September 23, 2012

Tennis Completes Time in ITA Southeast Region Championships with Strong Showing

SUMTER, S.C. – The North Georgia College & State University men's and women's tennis teams were in action again this past weekend as they competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Championships.

Both teams did extremely well, playing against some of the toughest compeition the Southeast Region has to offer.

For the women, Cameron Williams won the Women's A Singles Back Draw, posting six a 6-1 record on the weekend in singles action. What was more impressive was that Williams' third victory of the touranment came over Armstrong Atlantic State's Jennifer Rink – the first time North Georgia has ever defeated an Armstrong player.

Natalia Escobar also had a strong showing in the back draw as she recorded a pair of victories before falling 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinal round to Eckerd College's Miranda Guthrie.

In Women's B Singles action Adalyn Hazelman opened her tournament with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Lander's Renata Mello but then fell in her next contest to move into the back draw with teammate Nela Handac. After Handac cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of UNC Pembroke's Beverly Vause, she then faced her teammate, Hazelman with Hazelman coming out the victor 6-2, 7-6. Hazelman went on to post one more victory before bowing out of the compeition in the semifinal round.

In Women's B Doubles action, Escobar and Handac combined to defeat Lander's Julia Moriera and Ariel Svantesson 8-3 in their first match-up. The duo went on to defeat Young Harris' Charlotte Moreau and Lina Parra Pava  to advance to the finals where they eventually lost to Francis Marion's Kerry Hall and Caitlin Siney 9-8. 

On the men's side, Matues Camasmie and doubles partner Felipe Friedrich advanced to the Men's A Doubles "Round of 16 with a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday before falling 9-8 to Augusta State's Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes. Saturday's 8-3 victory came against the eighth-seeded duo in the tournament, Marco Almorin and Olivier Simonet from Columbus State.

Also on the men's side, Matheus Guida advanced into the "Round of 32" following a pair of victories on Friday, Sept. 21. Friedrich and Rodrigo Magan also recorded victories on Friday, but then moved into the backdraw bracket.

Both Magan and Friedrich advanced to the fourth round of the back draw, or consolation bracket, but were unable to advance furter. Magan fell 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6) to Gabriel Oiveria from Young Harris. Friedrich fell 6-1, 6-3 to Inigo Landaluce from Flagler College.