MILEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's tennis team opened its season today (Sept. 12) in the best way possible, winning every match they played in the Eighth Annual Georgia College Men's Fall Championships.
The tournament featured members of seven different schools converging on Milledgeville: Georgia College, Augusta State University, Lander University, Lees-McRae College, Lincoln Memorial University, Oxford Emory College and Florida Tech.
In Flight ‘A' Singles action, senior Francis Yoshimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made quick work of Lees-McRae's Shaun Sumner 6-2, 6-1. Junior Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) had a bit tougher time, expending Hannes Ganss of LMU in 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.
In Flight ‘B' Singles it was more of the same, as junior Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) topped off Oxford-Emory's Emilio Casillas 6-1, 6-1 in the first round. After both gaining byes in round one, senior Justin Pickham (Armidale, Australia) and junior Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) each gained second-round wins. Pickham beat Wu Ferraz of ASU 6-2, 6-1 and Beliankou blitzed Florida Tech's Yan Rodriguez 6-0, 6-4. Casagrande picked up his second win of the day with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 edging of Florida Tech's James McLane.
The Bobcats sent two into the field for Flight ‘C' Singles. Freshman Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) was the only one to compete today, topping Oxford-Emory's Billy Boykin 6-1, 6-1.
In Flight ‘A' Doubles, Casagrande and Yoshimoto teamed for an 8-4 win over Alek Mojski and Nandor Solymosi from Lees McRae. In Flight ‘B', Angelucci and Kyle Uhles (Cumming, Ga.) added an 8-2 win over Zack Jones and Gabor Szabo of LMU.
Action continues tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
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