MOBILE, Ala. - Garnering a pair of exciting wins today (Oct. 16), the top men's doubles squad from Georgia College & State University tennis will play for the Division II Men's Doubles Championship tomorrow at the Super Bowl of Small College Tennis.
Seniors Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) and Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil), teaming together for the first semester, are one win away from doing what no other tennis pair or individual has accomplished in Georgia College history.
The day started with a two-set win over a doubles team from BYU-Hawaii. The Bobcat pair cleaned up on Rong Ma and Agnel Peter 6-2, 6-4. Down 4-3 in the second set, Pickham and Siqueira broke serve and rode it the rest of the way for the win.
In the semifinal round, the Bobcats took on Concordia College's Alex Rubin and Richard Malobicky. The No. 2-seeded Pickham and Siquiera took the first set 6-2, but dropped the second one 6-3. The tight battle went to a super tiebreaker in the third set. Down 9-8 for match point in the tiebreaker, Pickham dropped a shot dead-on the baseline to bring the match to 9-9. Using that as a rallying point, the duo then took the final two points for a come-from-behind 11-9 win.
The Georgia College pair will take on Lynn University's Julien Carsuzaa and Alessandro Sarra, the No. 4 seed. The Lynn duo dropped top-seeded Ryan Hudson and Juan Nunez from Abilene Christian University today 6-2, 7-5.
Pickham and Siqueira are the first Georgia College men's duo to make it to the title match in the ITA Division II Championship tournament. The last Bobcat pair to make it this far was on the women's side when Luiza Biktyakova and Mia Paavilainen did so in 2002. No GCSU team or individual has ever won the championship.
The title match begins tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. central time.
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