April 20, 2012

Saints Fall to Cougars in Opening Round of PBC Tournament

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh203@northgeorgia.edu

GREENWOOD, SC – The No. 25 North Georgia men's tennis team saw their season come to an end on Friday morning as they lost 5-1 to No. 8 Columbus State in the opening round of the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

The Saints (14-8) put a lid on their best season in program history as they await a possible birth in the NCAA Regionals, while the Cougars (21-2) won their fifth straight contest advancing to the tournament semifinals.

The Cougars came racing out of the gates taking two out of the three doubles matches and never looked back en route to their seventh straight victory over the Saints.

The lone point scorers for North Georgia was the duo of Brandon Sloan and Giovani Santos who won their match at No. 3 doubles 8-6, while Rodrigo Magan and Matheus Guida dropped a 9-7 heartbreaker at No 2 doubles.

In Singles action the Cougars won three matches quickly in straight sets to send the Saints home from their first conference tournament appearance in two years.

When the match was ended Mateus Camasmie was battling back in the second set of his match at No 2 singles and Magan had just dropped the first set of his contest 7-6 at No. 4 singles.

North Georgia now heads back to Dahlonega, where they will await word on whether or not they have qualified for the program's first ever NCAA Regional birth.

#8 Columbus State 5, #25 North Georgia 1
Apr 20, 2012 at Greenwood, S.C. (Joe Cabri Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. #23 Olivier Simonet (CSU) vs. Felipe Friedrich (NGMEN) 2-6, 5-1, unfinished
2. #48 Gordan Divljak (CSU) vs. Mateus Camasmie (NGMEN) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished
3. Quentin Rayniere (CSU) def. Mathew Guida (NGMEN) 6-2, 6-2
4. Martin Shishkov (CSU) vs. Rodrigo Magan (NGMEN) 7-6, unfinished
5. Michael Trebuhov (CSU) def. Giovani Santos (NGMEN) 6-1, 6-3
6. Danilo Sardelli (CSU) def. Brandon Sloan (NGMEN) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Gordan Divljak/Quentin Rayniere (CSU) def. Felipe Friedrich/Mateus Camasmie (NGMEN) 8-4
2. Olivier Simonet/Martin Shishkov (CSU) def. Mathew Guida/Rodrigo Magan (NGMEN) 9-7
3. Giovani Santos/Brandon Sloan (NGMEN) def. Adi Malicbegovic/Michael Trebuhov (CSU) 8-6
Match Notes
North Georgia 14-8; National ranking #25
Columbus State 21-2; National ranking #8
Peach Belt Conference Tournament Quarterfinals