COLUMBUS, Ga. – The University of North Georgia men's and women's tennis teams fell Wednesday afternoon in Peach Belt Conference action at the hands of Columbus State University, both Cougar teams are ranked No. 7 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The No. 23 men fell 7-2 while the women fell 8-0.
On the men's side, Felipe Friedrich and doubles partner Matheus Guida combined to take down Gordan Divljak and Quentin Rayniere 8-2 who were ranked #10 in the nation as a doubles tandem.
Guida then turned around and took down Olivier Simonet 6-2, 5-7 (10-2), who is currently ranked 24th in the nation in NCAA Division II singles.
On the women's side, Natalia Escobar and Mathilda Baartvedt went up against the ninth-ranked doubles tandem of Paola Ciqui and Carolin Weikard. Ciqui is also ranked sixth in the nation in singles play.
North Georgia will next travel to Aiken, S.C. where they will take on the University of South Carolina Aiken on Saturday, Feb. 23 for a 2:30 p.m. match. USC Aiken's women are ranked 44th in the nation while the men are 35th.
#23 Men's Tennis vs. #7 Columbus State (L, 2-7) – Wednesday, Feb. 20
1D – Friedrich/Guida (UNG) def. #10 Divljak/Rayniere (CSU) 8-2
2D – Zoghlami/Simonet (CSU) def. Santos/Gantt (UNG) 9-7
3D – Marco Almorin/Sardelli (CSU) def. Mesquita/Ernesto Farinas (UNG) 8-5
1S – Quentin Rayniere (CSU) def. Felipe Friedrich (UNG) 6-0, 7-5
2S – Matheus Guida (UNG) def. #24 Olivier Simonet (CSU) 6-2, 5-7 (10-2)
3S – Gordan Divljak (CSU) def. Giovani Santos (UNG) 6-2, 6-0
4S – Danilo Sardelli (CSU) def. Sam Gantt (UNG) 6-0, 6-2
5S – Oussama Zoghlami (CSU) def. Anthony Veryard (UNG) 6-1, 6-4
6S – Adi Malicbegovic (CSU) def. Mario Mesquita (UNG) 6-1, 6-4
Women's Tennis vs. #7 Columbus State (0-8) – Wednesday, Feb. 20
1S – #6 Paola Ciqui (CSU)) def. Cameron Williams (UNG) 6-3, 6-0
2S – Carolin Weikard (CSU) def. Natalia Escobar (UNG) 6-1, 6-0
3S – #47 Olivera Jokic (CSU) def. Mathilda Baartvedt (UNG) 6-1, 6-1
4S – Laura Chapman (CSU) def. Natasha Bertolucci (UNG) 6-0, 7-5
5S – Andrea Redrado (CSU) def. Adalyn Hazelman (UNG) 6-0, 6-1
6S – Renata Paiva (CSU) vs. Jordan Poole (UNG) DNP