by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Ninth Annual Georgia College Men's Fall Championships started today (Sept. 11), indicating the onset of a new season for the Georgia College & State University men's tennis program.
The tourney included members of six different schools battling it out at the Centennial Tennis Facility Center: Georgia College, Augusta State University, Lander University, Lincoln Memorial University, Oxford Emory College and Young Harris College.
In Flight ‘A' Singles, freshman Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) advanced to the semifinal round defeating Lander's Carolos Marques 6-3, 7-5. Leborgne will face Paul-Henri Arrigoni of Lander tomorrow in semifinals action.
Senior Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) beat Jenner Stevenson of Augusta State 6-1, 6-3 but lost to Lander's Levan Clark 7-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinal match-up. Classmate Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) won against Juan Manrique of Lander 7-6, 6-7, 6-2. Beliankou is back in action tomorrow against Clark in a semifinal match-up.
In Flight ‘B' Singles, sophomore Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated Augusta State's Lipe Ramos 7-5, 6-1. Bernardes then beat Bastian Guenther 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Bernardes faces the winner of Laurenz Schraepen (Young Harris) and Rafael Hilhati (Augusta State) in semifinals action tomorrow.
In another quarterfinal matchup Lander's John Cappabianca beat Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Sophomore Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) was the only Bobcat competing in Flight ‘C' Singles play. Angelucci downed Cole Crawford of Young Harris 6-0, 6-1. Angelucci will face Jordan Brannon of Young Harris tomorrow in the semifinals.
In doubles action Casagrande and Leborgne were defeated 8-4 by Henrique Boturao and Bernardo Fernandes of Augusta State in Flight ‘A'. Also, in ‘A' action, Beliankou and Nucci will square off against Jan Labas and Jenner Stevenson of ASU.
Bernades and Angelucci ripped through Flight ‘B' winning two straight matches and advancing to the semifinals. The duo first beat Oxford-Emory's Chris Dickson and Raj Patel 8-0. After the shutout, the twosome beat Lander's Gary Bertoldo and Juan Manrique 8-3.
Play resumes tomorrow at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility with matches starting at 8:30 a.m.
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