MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Completing a three-day run of dominating some of the top non-Division I men's tennis teams in the southeast, Georgia College & State University defended its home turf well, winning three of a possible five titles in the Eighth Annual Georgia College Men's Fall Championships.
The tournament featured members of seven different schools converging on Milledgeville: Georgia College, Augusta State University, Lander University, Lees-McRae College, Lincoln Memorial University, Oxford-Emory College and Florida Tech.
Georgia College head coach Steve Barsby took this tournament as a sign of great things to come.
"It was great. Great finishes and a promising start for everyone. I've told these guys that we should go out to win every tournament in the fall, and they really came out strong. Giovane (Nucci) was particularly impressive in his play all weekend."
All told, the Bobcats won the Flight ‘A' Singles, took runner-up in both Flight ‘A' and the Flight ‘B' Singles, won Flight ‘A' Doubles and took both the title and runner-up spots in Flight ‘ B' Doubles.
Senior No. 1 seed Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) won the Flight ‘A' Singles title for the second straight season, joining Lander's Joakim Karlsson and ASU's Raul Intriago as the only two-time singles champions in tournament history. Siqueira bested teammate Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) in the finals 6-2, 6-4.
In the Flight ‘B' Singles, Lander's No. 1 seed George Wilkinson ended the run of senior Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) after a 6-1, 6-4 score.
Pickham and Siqueira teamed for the title in Flight ‘A' Doubles, beating LMC's Steve Karendal and Shaun Sumner in the semifinals (8-4) and edging Michael Fedoseyev and Damien Cordesse of Lander for the title (9-7). This marks the third Flight ‘A' Doubles trophy for Siqueira, as he won a pair with Rodrigo Yamauti (2004-2007) in 2005 and 2006.
The young duo of sophomore Kyle Uhles (Cumming, Ga.) and freshman Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) pulled off a couple of upset wins today, beating ASU's Henrique Boturao and Frederico Mendes 8-6 and grabbing an 8-5 win over Gary Bertoldo and Juan Manrique of Lander to get in the finals.
There, they met teammates in Nucci and Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus), the third slot doubles team for last year's squad. The more established duo won out, as Nucci and Beliankou won the title with an 8-5 battle. Nucci and Beliankou also beat Wu Ferraz and Fabien Zermatten of ASU in the semifinals today.
The Flight ‘C' Singles finished in an all-Lander final, as Carlos Marques won over Fedoseyev 6-2, 6-1.
The Bobcats are back in action Sept. 27-29 at the ITA Southeast Regionals in Sumter, S.C.
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