#4 Bobcats Trounce Trojans, 9-0

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 4 men's tennis team at Georgia College & State University (9-1, 5-0 PBC) smashed Mount Olive College 9-0 today (March 12).

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead winning all three double matches.

In first doubles, the duo of Erick Siqueria (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) rolled past the team of Frederico Barros and Murilo Pelegrino 8-1.

The Sao Paulo twosome of Joao Casagrande and Francis Yoshimoto defeated Alexandre Queiros and Daniel Mosteanu 8-2 at second doubles. Rounding out the doubles action, Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) and Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) won 8-4 over Diogo Miranda and Diogo Sender.

Siqueria defeated Queiros 6-2, 6-1 at the number one singles match. Siqueria moves to 5-4 in singles play on the year.

Pickham upended Mosteanu 6-1, 6-0. The Australian native is now 7-2 during 2009 competition.

At third singles, Yoshimoto beat Barros 6-0, 6-1. Yoshimoto has won seven straight singles matches improving to 9-1 on the season.

Beliankou got the win over Pelegrino 6-2, 6-3 which puts him 8-2 on the season.

With a 6-2, 6-1 Nucci victory over Sender, Nucci is now 5-3 in singles action this year.

Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) won his second-straight match in consecutive days. Bernardes won the first set 6-2 and was up 3-0 before Miranda retired. 

The No.4 Bobcats have won seven matches in a row. Georgia College is back in action Saturday, March 14 against the No. 16 Lander University Bearcats at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility with matches starting at 1 p.m.

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