#13 Bobcats Slash Tigers 9-0

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

ATLANTA - The No. 13 men's tennis team at Georgia College & State University remained unbeaten today (Feb. 7) winning all nine of their matches against Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) adversary, Morehouse College (0-1). The Bobcats improve to 2-0 on the 2009 season, having yet to give up a single match this spring.

Georgia College's Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil), No. 8 in the D-II National Rankings, was victorious 7-5, 6-2 against Tory Martin at the number one singles slot.

Australia native Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) served up double bagels (6-0, 6-0) in opposition to Josh Harris.

No. 24 Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) disappointed the Tigers' Kadir Carruthers in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 in the third spot. Max Beliankou (Minksk, Belarus) beat opponent Ben Seagle in the first 6-0 and Seagle had to retire due to injury.

Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) skunked Morehouse's Johan Oliver 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) captured the first spring win of his career, stumping Michael Steward 6-0, 6-2.

The No. 2 doubles squad in the nation, Siqueira and Pickham thumped the duo of Carrauthers and Martin 8-1.

GCSU's Beliankou and Nucci played the closest doubles match of the day, edging Harris and Seagle 8-4. The twosome of Yoshimoto and Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil), No. 24 in the nation, slashed Oliver and Steward 8-1.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow (Feb. 8) against the third best team in the country, Valdosta State University. Both the men's and women's teams travel south to Valdosta to take on the Blazers starting at 1 p.m.

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