DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia men's tennis team made it a clean 9-0 sweep over Newberry College on Tuesday afternoon, blanking the Wolves at the Yahoola Creek Tennis Facility in non-conference action.
The Saints have now won three of their first five matches to open the season, improving to 3-2 overall on the season, while Newberry drops to 1-6 on the year.
North Georgia got off to a quick start in doubles play as Brandon Sloan and Felipe Friedrich dominated at No. 1 doubles, picking the 8-1 victory, while Adrien Saulais and Mateus Camasmie held on for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Giovani Santos and Ernesto Farinas made it a clean sweep with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles, giving the Saints a commanding lead heading to singles play.
The Saints continued to blank the Wolves in singles play, including a pair of three-set matches, as Camasmie pulled out a 7-2 tiebreaker in the second set to win 6-4, 7-6 at No. 2 singles.
Andy McMaster made his debut for the 2011 season at No. 6 singles, and after falling 4-6 in the opening set, he rallied with wins in back-to-back sets, taking down David Sons 6-1, 6-4 in the final two sets to grab the win.
Saulais also had a slow start at No. 3 three singles, dropping the opening set 2-6, but rallying late in the day and taking the second 6-4, before coming back edging Mohammed Chakir 10-7 in the 10-point tiebreaker to give the Saints a 9-0 victory.
The Saints will now enjoy their longest break of the season between matches, taking 10 days off before returning to action on March 5, in Americus, Ga., with a Peach Belt Conference battle with Georgia Southwestern. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. against the Hurricanes.
|1. Felipe Friedrich (NGCSUM) def. Michael Saunders (NEWM) 6-4, 6-3|
|2. Mateus Camasmie (NGCSUM) def. Vinicius Botelho (NEWM) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)|
|3. Adrien Saulais (NGCSUM) def. Mohammed Chakir (NEWM) 2-6, 6-4, 10-7|
|4. Brandon Sloan (NGCSUM) def. Jeffery Kiser (NEWM) 6-2, 6-2|
|5. Ernesto Farinas (NGCSUM) def. Michael Woolard (NEWM) 6-1, 6-1|
|6. Andy McMaster (NGCSUM) def. David Sons (NEWM) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4|
|1. Brandon Sloan/Felipe Friedrich (NGCSUM) def. Vinicius Botelho/Michael Woolard (NEWM) 8-1|
|2. Adrien Saulais/Mateus Camasmie (NGCSUM) def. Michael Saunders/Mohammed Chakir (NEWM) 8-3|
|3. Giovani Santos/Ernesto Farinas (NGCSUM) def. Jeffery Kiser/James Bethea (NEWM) 8-2|
|North Georgia 3-2|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,1,6,2,4,3)|