by Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men’s tennis team goes into the 2011 spring season with the same roster presented in the fall.
The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) should be tough as always, with seven teams ranked in the preseason top-20. Georgia College is ranked No. 12 in the nation and without a single senior on their roster. GC plays 11 of the top-25 teams in the nation including, No. 1 Barry University and No. 8 University of West Florida.
“Anyone can beat anyone in the Peach Belt,” said head coach Steve Barsby. “We have a real tough schedule this spring but we should fare well. As far as doubles teams go we are not sure who is going to play together yet. We are going to mix up partners and see what we have.”
Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) was named to All-PBC Second Team last season and a PBC Gold Scholar. Leborgne went 10-8 in singles play, all in the number one spot. Six of those eight losses came against nationally-ranked opponents. This past fall Leborgne won the Flight “A” Singles at the Windstream GCSU Men's Fall Championship. “Leborgne is a really good player and he has a shot to be an All-American this season.”
Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) went 15-5 in singles action, good for second on the team in victories. Bernardes finished 1-0 in the second slot, 7-3 at fourth singles and 7-2 in the fifth spot. “Leo had a good fall and we expect him to continue that play into the spring.”
Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) went 1-0 in singles action, adding a 2-1 mark teaming with graduated senior Max Beliankou in doubles.
“We are hoping for big things from our two first year players.” Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany) is a transfer from Mannheim, Germany and should be a good addition to this young squad. Rausch was defeated in the Flight “A” Singles championship by Leborgne in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Rausch and Leborgne swept through the Flight “A” Doubles taking the title.
Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) went 8-3 in singles action with a 1-1 mark in doubles, teaming with Beliankou and Bernardes. Andersson went 1-0 in the third slot, 4-0 in fifth and 3-3 in sixth. Andersson won the Flight “B” Singles this past fall at the Windstream GCSU Men's Fall Championship.
Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) went 4-0 in singles adding a 6-2 doubles mark, teaming with Joao Casagrande, Bernardes and Leborgne. Franks went 1-0 in fourth singles, adding a 3-0 mark in the sixth slot. Franks and Andersson also won the Flight “B” Doubles championship at the Windstream GCSU Men's Fall Championship.
Johan Wadstein (Helsinborg, Sweden) went 12-6 all in second singles, ranking third on the team in singles wins and garnered a 4-4 PBC singles mark.
Ruslan Bekoev (Surgut, Russia) and Mario Cardenas (Kennesaw, Ga.) are both new additions to the squad this year and hope to be major contributors in the spring. Cardenas swept through the Flight “C” Singles at the Windstream GCSU Men's Fall Championship to take the title.
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