April 16, 2010

#14 Bobcat Men Beat #12 Lander, Advance in PBC Playoffs

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JONESBORO, Ga. For the second time this week, the No. 14 Georgia College & State University men’s tennis team (15-5) beat No. 12 Lander University (15-6), this time by a 5-1 score to advance in the 2010 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament. Max Beliankou’s (Minsk, Belarus) victory at third singles clinched the team win.

Georgia College led by the slimmest of margins after doubles action, picking up wins in the first and third slots. Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) teamed for 9-8 battle over Levan Clark and Pierre Frances in the first slot. The Bobcat duo improves to just 4-7 but has won its last three.

Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) picked up a win by a slightly easier margin 8-6 over Henrik Willers and Gary Bertoldo. The third-flight duo for Georgia College is now 7-1 including victories in its last five. Beliankou and Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) took an 8-5 loss from Paul-Henri Arrigoni and Christopher Mattsson.

In singles action, the Bobcats closed the match with wins at second, third and fifth singles. Wadstein outlasted Clark at second singles, with the Bobcats up in the first set 4-1, Clark retired due to injury. Wadstein is now 12-6, avenging a loss to Clark Tuesday. 

Bernardes won 6-2, 6-1 in the fifth slot, beating Frances in straight sets. The Bobcat clinched Wednesday’s 5-3 win with a victory over Frances, and now improves to 14-3 on the year.

No. 49 Beliankou provided the clinching win today, taking out Willers for the second time this week, this time by 6-2 and 6-1 scores. Beliankou has a team-best 16-3 mark in 2010.

The Bobcats advance to face No. 2-seed and national No. 10 Columbus State University tomorrow, April 17 at 5 p.m. The Cougars defeated Augusta State University 5-1 today. The last time the Bobcats met the Cougars was April 3, CSU picking up a 5-4 victory.

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