Two Singles and One Duo Take Home Championships For GCSU Tennis

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's tennis team looked impressive today (Sept. 12) taking two singles and a doubles championship at the Ninth Annual Windstream GCSU Men's Fall Championships. Sophomores Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) both took home titles in their respective singles flight and teamed together to win the Flight ‘B' Doubles.

The tourney included members of six different schools battling it out at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility: Georgia College, Augusta State University, Lander University, Lincoln Memorial University, Oxford Emory College and Young Harris College.

Angelucci shut out Jordan Brannon of Young Harris in straight 6-0 sets in the semifinals. Then, the Bobcat went on to defeat Brannon's teammate Mitchell Midkiff 6-1, 6-3 to capture the championship in Flight ‘C'.

In Flight ‘B', Bernardes beat Young Harris' Laurenz Schraepen 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the final round against Augusta State Henrique Boturao. It took three sets to determine the winner but in the end, Bernardes came out on top 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.

Angelucci and Bernardes needed a pair of wins today to pull of the title-winning double-dip. First, faced with the Lincoln Memorial team of Bastian Guenther and Zack Jones, the Bobcat duo pulled off a quick 8-3 victory.

In the finals, Angelucci and Bernardes were tested a bit more by the ASU pair of Wu Ferraz and Lipe Ramos, but emerged with the win, 8-5.

Seniors Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) and Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) beat the team of Jan Labas and Jenner Stevenson of Augusta State 9-8 in the semifinals of Flight ‘A'.  In the championship match, Beliankou and Nucci fell 9-8 to the team of Boturao and Bernando Fernandes of ASU.

In other day two action, Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) fell to Paul-Henri Arrigoni of Lander in a semifinal match-up in straight 6-3 sets.  Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) won the consolation final over Labas 6-3, 6-3.

The Bobcats return to the courts Sept. 18-21 to compete in the ITA Southeast Regionals hosted by Francis Marion University.

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