September 26, 2011

Bobcat Tennis Finishes Strong at ITA Southeast Regional

SUMTER, S.C. – A Flight ‘B’ Doubles victory and an appearance in the Flight ‘A’ Singles final highlighted the final day of action for Georgia College tennis Monday at the 2011 ITA Southeast Regional Championships. 

The Flight ‘B’ Bobcat duo of Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) took the tournament championship with a pair of victories on the final day. In the semifinals, GC took down Henric Falkenberg and Akio Mariano of Mount Olive College by a slim 9-8 score.

In the finals, Martin Harach and Gabriel Oliveira of Young Harris College fell victim to the Bernardes/Andersson buzzsaw in an 8-6 loss. On the tournament, the Bobcat duo won five matches. 

Senior Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) had an impressive run, picking up three victories Sunday and one more today for a finals appearance. Leborgne ran through USC Aiken’s Lucas Gobbi 6-1, 7-5 in round two, then beat No. 10-seed Daniel Regan of Armstrong 6-0, 6-4. Leborgne then plundered another Pirate with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Armstrong No. 13-seed Pedro Scocuglia to cap Sunday’s action.

Leborgne’s semifinal Monday started with a marathon three-setter over Olivier Simonet of Columbus State University. After a 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 victory over a conference foe, the Bobcat netter advanced to face Queens University’s No. 3-seed Christiaan Lee-Daigle. Perhaps feeling the effects of a weekend full of tennis, Leborgne fell to the Queens netter 6-0, 6-2. 

On the women’s side, junior Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) and freshman Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had worked their way to the semifinal round of the ‘B’ Singles flight.

Pridgeon blitzed Young Harris’ Stormy Dvorak 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals, advancing to face Jane Plevako of YHC. She ended the freshman’s run with a 6-2, 6-4 finish. 

Lingner had won three matches over the weekend, including a quarterfinal three-set battle with Kimberley Hurter of Francis Marion University 4-6, 6-3, 1-0. In the semifinals, Lingner took on Young Harris’ Charlotte Dawson and fell by a 6-1, 6-3 score.

The Bobcat women are back in action Friday, Sept. 30, hosting the Windstream Georgia College Women’s Fall Championships. 

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