NCAA Tournament: Columbus State Downs North Georgia 5-1
Columbus – The eighth-ranked Columbus State University men's tennis team downed 25th ranked North Georgia 5-1 Saturday morning in the NCAA Southeast Region Bracket Two Semifinals. The match took place at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on the campus of CSU.
With the victory, the Cougars will advance to tomorrow's finals and will take on the winner of the other semifinal match between Lander and Augusta State. The finals will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Blackmon Tennis Center.
"North Georgia played really well today," said CSU head coach Evan Isaacs. "I give them a lot of credit and I think we play decent but in order to advance where we would like to go, we must play much better."
CSU (23-3) got on the board first in doubles play as sixth-ranked Olivier Simonet and Martin Shishkov easily defeated Mathew Guida and Rodrigo Magan 8-1 at the second position. First and third doubles were very competitive with each team exchanging blows. The Saints (14-9) recorded a victory at first doubles when Felipe Friedrich and Mateus Camasmie took down Quentin Rayniere and Gordan Divljak 8-6.
In the deciding doubles match, Adi Malicbegovic and Michael Trebuhov rallied from being down 5-2 at third doubles to defeat Giovani Santos and Brandon Sloan 8-6.
In singles action, Rayniere gave the Cougars their third victory of the day taking down Guida 6-2, 6-3 at third singles. Almost simultaneous, Shishkov and Trebuhov won at fourth and fifth singles, respectively to clinch the match for Columbus State.
Shishkov won his match 6-1, 6-3 against Magan while Trebuhov won 6-0, 6-3 over Santos.
Both Divljak and Danilo Sardelli were up a set in their matches when play was called while 23rd ranked Simonet lost the first set against Friedrich 6-2.
1. #23 Olivier Simonet (CSU) vs. Felipe Friedrich (NGA) - 2-6, 4-3 unfinished
2. #48 Gordan Divljak (CSU) vs. Mateus Camasmie (NGA) - 6-3, 1-4 unfinished
3. Quentin Rayniere (CSU) def. Mathew Guida (NGA) - 6-2, 6-3
4. Martin Shishkov (CSU) def. Rodrigo Magan (NGA) - 6-1, 6-3
5. Michael Trebuhov (CSU) def. Giovani Santos (NGA) - 6-0, 6-3
6. Danilo Sardelli (CSU) vs. Brandon Sloan (NGA) - 6-1, 3-4 unfinished
1. Friedrich/Camasmie (NGA) def. Divljak/Rayniere (CSU) - 8-6
2. #6 Simonet/Shishkov (CSU) def. Guida/Magan (NGA) - 8-1
3. Adi Malicbegovic/Trebuhov (CSU) def. Santos/Sloan (NGA) – 8-6