#6 Georgia College Slashes Saints 7-2, Clinches Share of PBC Title

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 6 Georgia College & State University men's tennis team (14-2, 7-0 PBC) slammed past the Saints of North Georgia (5-10, 1-5 PBC) 7-2 today (April 9). The Bobcats have clinched at least a share of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Regular-Season Championship. 

Georgia College took two in doubles play at the second and third doubles slot. 

An unfamiliar duo of Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) got their first victory as a pair as they defeated Daniel Aguilon and Brandon Sloan 8-2 at third doubles. 

At second doubles, the Bobcat twosome of Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) beat North Georgia's Samuel Moore and Luciano Paes Neto 8-4. Beliankou and Bernardes are now 3-2 on the season. The Georgia College pair of Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) fell to the Saints' Grant Partrick and Adrien Saulais 8-5. 

National No. 8 Siqueira won 6-4, 6-1 over Neto at first singles. The senior improves to 11-4 on the year in singles action with a team high seven wins in a row. At the two spot, No. 24 Yoshimoto defeated Moore 6-2, 6-1. Yoshimoto moves to 13-3 in singles play on the season, owning the team lead in wins. 

Beliankou beat Aguilon 6-2, 7-5 at third singles and moves to 12-4 on the 2009 spring campaign. At fourth singles, the Bobcats' Bernardes fell 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 to the Saints' Patrick. 

Casagrande was victorious 6-1, 6-0 over Saulais at number five singles, and Angelucci defeated Sloan 6-1, 6-2 at six singles as he remains an undefeated 4-0 on the season.  

The PBC regular season title is the first in program history, and the first conference title in men's tennis in 20 years, as the NAIA era then-Colonials were Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions in 1989. 

The Bobcats wrap up the regular season hosting No. 18 Lander University for Senior Day Monday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. 

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