#15 Bobcat Tennis’ Leborgne Wins Region Arthur Ashe Award

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SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced its region postseason award winners, with No. 15 Georgia College men’s tennis senior Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) being selected the Southeast Region Arthur Ashe Award winner for leadership and sportsmanship.

The No. 27 singles player in the country, Leborgne was a two-time All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) singles player and a one-time doubles honoree as well. He recently received the school’s top honor as Senior Male Athlete of the Year.

Leborgne went 32-27 in spring singles action during his career, including a 38-28 mark in spring doubles as well.

The Bobcat senior now moves on to the national ballot for the Arthur Ashe Award, with results to be announced this week.

Leborgne is the fourth Georgia College men’s tennis player to earn Regional Arthur Ashe Award honors, with the most recent one being Jonas Frisk in 1994. No GC men’s player has ever won the national honor, but Luiza Biktyakova took the national award for the women’s side in 2003.

The Bobcats have wrapped up a 2012 season that saw GC go 12-9, earn the No. 5-seed in the PBC Tournament, and eventually fall in the Southeast Region No. 1 final. The Bobcats put a pairing on the All-PBC first team in doubles and added a second team singles player. The GC men have now made five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.

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