April 18, 2009

Barsby Named Coach of the Year, Three Players Make All-Conference

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

MORROW, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) held its annual men's tennis awards banquet last night (April 17) hosted by Clayton State University. Three singles players and one doubles squad from No. 6 Georgia College & State University made the team along with head coach Steve Barsby being named PBC Coach of the Year.

Barsby earns his second PBC Coach of the Year award after leading Georgia College & State University to their first PBC regular season championship in 2009. Now in his ninth season at GCSU, Barsby led the Bobcats to an undefeated 7-0 conference record, 14-2 overall and a No. 6 national ranking.

GCSU was ranked as high as No. 4 this season after beating Armstrong Atlantic State, then ranked No. 1. Barsby took coach of the year honors on the women's side in 2003.

Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) and Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) earned First Team All-Conference in singles and together as a doubles squad.

Ranked No. 8, Siqueira was on last year's all-conference team and teamed with Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to make it as a doubles team a year ago. Siqueira went 11-4 this spring, including a 5-2 conference mark, all at first singles. Pickham, No. 15 in singles nationally, held down the second slot, going 11-3. His 6-0 record in PBC matches was the second-best on the team, and he went a perfect 3-0 against ranked teams.

The No. 2-ranked Siqueira/Pickham duo was 13-1 this year, going 6-0 in conference matches. They've won their last 11. Siqueira now owns six All-PBC honors total in his four-year career.

No. 24 Yoshimoto made Second Team All-PBC this season, owning a 13-3 record, tops in wins for GCSU. The senior was undefeated in PBC battles, going 7-0.

The all-conference team was expanded this year and with double the number of award winners split into a first and second team. In all, 24 men's tennis players were honored.
The 2009 All-Conference team is listed below. The team was selected by the league's head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

The top-seeded Bobcats square off against No. 8-seed North Georgia today, April 18 in the second round of the PBC Tournament at 11:30 a.m.

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