April 28, 2009

No. 6 Bobcats Beat ABAC 6-3

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant 

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's tennis team (16-3, 7-0 PBC) hosted Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tuesday (April 28) with the Bobcats defeating the Golden Stallions 6-3.

Georgia College took two matches at doubles with a victory at the first and second slots.

The No. 2 duo of Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) and Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated Romain Vieillard and Oliver Smith 8-1 at first doubles. At second doubles, the Sao Paulo twosome of Joao Casagrande and Francis Yoshimoto beat Carlos Perez and Martin Cederqvist 8-2.

ABAC won at third doubles when the team of Rainer Leeman and Evandro Rosindo defeated Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) and Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) in a tight 8-6 match.

The singles matches saw similar results with the Bobcats taking four of six.

At first singles, No. 8 Siqueira was victorious 7-6, 6-2 against Vieillard. Yoshimoto's match saw the same score as he defeated Rosindo at second singles. No. 24 Yoshimoto improved to a team best 15-3 on the season.

Beliankou beat Cederqvist 6-2, 6-4 at third singles. At fourth singles, Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated Leeman 6-2, 6-3 to round out the wins for GCSU.

The Golden Stallions' Matthew Holland upended Georgia College's Casagrande 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 at fifth singles. ABAC's Smith defeated the Bobcats' Angelucci 7-5, 6-1 at sixth singles.

Georgia College is second place in the latest NCAA Southeast Regional Poll sitting behind Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rival, Armstrong Atlantic State University.

The rankings are used to choose the teams that make the NCAA Tournament in May. The Southeast Region will send 12 teams to the tourney. The three conference championship tournament winners receive bids, leaving nine at-large selections chosen from the poll. The Pirates took the PBC Tournament title, with the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) title going to Mars Hill and Anderson University won the Conference Carolinas tournament title.

The Bobcats await the selection for the NCAA Regional Tournaments, which will begin play May 7.

Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.