Men’s Tennis Among Nation’s Elite

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant 

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Georgia College & State University men's tennis team (13-2, 6-0 PBC) sits in a two-way tie for the first place in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Ranking with Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rival Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Georgia College upset the Pirates Feb. 24, which ended Armstrong's 38-match win streak and gave the Pirates their first regular season PBC loss since 2005.

The Bobcats also found their name among the nation's best as they are ranked No. 6 in the country, dropping two spots since the latest poll. 

A trio of seniors are ranked both nationally and in the region while one doubles team is ranked in region.

Erick Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was slotted at No. 8 in the country. Fellow teammate and doubles partner, Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) was notched at No. 15 and Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was ranked No. 24 in the nation.

Siqueira has a 10-4 mark in singles play on the year. Pickham posts an 11-3 mark on the 2009 campaign and Yoshimoto leads the team with a 12 wins with a 12-3 record.

In the Southeast Regional ranking, Siqueira ranks fourth. Pickham is ranked at No. 6 and Yoshimoto is at the No. 12 slot.

The duo of Pickham and Siqueira sits atop the doubles list at No.1 in the region.  The duo is 13-1 on the year and have not lost a match since falling to Valdosta State University 9-0 who was No. 3 in the country at the time.

Georgia College is one of 15 Division II schools to have both their women's and men's programs ranked inside this week's top-25. The Bobcat women's tennis is ranked No. 22.

The Bobcats travels to face PBC opponent North Georgia Friday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m.

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