March 11, 2009

#4 Bobcats Thrash Mountain Lions, 9-0

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 4 Georgia College & State University men's tennis team (8-1) thrashed the Mountain Lions of Concord University 9-0 earlier today (March 11) at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. The blanking marks the third shutout for the Bobcats this season.

In first doubles, the Bobcat Brazillian duo of Joao Casagrande and Francis Yoshimoto defeated the team of Leonardo Araujo and Joao Mischiatti 8-5.

Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) and Max Beliankou (Minksk, Belarus) took down the twosome of Aramando Estevez and Andrew Iruthayarajah 8-2 at the second doubles slot.

At the third doubles match, the duo of Leo Bernardes and Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) smashed Concord's Matt Lester and Filip Crvenkovic to the score of 8-1.

The two most exciting matches of the day saw Georgia College's Bernardes and Kyle Uhles (Cumming, Ga.) win their first singles dual matches of their careers. Bernardes beat Estevez 6-0, 6-2. Uhles served Lester double bagels beating him 6-0, 6-0.

Yoshimoto handed Araujo a loss winning 6-0, 6-2 at number one singles.

At second singles, Beliankou, a week removed from Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Week honors, defeated Mischiatti 6-3, 6-0. Beliankou's partner, Nucci, beat Iruthayarajah in straight 6-1 sets.

The Bobcats' Angelucci and Mountain Lions' Crvvenkovic had to settle things in a third set. Angelucci came out victorious 6-7, 6-1, 10-4.

GCSU has now won six in a row. The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. hosting Mount Olive College.

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