March 31, 2012

Saints Struggle in Top 25 Matchup, Fall to No. 9 Lander

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The No. 25 North Georgia men's tennis team dropped their second straight Peach Belt Conference match on Saturday afternoon falling 8-1 to No. 9 Lander at the North Georgia Tennis Complex.

The Saints (12-4, 2-3 PBC) are now 2-3 against ranked opponents, while the Bearcats (14-3, 5-2 PBC) bounced back from a 9-0 defeat to top-ranked Armstrong. 

The Saints fell down 2-1 early in doubles despite having match point in two of the contests. The duo of Brandon Sloan and Giovani Santos raced to an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles. Felipe Friedrich and Mateus Camasmie jumped out to an early 5-2 lead at No. 1 doubles but dropped six of the last seven games to fall 8-6.

Rodrigo Magan and Matheus Guida lost a marathon match at No. 2 doubles falling 9-8 (7-2). Magan and Guida had match point at two different times during the match, but the Bearcat duo of Oscar Axelsson and Ross Armstrong rallied to steal the victory. 

In singles action the Bearcats ran away with the match taking five of the six matches in straight sets. Magan found himself in a battle once again as he took the first 7-6 (7-4), but dropped the second set 5-7. Lander's Samuel Poutignat then took the tie breaker 10-5 to put Magan away.

The Saints look to bounce back on Sunday, April 1, as they play host to USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference action.

#9 Lander University 8, #25 North Georgia 1
Mar 31, 2012 at Dahlonega, Georgia (North Georgia Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #16 Paul-Henri Arrigoni (LUM) def. Felipe Friedrich (NGMEN) 6-2, 6-0
2. #41 Vincent Verpeaux (LUM) def. Mateus Camasmie (NGMEN) 6-3, 6-1
3. Adam Jonsson (LUM) def. Mathew Guida (NGMEN) 6-4, 6-2
4. Samuel Poutignat (LUM) def. Rodrigo Magan (NGMEN) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 10-5
5. Diego Zegarra (LUM) def. Giovani Santos (NGMEN) 6-3, 6-2
6. Oscar Axelsson (LUM) def. Brandon Sloan (NGMEN) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Vincent Verpeaux/Adam Jonsson (LUM) def. Felipe Friedrich/Mateus Camasmie (NGMEN) 8-6
2. Oscar Axelsson/Ross Armstrong (LUM) def. Mathew Guida/Rodrigo Magan (NGMEN) 9-8 (7-2)
3. Giovani Santos/Brandon Sloan (NGMEN) def. Samuel Poutignat/Paul-Henri Arrigoni (LUM) 8-3
Match Notes
Lander University 14-3, 5-2 PBC; National ranking #9
North Georgia 12-4, 2-3 PBC; National ranking #25
T-4:50 A-89