by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 14 Georgia College & State University men’s tennis team (13-5) collected its seventh shutout of the season Sunday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility, downing the Savannah College of Art and Design 9-0.
At first doubles, senior Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) teamed with sophomore Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) to overpower SCAD’s Dean Loock and Kaan Yaylali 8-6. Georgia College seniors Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) and Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) improved to 8-4, destroying Yusuke Kusuda and Romeo Juhasz 8-1. The Bobcats won third doubles by default, taking a 3-0 lead.
In singles action, Leborgne went the distance against Kusuda, winning 6-4, 4-6 and 11-9. The sophomore improved to 10-6 on the season. Slotted second, Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) swept Loock in a pair of 6-2 sets, going to 11-5 overall.
In the No. 3 spot, Beliankou beat Yaylali 6-2 and 6-4, snagging his 14th individual win this season. The senior leads the ‘Cats with a 14-3 record for the 2010 campaign, taking nine out of his last 10 matches.
Nucci battled Juhasz to a 7-5, 6-3 victory in the fourth position. Georgia College claimed fifth and sixth singles by default, taking the match 9-0.
The Bobcats are back action Wednesday, April 14 hosting No. 12 Lander University for Senior Day starting at 2:30 p.m.
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