Leborgne and Bernardes Take Home Titles

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant 

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Four Bobcats of the Georgia College & State University men's tennis team competed this past weekend (Oct. 2-3) at the Chick-fil-a Collegiate Championships hosted by Augusta State University, with two netters winning their singles flights.

Freshman Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) won Flight ‘2' after defeating Jan Labas of Augusta State 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a semifinal match. In the finals, Leborgne nearly shut out Labas' teammate Rafael Milhati 6-2, 6-0.

In Flight ‘3' singles, sophomore Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) swept through the competition winning three matches to take the title. In the first match, Bernardes defeated USC Aiken's Filipe Garcia 6-1, 6-3. Bernardes then beat Derrick Taylor of ABAC 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the semis to advance to finals against Ben Klaas of USC Aiken, winning 6-2, 7-5.  The victory brought Bernardes his second tournament title as he won the Flight ‘B' Windstream/Georgia College's Men's Tennis Fall Championship.

Also in singles competition, senior Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) was shutout 6-0, 6-0 to Augusta State's Bernardo Ferrandes in the opening round in Flight ‘1' action. Beliankou then fell 6-3, 7-6 in the consolation draw to Gregory Andrade of USC Aiken. Sophomore Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) beat Berry College's Daniel Mician 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, and then lost 6-3, 6-4 to Klaas.

In doubles play, Leborgne and Bernardes defeated Aiken's Andrade and Garcia 9-7 before falling 8-4 to the ABAC duo of Martin Cederqvist and Rasid Winklaar in Flight ‘1'. In Flight ‘2' doubles, Angelucci and Beliankou received a bye in the first round to advance to the semifinals. The Bobcat twosome was defeated 8-5 by Aiken's Nathan Berlyn and Nick Markewicz.

This concludes the fall season for the Bobcat tennis programs.

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