SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced its annual All-American honorees, with Georgia College & State University seniors Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) taking trophies both as singles and as a doubles squad.
The All-American honor is the third on Siqueira's crowded mantle, as he has ended each of his last three seasons with the award. The first three-time All-American in GCSU men's tennis history, Siqueira went 13-5 in singles action this season all in the first slot. He also went 5-2 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action, finishing the season ranked No. 8 in the nation.
Pickham, a junior college All-American at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, earns his first Division II national honor. The senior showed sick hands in the No. 2 slot, going 13-4 including a perfect 6-0 in conference battles. Pickham finishes the season ranked No. 15 in the nation.
As a pair, the team came one win away from the ITA Fall National Title, and compiled a 16-3 mark in the spring. The duo was also a perfect 6-0 in PBC matches, adding three wins over Nationally-ranked teams.
The pair gives Georgia College 12 All-America trophies all-time in men's tennis, including five during Steve Barsby's nine years as head coach.
The 2009 season came to a close in the national quarterfinals for Georgia College at 19-4, tying the school mark in wins, set in the 19-5 1989 season. The Bobcats took their first PBC Championship, as 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.
Winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, the GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.