by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The men's tennis team atGeorgia College & State University (5-0, 4-1 PBC) took down theNo. 1 team in the country, Armstrong Atlantic State University(7-1, 4-1 PBC), today (Feb. 24) 5-4.
The Bobcats sealed the deal taking down the top team in thenation, when junior Max Beliankou (Minsk,Belarus) defeated No. 21 Tim Johannsen in a gruelingmatch. Beliankou held off and won 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.
Georgia College got things started with the first match of theday, first doubles. The duo of Erick Siqueria (SaoPaulo, Brazil) and Justin Pickham(Armidale, Australia), No. 2 in the nation, defeatedArmstrong's Rafael Array and Johnnsen 8-3.
Beliankou and Givoane Nucci (SantaCatarina, Brazil) took things into a tiebreaker againstEdualdo Bonet and Paul Fitzgerald. The Bobcat twosome won 9-8(7-3).
In singles competition the matches were split 3-3. No. 1 Bonetwas victorious over No. 8 Siqueria 6-4, 7-5 at the number onesingles slot. At number two singles, Pickham took the match 7-6,2-6, 6-4 over No. 11 Bishop.
Yoshimoto, No. 24 in the nation, defeated Irdoja in straight 6-4sets. At fifth singles, No. 37 Array beat Benardez 6-1, 6-0, whileCasagrande lost in straight 6-2 sets to Fitzgerald.
The Bobcats are on the road to face Erskine College Friday, Feb.27 at 2:30 p.m.
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