SUMTER, SC – The North Georgia men's tennis
team debuted last weekend, traveling to the South Carolina for the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeastern Regional.
While inclement weather was the story of the weekend, North Georgia put together some impressive runs in singles and doubles.
In the Men's Singles A-Draw, Felipe Friedrich had an impressive showing, taking down Wingate's Braeden Patchell in the opening round, before putting nationally ranked GCSU's Jerome Leborgne on the ropes in the round of 32. The sophomore was serving to win the match before falling 6-0, 6-7, 7-5 to the league rival.
Mateus Camasmie ran through the Men's Singles B-Draw, taking down Catawba's Tycho Lambergitis in straight sets to open the weekend, before getting past Wingate's Fernando Montemurro and Mount Olive's Diogo Sender, also in straight sets, to advance to the quarterfinal round. In the quarters, Camasmie went up against Mount Olive's Thiago Dualiby and dropped the first set 4-6, before rallying back and taking the final two sets 6-2 and 6-0 to advance to the championship round where he withdrew due to travel arrangements.
Adrien Saulais received an opening round bye, but edged Flagler's Ureild Oquendo in the second round, and topped Renato Mendes from Barton College who retired due to injury in the second set. Saulais then went up against GCSU's Tyler Franks and fell 6-2, 6-4.
Giovani Santos opened the weekend with a three-set victory over Lander's Ross Armstrong, but fell in the second round to Francis Marion's Ryan Siney 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.
Ernesto Farinias fell to Augusta State's Jenner Stevenson in straight sets, before coming back in the consolation bracket advancing to the quarterfinal round, including a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Francis Marion's Mickey Poirier.
Brandon Sloan suffered a loss to Pfeiffer's Ben Hunter in his opening match, and after dropping to the consolation bracket, went up against Lander's Armstrong and fell 6-2, 6-2 to the Peach Belt Conference foe.
David Konigsberg and Jake Richardson both dropped first-round matches, but Konigsberg advanced to the second round of the consolation draw following a withdraw from Augusta State's Sergi Forcadel.
In doubles action, Camasmie and Santos teamed up to win four straight matches, including a 9-8 victory over Francis Marion's Mickey Poirier and Tanguy Montoisy to advance to the championship where the duo withdrew due to travel arrangements.
The ITA Regional Championships, sponsored by the USTA, date back to 1981 and for nearly two decades were also known as the Rolex Regional Championships. The ITA Regional Championships featured the top men's and women's players from each of the ITA's regions. All in all, 8,000 varsity tennis players from 600 schools participated in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships.