropped a 6-4, 6-1 match to Fejfar.

The season comes to a close for Georgia College at 19-4, tying the school mark in wins, set in the 19-5 1989 season. The Bobcats took their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship, as head coach Steve Barsby was named the Division II National Men's Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). He also brought home his third PBC Coach of the Year honor, his second on the men's side.

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