February 20, 2009

#13 Men’s Tennis Remains Undefeated in Conference Play

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

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AIKEN, S.C.  - The No. 13 Georgia College & State University men's tennis team (4-1, 3-0 PBC) has yet to be beaten in its league as the Bobcats defeated Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school, No. 23 University of South Carolina-Aiken (5-2, 1-2 PBC) 5-4 earlier today (Feb. 20).

No. 2 Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) and Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) were too much for the No. 9 duo of Dagoberto Darezzo and Edward Horne 8-6 at the number one singles slot.

The Bobcats' Max Beliankou (Minksk, Belarus) and Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) were also victorious against the team of Christopher Kaetz and Gregory Andrade. Beliankou and Nucci won 9-8 (9-7).

Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) played with a new partner in Leo Benardez at second doubles today. The two were not able to come away with a victory for Georgia College losing 8-5 to Aiken's Bruno Seves and Filipe Garcia.

The number one singles featured two top-8 athletes competing. No. 8 Siqueria lost to No. 6 Seves 6-2, 6-3.

At the number two singles, Pickham battled back after a first set loss to upset the No. 19 player in the nation Darezzo 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

No. 24 Yoshimoto defeated Horne in straight 6-4 sets. Beliankou netted a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Andrade.

Georgia College's Nucci lost 7-5, 6-4 to Aiken's Garcia. Playing in his first singles match of the season, Benardez fell short 7-6, 6-4 to Kaetz of the Pacers.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Feb. 24 against fellow PBC member,
No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University at 2 p.m.

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