March 24, 2010

#11 Bobcat Men Win 7-2 Over #41 North Alabama at White Sands Tourney

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

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PENSACOLA, Fla. The No. 11 Georgia College & State University men’s tennis team (9-4) took two doubles matches and five singles to beat No. 41 University of North Alabama 7-2 at the White Sands Tournament Wednesday morning.

In doubles action, the Bobcats won the second and third slots to take the early 2-1 lead. The senior Bobcat twosome of Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) and Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) edged the Lions’ Clint Johnson and Carlos Cardenas 9-7 at second doubles. In third doubles play, the duo of sophomore Leo Bernades (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and freshman Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) won by the largest margin, 8-1, over T.J. Drake and Mirko Sommerfeld

Senior Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) paired at first doubles and fell 8-2 to Jan Miskos and Bruno Zuleta.

Georgia College took second through sixth singles as Leborgne lost 6-1, 6-4 at first singles to Miskos.

Wadstein defeated Zuleta 7-6, 6-1 at second singles and Beliankou blanked Sommerfeld in the first set 6-0 and then took the second set 7-5 in the third slot.

At fourth singles, Nucci went three sets to beat Cardenas 1-6, 6-1, 6-1. Bernardes dropped Johnson 6-2, 6-1 at fifth singles while Casagrande also won 6-2, 6-1 over Drake at sixth singles.

The Bobcats continue play at the White Sands Tourney against No. 7 University of West Florida Thursday, March 25 at 1 p.m.                                                                                                                   

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