MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University men’s tennis program hosted the first day of action at the Windstream GCSU Men’s Fall Championships Friday, inviting Lander University, Carson-Newman College, ABAC and Piedmont College to the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
The Bobcats have players in every semifinal for tomorrow, getting strong play from the entire roster.
In Flight ‘A’ Singles, junior Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) beat Max Desmars of Lander after a first round buy 6-0, 6-1 and will face Lander’s Carlos Marques tomorrow. Junior Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany) joins Leborgne in the semifinals, thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Piedmont’s Moses Das and a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Das’ teammate Joel Silverberg. Junior Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) lost a 6-3, 7-5 decision to Lander’s Marques in the first round. Bernardes rebounded with a 6-2, 6-4 over Rodolfo Schwartz of CN.
Sophomore Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) and junior Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) also advanced to the semifinals in the ‘B’ Flight today. Anderson beat Lander’s Ross Armstrong 7-5, 6-3 and followed that with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Heitor Couri of ABAC. Angelucci beat Carson-Newman’s Chris Acker 7-6, 7-6 in the first round, adding a 6-0, 6-1 win over Bryant Anglin ABAC.
Freshman Ruslan Bekoev (Surgut, Russia) won over ABAC’s Danillo Faria 6-1, 6-2 and then fell to John Cappabianca of Lander 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. Sophomore Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) started with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Piedmont’s Chris Davidson, but lost to Matthew Leffler of Lander 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.
In Flight ‘C’ freshman Mario Cardenas (Kennesaw, Ga.) toppled C-N’s Paul Birdsong in straight 6-2s, and nearly blanked Piedmont’s Greg Puckett 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles action begins tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
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