COLUMBUS, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University men's and women's tennis teams began their 2012 fall campaign this past weekend at the Columbus State University Fall Invitational. Within the field of four men's teams and five women's were six teams ranked in the top-25 of the nation giving the Saints some of the best competition they could hope to face to start the year.
On the men's side Shorter College started last year ranked near the top-10 in NAIA and finished the season ranked 25th in the nation. NCAA Division II opponents included seventh-ranked Columbus State, No. 13 Saint Leo and the North Georgia men who are currently 26th in the nation.
While the men were unable to break through with a win on Friday, they did play extremely well includnig just missing the mark in two matches that went to the third set. In those matches, instead of a normal third set, the tournament had players play a 10-point tiebreaker.
The Saint men claimed two big doubles wins over Columbus State at No. 1 and No. 3 during the weekend. In the one of the first matches of Saturday, Felipe Friedrich and Mateus Camasmie took down the Cougars' Gordan Divljak and Quentin Rayniere to give the Saints their first win of the weekend. The duo claimed two of their three matches of the three-day tournament.
Matheus Guida won two of his three singles matches including a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Colt Kelley of Shorter. He also defeated Rayniere of Columbus State in singles action while teammate Rodrigo Magan defeated Robert Watson of Shorter 6-0, 6-0.
For the women, the five-team, three-day tournament featured host-school Columbus State – ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II – along with Saint Leo at No. 12 and 11th-ranked NAIA school Shorter College. Clayton State was also in attendance giving the Saints some good Peach Belt Conference action heading into the season.
Both Cameron Williams and Jordan Poole won two of their three singles matches during the weekend. Williams played three 10-point tiebreakers while Poole's lone loss came in her lone 10-point tiebreaker.
Tiffany Meyers joined Williams and Poole as winners on Friday as she defeated Jessica Budd from Clayton State 2-6, 6-3, 10-2. Adalyn Hazelman also claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win on Saturday over Shorter's Aurore Betrando and Nela Handac claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Clayton State's Martina Dedaj.
Both the men and the women will continue their fall schedule this weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Assocaition (ITA) Southeast Regional Championships held in Sumter, S.C. The tournament will go from Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23.