March 29, 2012

Saints Make First-Ever Appearance in National Rankings at No. 25

Contact: Steve Cunha,

DAHLONEGA, GA - For the first time in program history the North Georgia men's tennis team has earned a national ranking, checking in at No. 25 in the latest ITA Top 40 poll released on Wednesday evening.

After being previously unranked in the last poll released in late February, the Saints jump into the top 40 in the country thanks in part to a five match winning streak.

The Peach Belt Conference dominated the poll with an impressive nine teams in the top 35. Armstrong tops the poll riding a 16 match winning streak and a perfect record, while West Florida jumped up five spots to No. 2. Barry is in third with Lynn and Valdosta State rounding out the top five.

The PBC teams following the Pirates were Columbus State (8), Lander (9), Francis Marion (10), Augusta State (12), North Georgia (25), Flagler (27), Georgia College (29), and USC Aiken (33).

Since the last poll was released the Saints have won seven of their eight matches including a thrilling road upset over Flagler in St. Augustine on March 3. The lone set back during the Saints march into the top 25 came on the road against Armstrong on March 4.

Leading the way for the Saints this year in doubles action has been the duo of Felipe Friedrich and Mateus Camasmie who are 8-4 on the year and ranked 10th in the Southeast region.

In singles action, Camasmie, Friedrich and Matheus Guida are all 9-3 on the year. Guida has won three straight matches, while Friedrich has won his last five matches.

The Saints return to action later this afternoon when they host in-state rival in Columbus State in a top 25 battle. First serve is scheduled for 2:00 pm.