Bobcat Men’s Tennis Earns #15 Rank


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The final rankings for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) have been tabulated, and the Georgia College & State University men's team ranks No. 15 in the nation with their region rank finishing at No. 4.

Junior All-American and Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was No. 5 in the nation, earning a No. 1 spot in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He finished the spring season at 19-2 with a 6-2 mark against nationally-ranked competition. Joining him in the singles rankings was junior Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) with a No. 27 slot, including No. 9 in the region. In his first season with the Bobcats, Yoshimoto went 18-6 with a 5-4 mark against nationally-ranked competitors.

An All-PBC doubles award-winner, the duo of Yoshimoto and Siqueira also earned a No. 11 national rank, pulling in the third best slot in the region. The team was 14-6 with a 6-1 mark in the Peach Belt, and added a 4-2 tally against ranked teams.

The GCSU men's tennis team had an outstanding 2008 season at 17-7. The Bobcats made it to the PBC title game for the first time in school history, and also earned their first PBC Player of the Year in Siqueira. The 17 wins for the men's program this season are the second-most during head coach Steve Barsby's eight seasons, the third-best overall.

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