by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's tennis team was presented with watches for winning the 2009 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) regular season championship at halftime of the men's basketball game Dec. 3, 2009 against Carver Bible College.
For the first time in school history, the Bobcats captured the title going undefeated in PBC play. Feb. 24, 2009 will go down in the Georgia College history books as the day they upended defending national champions, No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University. The Bobcats beat the Pirates 5-4 when Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) defeated Tim Johannsen in a grueling match that went three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. The victory also ended Armstrong's 38-match win streak and gave the Pirates their first regular season PBC loss since 2005.
Steve Barsby earned his second PBC Coach of the Year award after leading Georgia College to their first PBC regular season championship in 2009. Now in his 10th season at GCSU, Barsby led the Bobcats to an undefeated 7-0 conference record, 18-4 overall and a No. 6 national ranking. The 18 victories by the Bobcats this season ties the 2005 squad for second-most in program history. For his efforts, Barsby was also named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
Erick Siqueria (2004-09) and Justin Pickham (2007-09) made First Team All-Conference as doubles partners and in singles competition. Francis Yoshimoto (2007-09) was named to Second Team All-Conference. Siqueria and Pickham were named All-Americans by the ITA.
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.