by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
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AMERICUS, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University tennis teams breezed through play today (Feb. 1) opening the season by winning 18 matches against Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent, Georgia Southwestern University. Each Bobcat team took a 9-0 win, both improving to 1-0 and 1-0 in PBC play.
Ranked No. 48 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Marjorie Ceppo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated Leady Cuellar 7-5, 6-1 while Ceppo's doubles partner, Gabby Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) defeated Ashley Waters 6-1, 6-0.
Bobcat netter Diane Danna (Saint Germain-En-Laye, France) took care of Hurricane Lauren Grogan 6-1, 6-1. GSW's Monica Osam was topped by Bertille Lion (Saint Cyr, France) of Georgia College. Adrianna Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) trounced Adrienne Demarest 6-0, 6-1 and Angy Cuellar, GSW's Cuellar younger sister, blanked Leighann Fall 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles action, the Bobcat duo of Ceppo and Gabby Acuna smashed Cuellar and Grogan 8-1. The pair of Danna and Lion shut-out Waters and Osam 8-0 and Georgia College's Cuellar and Adrianna Acuna defeated Georgia Southwestern's Demarest and Fall 8-1.
In the third singles slot, No. 24 Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) canned Southwestern's Brenton Hochstetler 6-0, 6-2 and at fourth singles, Max Beliankou (Minsk,Belarus) defeated his opponent, Ricard Carson, 6-1, 6-1. Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) smacked Chase Woodall 6-2, 6-0 and Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) rounds out the singles wins over Andrew McElveen 6-2, 6-2.
In the smallest margin of victory, the No. 2 doubles team in the nation of Siqueira and Pickham outsmarted Bjerregaard and Hochstetler 8-5. The 24th best duo of Yoshimoto and Casagrande were victorious 8-1 against the team of Carson and Clarke. Nucci and Kyle Uhles (Cumming, Ga.) topped Woodall and McElveen 8-1.
"This is a great way to start the 2009 season on such a positive note," said head coach Steve Barsby. "I'm looking forward to next Sunday (Feb. 8) when we face very athletic Valdosta State teams. This will be a true test and measuring stick for how we will fare the rest of the season."
The men's next match will be in Atlanta against Morehouse College Saturday Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. Both teams will face Valdosta State University which is slotted No. 3 in both men's and women's play, Sunday Feb. 8 in Milledgeville starting at 2 p.m.
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