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April 12, 2014

Abraham Baldwin reclaims trophy from GPC

Jaguar freshman Sam Slade won twice, but Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College regained the throne in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Saturday with a 6-3 championship victory over the Jaguars in Tifton.

Celestin Nkoueleue

Sam Slade

The perennially powerful Stallions won two doubles and four singles matches for the title. The result may be labeled as a mild upset as Georgia Perimeter College, ranked above ABAC at No. 6 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll, had seized the championship trophy a year ago and defeated ABAC 5-4 in February.

For a decade the Stallions had dominated the conference until the Jaguars served notice in February 2013 with a 7-2 victory over ABAC in a three-way match at College of Coastal Georgia. In this February’s match, GPC’s doubles teams swept three matches from ABAC.

“We have to come through in doubles and our guys at the top need to step up,” said head coach Mohamed Nait Omar.

“And there’s a difference—ABAC added a player who gave them depth.” Nait Omar noted that Parker Cuevas-Woodall, who didn’t play for the Stallions in February, accounted for two wins Saturday, and the player he replaced previously lost two.

Georgia Perimeter (6-3), collected singles victories by Slade and freshman Celestin Nkoueleue, and Slade and sophomore Chris Clark won their doubles match.

Slade took the No. 4 singles title with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Corey Smith. He and Clark teamed up in No. 3 doubles to roll by Jonah Jakubec and Michael Bailey 6-1, 6-2.

In No. 2 singles, Nkoueleue dominated Jakubec 6-1, 6-1.

Nkoueleue and Juan Di Paola grudgingly fell in No. 1 doubles, as did Marcel Bentacourt and Ian Krpo in the No. 2 match. Both contests featured a 7-6 battle in the first set. Smith and Joshua Page rallied to down Nkoueleue and Di Paola 7-6, 6-2, while Bentacourt and Krpo fought Cuevas-Woodall and Nathan Palmer to a 7-6, 6-3 outcome.

In No. 6 singles Patrick Hackling roared back in the second set but Michael Bailey eventually prevailed 6-2, 7-5. Meanwhile, Clark, Di Paola and Ryan Duncan won some games but succumbed to their singles opponents, including Cuevas-Woodall.

The victory gives ABAC an automatic bid to the NJCAA national tournament in Plano, Texas, May 5-9. The Jaguars hope to receive an at-large bid to the event, which normally includes approximately 30 colleges.

But before that, the Jaguars will take a couple of challenging crosstown trips. On Tuesday, April 22, they visit Emory University for a 3 p.m. match. They will play at Georgia Gwinnett College on May 1 at 3 p.m.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, ABAC Joshua Page/Corey Smith d. Celestin Nkoueleue/Juan Di Paola 7-6, 6-2. 2, ABAC Parker Cuevas-Woodall/Nathan Palmer d. Marcel Bentacourt/Ian Krpo 7-6, 6-3. 3, GPC Chris Clark/Sam Slade/ d. Jonah Jakubec/ Michael Bailey 6-1, 6-2.

SINGLES: 1, ABAC Joshua Page d. Juan Di Paola 6-2, 6-2. 2, GPC Celestin Nkoueleue d. Jonah Jakubec 6-1, 6-1. 3, ABAC Parker Cuevas-Woodall d. Chris Clark 6-2, 6-3. 4, GPC Sam Slade d. Corey Smith 6-1, 6-3. 5, ABAC Nathan Palmer d. Ryan Duncan 6-2, 6-1. 6, ABAC Michael Bailey d. Patrick Hackling 6-2, 7-5.

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April 8, 2014

Four-year Georgia Gwinnett trips Jags, but Nkoueleue wins No. 2 singles match

Celestin Nkoueleue defeated his opponent in the No. 2 singles match, but that was all of the good news for Georgia Perimeter College against the No. 3 team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The Jaguars (6-2), ranked sixth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll, succumbed to another four-year program, undefeated Georgia Gwinnett College, 8-1 Tuesday at Dunwoody Campus. The Grizzlies have been tearing up NAIA competition—as well as some NCAA Division 2 and Division 3 teams—in compiling a season record of 14-0.

“Georgia Gwinnett is a very good team. It’s an excellent tennis program—hats off to coach Chase Hodges.” said GPC head coach ‘Reda’ Mohamed Nait Omar. “It’s a tough loss, but this is the way to get our players ready for tournament time.”

The Jaguars, defending Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association champion, play in the conference tournament Friday and Saturday at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

Tuesday represented the second straight loss for the Jaguars and both have been to excellent four-year college programs. Two weeks ago, they lost to Middlebury College (Vt.), ranked 10th in the NCAA Division 3 national poll.

Winning the one match Tuesday Georgia Perimeter had to cheer about, Nkoueleue prevailed 6-3, 6-3 over Eric Moberg in the second flight singles match. It’s Nkoueleue’s first singles victory after missing two matches in March with an injury. He lost a close one against Middlebury 7-6, 6-4 in his first action after recovery.

Georgia Gwinnett (14-0) won the other five singles matches and swept the doubles events. Nkoueleue and Juan Di Paola gave a battle to Luke Moreland and Nathan De Veer, but eventually dropped the No. 2 doubles match 8-5.

In No. 1 doubles Sam Slade and Chris Clark lost their second doubles match of the season, falling 8-3 to Mark Verryth and Bruno Tiberti.

The Grizzlies’ Matias Hatem and Connor Clements were more convincing in their 8-1 triumph over Marcel Bentacourt and Ian Krpo in No. 3 doubles.

In singles, the Jaguars’ losses represent only the second singles losses this season for DiPaola, Slade and Patrick Hackling.

Hackling gave a good showing in losing the fifth flight, battling Clements to a 6-4, 6-3 score. Slade dropped the third flight to Moreland 6-2, 6-1, while in No. 1 singles Di Paola struggled against Grizzlies ace Tiberti, yielding 6-0, 6-0.

In No. 4 singles Clark made a run at Hernan Hatem, losing 6-4, 6-2, and in No. 6 Ryan Duncan lost to Nathan De Veer 6-0, 6-2.

SCORECARD

DOUBLES: 1, Mark Verryth/Bruno Tiberti d. Chris Clark/Sam Slade 8-3. 2, Luke Moreland/Nathan De Veer d. Celestin Nkoueleue/Juan Di Paola 8-5. 3, Matias Hatem/Connor Clements d. Marcel Bentacourt/Ian Krpo 8-1.

SINGLES: 1, Bruno Tiberti d. Juan Di Paola 6-0, 6-0. 2, Celestin Nkoueleue d. Eric Moberg 6-3, 6-3. 3, Luke Moreland d. Sam Slade 6-2, 6-1. 4, Hernan Hatem d. Chris Clark 6-4, 6-2. 5, Connor Clements d. Patrick Hackling 6-4, 6-3. 6, Nathan De Veer d. Ryan Duncan 6-0, 6-2.

The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament will be held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, 2802 Moore Hwy., Tifton, GA 31793.

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March 26, 2014

Jaguars fall to Middlebury for first loss

Middlebury College, a nationally ranked four-year school from Vermont, handed Georgia Perimeter College its first defeat of the season, 8-1, Wednesday at Dunwoody Campus.

Georgia Perimeter (6-1) got its lone victory from Juan Di Paola, who won the No. 1 singles match over the Panther’s Alex Johnston 6-3, 6-4.

Middlebury (6-1), taking a six-match tour in the South, is ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Divsion 3 national poll. The Panthers swept the doubles matches but the Jaguars put up a fight. Di Paola and Celestin Nkoueleue lost their No. 1 doubles battle by only 9-8 (8-6).

Losing their first doubles match this season, Sam Slade and Chris Clark fell 8-6, while Ryan Duncan and Patrick Hackling dropped their match by an 8-3 score.

In singles, Sam Slade also lost his first match this season, but made the No. 3 match eventful, falling 6-3, 6-4.

No. 2 Celestin Nkoueleue, coming off an injury that sidelined him for two matches, put up a battle but succumbed 7-6, 6-4. Clark lost in the fourth flight 6-3, 6-2, while No. 5 Hackling and No. 6 Duncan struggled against the Panthers, losing 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0, respectively.

The Jaguars take a break until Friday, April 4, when they meet Savannah College of Art and Design at 9 a.m. at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Atlanta.

On Monday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m. the Jaguars will host Georgia Gwinnett College. Georgia Gwinnett handed Middlebury its first loss on Tuesday, 7-2.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, MC Alex Johnston/ Anderew Leboutz d. Celestin Nkoueleue/Juan Di Paola 9-8 (8-6). 2, MC Palmer Campbell/Brantner Jones d. Sam Slade/Chris Clark 8-6. 3, MC Ari Smolyar/Peter Heidriah d. Ryan Duncan/Patrick Hackling 8-3.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Juan Di Paola d. Alex Johnston 6-3, 6-4. 2, MC Palmer Campbell d. Celestin Nkoueleue 7-6, 6-4. 3, MC Brantner Jones d. Sam Slade 6-3, 6-4. 4, MC Courtney Mountifield d. Chris Clark 6-3, 6-2. 5, MC Ari Smolyar d. Patrick Hackling 6-1, 6-1. 6, MC Jackson Frons d. Ryan Duncan 6-0, 6-0.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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March 23, 2014

Jaguars ranked sixth in nation by ITA

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s tennis team is ranked sixth among two-year colleges by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released Wednesday. The poll ranks teams competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The ITA ranked ASA College of New York as the No. 1 NJCAA team. In the ITA’s Region 4 rankings, which includes schools in the South and Eastern states, GPC is rated No. 2 behind ASA. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Jaguars’ perennial rival, is ranked No. 3 in the region.

No national or regional rankings have been posted for individual players, but in the ITA’s preseason poll, Sam Slade was rated sixth in the ITA’s Region 4 list. Chris Clark was ninth and Patrick Hackling 14th. Clark and Hackling were No. 3 in the region’s doubles rankings.

Last year the Jaguars finished in a tie for sixth place at the NJCAA national tournament.

In women’s tennis, GPC is ranked No. 2 by the ITA. Georgia Perimeter is among four other schools with both the men’s and women’s teams ranked among the top ten in the polls.

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March 21, 2014

Jags remain unbeaten with win over Oxford

Continuing their six-game winning streak, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars defeated Oxford College of Emory 8-1 Friday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

Chris Clark

Sam Slade

Dating back to last March, the Jaguars (6-0) have won nine straight team matches, the last loss at the hands of the varsity squad of a four-year school, Emory University.

In the doubles matches, GPC dropped only one game to Oxford. In the top flight, Sam Slade and Chris Clark defeated Lawrence Rand and Ian Lu 8-1. GPC’s No. 2 duo, Patrick Hackling and Juan Di Paola and the No. 3 tandem, Ian Krpo and Marcel Bentacourt swept their matches 8-0.

The Jaguars also dominated in singles. Rand downed Juan Di Paola 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match for Oxford’s only win.

Outside of that, GPC won every game but one—Sam Slade beat Ian Lu 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. Chris Clark, Patrick Hackling, Ryan Duncan and Marcel Bentacourt all won their matches 6-0, 6-0.

Slade remains undefeated on the season in singles, and he and Chris Clark haven’t lost a match in doubles.

Wednesday the Jaguars will entertain Middlebury College (Vt.) at 2:30 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, GPC Sam Slade/Chris Clark d. Lawrence Rand/Ian Lu 8-1. 2, GPC Patrick Hackling/Juan Di Paola d. Tom Zhang/Zach Yao 8-0. 3, GPC Ian Krpo/Marcel Bentacourt d. Frank Lin/Ranjit Pelia 8-0.

SINGLES: 1, OC Lawrence Rand d. Juan Di Paola 6-4, 6-3. 2, GPC Sam Slade d. Ian Lu 6-0, 6-1. 3, GPC Chris Clark d. Frank Lin 6-0, 6-0. 4, GPC Patrick Hackling d. Tom Zhang 6-0, 6-0. 5, GPC Ryan Duncan d. Zach Yao 6-0, 6-0. 6, GPC Marcel Bentacourt d. Ranjit Pelia 6-0, 6-0.

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March 18, 2014

Jaguars extend winning streak to five matches

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars continued a 12-month winning streak, beating Middle Georgia State College 8-1 Tuesday in Cochran.

Chris Clark

Sam Slade

Not counting their sixth-place finish in last May’s national tournament, the Jaguars (5-0) have won eight straight, plus the GCAA tournament, going back to their last defeat—a 9-0 setback at Emory University on March 20, 2013.

Middle Georgia’s lone victory Tuesday came when former Jaguar Shem Alexis teamed up with Camden Jones to defeat Patrick Hackling and Juan Di Paola 8-6 in No. 2 doubles.

GPC’s Sam Slade and Chris Clark won the No. 1 doubles match, and Ian Krpo and Marcel Bentacourt took the second flight doubles event.

In the singles matches Martinez, Slade, Clark, Hackling, Bentacourt and Ryan Duncan all bested their Middle Georgia opponents. Alexis (No. 2 flight) and Dylan Jones (No. 6) were the only Knights to win a set.

The Jaguars’ next home match will be Friday with Oxford College at 3:30 p.m., followed by a visit from Middlebury College of Vermont on Wednesday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, GPC Sam Slade/Chris Clark d. Grant Wood/Dylan Jones 8-3. 2, MGSC Shem Alexis/Camden Jones d. Patrick Hackling/Juan Di Paola 8-6. 3, GPC Ian Krpo/Marcel Bentacourt d. Austin Ross/Brantley Stone 9-7.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Juan Di Paola d. Grant Wood 6-2 6-2. 2, GPC Sam Slade d. Shem Alexis 3-6 6-4 7-5. 3, GPC Chris Clark d. Camden Jones 6-1 6-2. 4, GPC Patrick Hackling d. Austin Ross 6-4 retire. 5, GPC Marcel Bentacourt d. Brantley Stone 6-1 6-3. 6, GPC Ryan Duncan d. Dylan Jones 6-2 3-6 11-9.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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March 2, 2014

Undefeated Jaguars shut out Gadsden State

Posting their second straight shutout, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars outplayed Gadsden (Ala.) State Community College 9-0 Sunday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

The victory moves Georgia Perimeter to 4-0 on the season.

Two matches were decided with GPC winning every game. Juan Di Paola defeated Hayden Clowers 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles after Martinez joined Celestin Nkoueleue in No. 2 doubles to defeat Hayden Clowers and Jacob Mitchell 8-0.

Nkoueleue dropped only one game in winning his No. 2 singles match, while No. 1 Sam Slade and No. 5 Patrick Hackling each prevailed by 6-1, 6-1 scores in their singles events.

In No. 6 singles, Ryan Duncan had a close second set in his 6-2, 7-5 victory over Jordan Younghouse.

Next the Jaguars ride to Cochran on Tuesday, March 18, for a 3:30 p.m. match with Middle Georgia State College, a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association opponent.

Their next home match will be with Georgia Gwinnett College on April 7.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1. GPC Sam Slade/Chris Clark d. Granger Surrett/Dakota Harris 8-2. 2, GPC Celestin Nkoueleue/Juan Di Paola d. Hayden Clowers/Jacob Mitchell 8-0. 3, GPC Marcel Bentacourt/Ian Krpo d. Trey White/Cederic Boehm 8-3.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Sam Slade d. Granger Surrett 6-1, 6-1. 2, GPC Juan Di Paola d. Hayden Clowers 6-0, 6-0. 3, GPC Celestin Nkoueleue d. Jacob Mitchell 6-1, 6-0. 4, GPC Chris Clark d. Dakota Harris 6-4, 6-0. 5, GPC Patrick Hackling d. Zach Moss 6-1, 6-1. 6, GPC Ryan Duncan d. Jordan Younghouse 6-2, 7-5.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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February 26, 2014

Jaguars subdue Oxford for third victory

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars shut out conference opponent Oxford of Emory University 9-0 Wednesday at the Eagle’s courts in Oxford..

Ryan Duncan

Georgia Perimeter (3-0) won all nine matches, but Ryan Duncan was the only Jaguar that swept each set, defeating Oxford’s Tom Zhang 6-0, 6-0 in the singles fifth flight.

In No. 2 singles, Celestin Nkoueleue downed Ian Lu 6-1, 6-0, and in No. 1 doubles Nkoueleue and Juan Cruz Martinez defeated Lu and Lawrence Rand 8-4.

The No. 2 doubles team, Sam Slade and Chris Clark handily won their match, as did GPC’s No. 3. Tandem, Marcel Bentacourt and Ian Krpo, each by a score of 8-1.

Juan Cruz Martinez had a battle on his hands in the top flight singles match, as Lawrence Rand eventually fell 7-5 6-3. In No. 4 singles Chris Clark held off Frank Lin 6-1, 6-3.

Slade bested Chris Giles 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles, while Patrick Hackling won his sixth flight match 6-2, 6-2 over Zack Yao.

Sunday the Jaguars host Gadsden (Ala.) State Community College at 10 a.m. on the Dunwoody courts.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, GPC Celestin Nkoueleue/Juan Cruz Martinez d. Lawrence Rand/Ian Lu 8-4. 2, GPC Sam Slade/Chris Clark d. Chris Giles/Frank Lin 8-1. 3, GPC Marcel Bentacourt/Ian Krpo d. Tom Zhang/Zack Yao 8-1.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Juan Cruz Martinez d. Lawrence Rand 7-5, 6-3. 2, GPC Celestin Nkoueleue d. Ian Lu 6-1, 6-0. 3, GPC Sam Slade d. Chris Giles 6-0, 6-2. 4, GPC Chris Clark d. Frank Lin 6-1, 6-3. 5, GPC Ryan Duncan d. Tom Zhang 6-0, 6-0. 6, GPC Patrick Hackling d. Zack Yao 6-2, 6-2.

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February 15, 2014

Doubles teams sweep as Jags nip ABAC

The doubles teams came through in a big way for Georgia Perimeter College Saturday as the Jaguars defeated conference rival Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 5-4 at GPC Dunwoody Campus courts.

Sam Slade

Celestin Nkoueleue

The Jaguars (2-0) captured all three doubles matches, and it made the difference as they lost four of six singles matches to the Stallions. Sam Slade and Patrick Hackling won epic singles battles to help provide the team’s winning points.

Slade and Celestin Nkoueleue won the top flight doubles match 9-7 over Joshua Page and Corey Smith.

In No. 2 doubles, Marcel Bentacourt and Ian Krpo defeated Michael Bailey and Nathan Palmer 9-7. Hackling and Chris Clark bested Jonah Jakubec and Charles Blalock 8-6 in No. 3 doubles.

In the singles matches, Slade and Hackling each rallied to down their opponents in three sets. Slade battled from behind to edge Smith 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 in No. 3 singles, while Hackling came on strong in the final two sets of the No. 6 match, downing Blalock 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.

Until recent years Abraham Baldwin (0-2) dominated the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which is Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Last April the Jaguars snatched the region championship from ABAC and for the second straight year finished higher—sixth—in the final standings at the NJCAA national tournament.

The Jaguars visit Oxford College of Emory on Feb. 26 for a 3 p.m. match in Covington.

The next home match will be on March 2 at 10 a.m. with Gadsden (Ala.) State Community College.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, Celestin Nkoueleue/Sam Slade d. Joshua Page/Corey Smith 9-7. 2, Marcel Bentacourt/Ian Krpo d. Michael Bailey/Nathan Palmer 9-7. 3. Chris Clark/Patrick Hackling d. Jonah Jakubec/C. Blalock 8-6.

SINGLES: 1, Joshua Page d. Celestin Nkoueleue 6-2, 6-2. 2, Jonah Jakubec d. Chris Clark 7-5, 6-2. 3, Sam Slade d. Corey Smith 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. 4, Nathan Palmer d. Marcel Bentacourt 6-1, 6-2. 5, Michael Bailey d. Ryan Duncan 6-1, 6-1. 6. Patrick Hackling d. Charles Blalock 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.

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February 14, 2014

GPC beats Middle Georgia in season opener

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s tennis team opened its 2014 season where it left off in 2013—winning 8-1 over Middle Georgia State College Friday at the Dunwoody Campus courts.

Celestin Nkoueleue

The match marked Middle Georgia’s return to tennis and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The school, which becomes a four-year college next fall, hasn’t had a tennis program since 2000.

The Jaguars, coming off a GCAA championship last season and a sixth-place tie in the nation, took the three doubles matches from Middle Georgia and all but one of the singles matches.

Celestin Nkoueleue captured the No. 1 singles flight with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over former Jaguar Shem Alexis. Nkoueleue teamed up with Juan Di Paola in No. 1 doubles for an 8-3 win over Alexis and Grant Wood.

Martinez was forced to withdraw from the second set of the second flight singles, losing the match 6-3, 4-2.

Sam Slade took No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-3 over Austin Ross, and Slade and Chris Clark defeated Camden Jones and Dylan Jones 8-3 in No. 3. doubles.

Camden Jones withdrew to give Clark a forfeit in No. 4 singles. Ryan Duncan rallied to win the singles fifth flight over Dylan Jones 7-6, 4-6, 10-4. In No. 6 singles, Patrick Hackling beat Brantley Stone 6-2, 6-2.

Marcel Bentacourt and Ian Krpo won the No. 3 doubles flight 8-6 over Ross and Stone.

SCORECARD:
DOUBLES: 1, GPC Celestin Nkoueleue/Juan Di Paola d. Shem Alexis/Grant Wood 8-3. 2, GPC Sam Slade/Chris Clark d. Camden Jones/Dylan Jones 8-3. 3, GPC Marcel Bentacourt/Ian Krpo d. Austin Ross/Brantley Stone 8-6.
SINGLES: 1, GPC Celestin Nkoueleue d. Shem Alexis 6-4, 6-0. 2, MGSC Grant Wood d. Juan Di Paola 3-6, 2-4 retired. 3, GPC Sam Slade d. Austin Ross 6-2, 6-3. 4, GPC Chris Clark d. Camden Jones, withdrew injury. 5, GPC Ryan Duncan d. Dylan Jones 7-6, 4-6, 10-4. 6, GPC Patrick Hackling d. Brantley Stone 6-2, 6-2.

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October 11, 2013

Jaguars’ Clark and Hackling win third place

Georgia Perimeter College’s Chris Clark and Patrick Hackling won the doubles third place consolation match Friday at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla.

Hackling and Clark battled Nathan Eshmade and Amadi Kagoma of Cerritos College, Norwalk Calif., outlasting them for a 6-3, 3-6 (10-7) victory.

The Jaguar duo won the first round of the eight-team competition for two-year colleges Thursday but they lost in the semifinals, setting up the consolation match with Cerritos.

The champions from eight USTA/ITA regional tournaments, along with at-large selections, came to Fort Meyers to compete for national honors. The annual tournament draws players from NCAA Divisions II and III, the NAIA and two-year colleges from the National Junior College Athletic Association. The two-year colleges compete in their own division.

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October 10, 2013

Jaguar duo in third-place consolation match at USTA/ITA Small College national tourney

Sophomores Patrick Hackling and Chris Clark won one and lost one for Georgia Perimeter College Thursday at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla.

The sophomore doubles team won the first round of the eight-team competition for two-year colleges. They earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Meridian Community College’s Kevin Millet and Judson Watson.

But they fell in the semifinals 6-1, 6-2 to Alejandro Gonzalez and Ronzai Saurombe of Seward College.

The Jaguar tandem will play the tournament’s third-place match Friday, facing Nathan Eshmade and (first name unavailable) Kagoma of Cerritos College, Calif.

In September Hackling and Clark won the doubles championship at the USTA/ITA Small College Southeast Regional Tournament held at Oxford College outside Covington.

The national tournament features top players from NCAA Divisions II and III, the NAIA and two-year colleges from the National Junior College Athletic Association. The champions from eight regional tournaments, along with at-large selections, are competing in Fort Meyers.

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September 21, 2013

Clark and Hackling win doubles title at USTA/ITA Small College tourney

Patrick Hackling and Chris Clark lifted Georgia Perimeter College to the doubles championship Saturday at the USTA/ITA Small College Southeast Regional Tournament at Oxford College of Emory in Oxford.

Chris Clark, left, and Patrick Hackling display their doubles championship trophies.

Hackling and Clark, both sophomores, held off Alejandro Perez and Jonah Jackobec of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 8-6 to capture the championship.

The Jaguars didn’t fare so well in the singles semifinals as Jerel Pleasant and Sam Slade fell to opponents from GPC’s conference tennis rival, ABAC.

The Stallions’ Joshua Page subdued Slade 6-0, 6-2, while Perez battled Pleasant to a 6-4, 6-3 ABAC victory.

The USTA/ITA Small College tournaments feature top players from NCAA Divisions II and III, the NAIA and two-year colleges from the National Junior College Athletic Association. The champions from eight regional tournaments, along with at-large selections, will meet at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 10-13.

SCORECARD:
MEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS:

Joshua Page, ABAC, d. Sam Slade, GPC, 6-0, 6-2.
Alejandro Perez, ABAC, d. Jerel Pleasant, GPC, 6-4, 6-3.
MEN’S DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP:
Patrick Hackling/Chris Clark, GPC, d. Alejandro Perez/Jonah Jackobec, ABAC, 8-6.

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September 20, 2013

GPC advances in USTA/ITA event in Oxford

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s tennis team placed two singles players in the semifinals and a doubles team in the doubles final during Friday’s competition in the USTA/ITA Small College Southeast Regional Tournament at Oxford College of Emory in Oxford.

In men’s singles, Jerel Pleasant and Sam Slade won two matches each to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

The doubles team of Chris Clark and Patrick Hackling captured two matches and will play in the doubles final on Saturday.

SCORECARD:
MEN’S SINGLES:

Jerel Pleasant d. Chris Giles of Oxford College of Emory 6-2 6-2 in first round.
Jerel Pleasant d. Shem Alexis of Middle Georgia State College 6-4 7-5 second round.
Jerel Pleasant will face Alejandro Perez of ABAC in the semifinals.
Sam Slade d. Dylan Jones of Middle Georgia State College 6-1 6-0 in first round.
Sam Slade d. Corey Smith of ABAC 6-4 5-2 and retirement with cramps in the second round.
Sam Slade will face Joshua Page of ABAC in the semifinals.
Patrick Hackling d. Ian Lu of Oxford College of Emory 6-4 6-3 in the first round.
Alejandro Perez of ABAC d. Patrick Hackling 6-1 6-0 in the second round.
Chris Clark d. Austin Ross of Middle Georgia State College 3-6 6-2 10-6 in the first round.
Joshua Page of ABAC d. Chris Clark 6-2 6-1 in the second round.
MEN’S DOUBLES:
Jerel Pleasant/Sam Slade d. Rand/Ian Lu of Oxford College of Emory 8-3 in the first round.
Alejandro Perez/Jonah Jakubec of ABAC d. Jerel Pleasant/Sam Slade 8-6 in the second round.
Chris Clark/Patrick Hackling d. Chris Giles/Cobb of Oxford College of Emory 8-0.
Chris Clark/Patrick Hackling d. Joshua Page/Smith of ABAC by a Walkover in the second round.
Chris Clark/Patrick Hackling will face Alejandro Perez/Jonah Jakubac of ABAC in the Men's Double Final.

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