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April 12, 2014

Repeat: Jaguars win GCAA crown; repeat: Rasolomalala named MVP

In March the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars learned they are ranked No. 2 in the nation, right behind four-time defending champion, Tyler College. Saturday they captured their second consecutive conference championship, punching their ticket to Tyler, Texas, for the national tournament in May and a shot at the Tyler Apaches.

The champion Jaguars display their tournament trophies: from left, assistant coaches Christian Bellini and David Bennett, MVP Niriantsa Rasolomalala, Corina Anghelescu, Fatyha Berjane, Eduarda Marins, Drew Anderson, D’Asha Davis and Coach of the Year Mohamed Nait Omar.

They did it with an emphatic statement. The Jaguars won every match they played in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. That’s impressive when you’re competing with perennial tennis power Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The GCAA named sophomore ace Niriantsa Rasolomalala the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

And for the second consecutive year head coach Mohamed Nait Omar was named Coach of the Year.

“This is a very talented group,” Nait Omar said. “If all of them come together as a team, they have a great chance at nationals.”

The seasoned sophomores set the pace for the Jaguars.

Rasolomalala defeated persistent Kelly Burge of ABAC 6-2, 7-5 in No. 1 singles, and in the top flight doubles match she and Corina Anghelescu rolled by Burge and Lorraine Chon Qui 6-0, 6-1.

Last year Rasolomalala beat ABAC’s Camelia Abdallah for the No. 1 singles title. This year Abdullah moved down to No. 2, but only to run into All-American sophomore Fatyha Berjane.

Berjane, who earned her 2013 All-America honor by winning the national No. 2 singles title, got stronger as the match proceeded and topped Abdallah 7-5, 6-1 for her second GCAA title in two years. She is undefeated at 9-0 in singles play this season.

In No. 2 doubles, Berjane teamed up with Drew Anderson to down Abdallah and Gillian Mitchell 6-3, 6-3.

All three doubles teams received byes in the semifinal round, so D’Asha Davis and Eduarda Marins were fresh to hold off ABAC’s Scarlet Cook and Haley Humphrey 6-0, 6-4.

Marins was the only Jaguar singles player not to receive a bye in the semifinal round, but she won handily there, blanking Keirra Toole of Oxford College of Emory 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles. In the final Marins pulled away in the second set to overcome Cook 7-5, 6-1.

That represents sweet revenge for Marins, who took the only loss when GPC defeated ABAC 8-1 on Feb. 15, and it came at the hands of Cook.

In the third singles flight, Anderson breezed by Mitchell 6-2, 6-1. Anghelescu won the No. 4 title, dropping Chon Qui 6-2, 6-2. And Davis stopped Apu Thakk of Oxford College of Emory 6-0, 6-3 to win the No. 6 championship.

“The girls are deep from top to bottom,” Nait Omar said. He noted that Anghelescu, a freshman walk-on this spring, punctuated the depth. “Having Corina on the roster has really helped the team.”

GPC has defeated ABAC in every outing the teams have held since Feb. 15, 2013, when the Jaguars turned around a decade of domination by the Fillies with a 5-4 victory in a three-way meet at College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick.

The Jaguars will take a rest until May 1, when they travel to Lawrenceville for a match with NAIA power Georgia Gwinnett College. That stiff competition will tune them up for the NJCAA national tournament in Tyler, which runs May 5-9.

SCORECARD:

SEMIFINALS:

SINGLES: GPC Eduarda Marins d. Keirra Toole of Oxford College of Emory 6-0, 6-0. All other GPC players received byes in the semifinals.

DOUBLES: All three GPC lines received byes in the semifinals.

FINALS:

SINGLES: 1, GPC Niriantsa Rasolomalala d. ABAC Kelly Burge 6-2, 7-5. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane d. ABAC Camelia Adbullah 7-5, 6-1. 3, GPC Drew Anderson d. ABAC Gillian Mitchell 6-2, 6-1. 4, GPC Corina Anghelescu d. ABAC Lorraine Chon Qui 6-2, 6-2. 5, GPC Eduarda Marins d. ABAC Scarlet Cook 7-5, 6-1. 6, GPC D’Asha Davis d. ABAC OCE Apu Thakk 6-0, 6-3.

DOUBLES: Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Corina Anghelescu d. Kelly Burge and Lorraine Chon Qui of ABAC 6-0, 6-1. Fatyhas Berjane and Drew Anderson d. Camelia Abdullah and Gillian Mitchell 6-3, 6-3. D'Asha Davis and Eduarda Marins d. Scarlet Cook and Haley Humphrey 6-0, 6-4.

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April 8, 2014

Jaguars bested by NAIA’s No. 1 team; Berjane remains undefeated in singles

Nirianstsa Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane defeated high-powered opponents in No. 1 and No. 2 singles but it wasn’t enough for the Jaguars to overcome top-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College.

Georgia Perimeter College fell to the Grizzlies 7-2 Tuesday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus courts. Georgia Gwinnett (13-2) is ranked No. 1 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

In No. 1 singles, Rasolomalala defeated Valeria Podda 6-4 and had a 1-0 lead in the second set when Podda retired. Podda is ranked fifth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings of NAIA players.

Berjane preserved her undefeated season in singles (8-0). She slipped by Judith van Fraaijenhoven 7-6 (1) in the first set of No. 2 singles and then surged to a 6-2 win in the second set.

In other singles action, Corina Anghelescu and Drew Anderson pushed their opponents, winning nine and seven games, respectively. Anghelescu and Rasolomala also made a challenge in a losing effort in No. 1 doubles.

“The ladies performed well against the top-ranked NAIA team,” said GPC head coach Mohamed Nait Omar. “Coach Chase Hodge has done an outstanding job at Georgia Gwinnett and it shows, but we showed up to play.”

He added, “It never feels good to lose, but playing against outstanding competition like this will hone our skills for the tournament season, which already is here.”

The Jaguars travel to Tifton for this weekend’s Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. The first rounds of the tournament will be played on Friday, and Saturday with the championship matches on Saturday.

Chiara Di Salvo edged Anghelescu in No. 4 singles 7-5, 5-4, while in the third flight, Drew Anderson gave Paloma Cortina a run in a match that ended in the Grizzlies’ favor 6-4, 6-3.

In No. 5 singles, D'Asha Davis won five games against Luma Schwab, but fell off in the second set to lose 6-4, 6-1. Eduarda Marins lost the No. 6 singles to Ines Costamagna 6-0, 6-0.

Rasolomalala and Anghelescu dropped the No. 2 doubles match to Podda and Helena Korompis 8-4. In No. 2 doubles, Berjane and Davis lost to Cortina and Di Salvo 8-2, and in No. 3 Anderson and Marins fell to Costamagna and Victoria Svensson 8-1.

SCORECARD

DOUBLES: 1, Nirianstsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu l.to Valeria Podda/Helena Korompis 8-4. 2, Fatyha Berjane/D'Asha Davis l. Paloma Cortina/Chiara Di Salvo 8-2. 3, Drew Anderson/Eduarda Marins l. Ines Costamagna/Victoria Svensson 8-1.

SINGLES: 1, Nirianstsa Rasolomalala d. Valeria Podda 6-4, 1-0 ret. 2, Fatyha Berjane d. Judith van Fraaijenhoven 7-6 (1), 6-2. 3, Drew Anderson l.to Paloma Cortina 6-4, 6-3. 4. Corina Anghelescu l.to Chiara Di Salvo 7-5, 5-4. 5, D'Asha Davis l.to Luma Schwab 6-4, 6-1. 6, Eduarda Marins l.to Ines Costamagna 6-0, 6-0.

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 24, 2014

Jaguars beat Brenau a second time

D’Asha Davis clinched a team victory with her No. 6 singles win, and nationally ranked Georgia Perimeter College defeated Brenau University 5-4 in Gainesville Monday.

D’Asha Davis

It was the second time this season the Jaguars prevailed over the four-year school—they won by the same score on their home courts in February.

Now owning a three-game winning streak, Georgia Perimeter (7-1) was ranked No. 2 in last week’s International Tennis Association poll for two-year colleges competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

With the doubles and singles scores knotted at 4-4, Davis outlasted Snezhana Kiseleva 7-5, 6-4 to bring home the victory for the Jaguars.

Winning other singles matches for the Jaguars were Fatyha Berjane, Corina Anghelescu and Drew Anderson.

In No. 1 singles, Nirianstsa Rasolomalala lost her first match of the spring, falling in a hard-fought skirmish to Dominika Jansova 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. In the February match, the two aces also went to the wire, with Rasolomalala winning that one 7-6, 6-4.

Jasova also prevailed in No. 1 doubles, as she and Zalina Nazarova teamed up to down Rasolomalala and Anghelescu 8-5.

Berjane and Anderson won their No. 2 doubles match 8-2, the lone Jaguar victory in doubles.

The Jaguars’ next match will be with another four-year institution, Georgia Gwinnett College, on April 7 at 2:30 p.m. on the GPC courts in Dunwoody.

After that comes the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament on April 11-12 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. The GCAA is also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, BU Dominika Jasova/Zalina Nazarova d. Nirianstsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu, 8-5. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane/Drew Anderson d. Maria Perdomo/Snezhana Kiseleva, 8-2. 3, BU Valeria Savina/Kelley Cohron d. D’Asha Davis/Eduarda Marins, 8-1.

SINGLES: 1, BU Dominika Jasova d. Nirianstsa Rasolomalala, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane d.Maria Perdomo, 6-0, 6-2. 3, GPC Corina Anghelescu d. Valeria Savina, 6-1, 6-3. 4, GPC Drew Anderson d. Zalina Nazarova, 6-1, ret. 5, BU Kelley Cohron d. Eduarda Marins, 6-1, 6-3. 6, GPC D’Asha Davis d. Snezhana Kiseleva, 7-5, 6-4.

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 No. 2 in the nation

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team received its highest ranking in more than a decade Wednesday when the International Tennis Association released its latest poll of two-year colleges. The poll placed the Jaguars at No. 2 among teams competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Fatyha Berjane

Niriantsa Rasolomalala

The only team receiving more votes was Tyler Junior College, the defending national champion.

No national rankings have been posted for individual players, but sophomore ace Niriantsa Rasolomalala is rated the No. 1 player in the ITA’s Region 4, which encompasses South and Eastern states.

GPC’s No. 2 singles All-American sophomore, Fatyha Berjane, is ranked seventh in Region 4, and D’Asha Davis and Drew Anderson are No. 20 and 21, respectively.

Tyler, a Texas college, has won four consecutive national women’s tennis Division 1 championships and has held the No. 1 ITA ranking since April 2010.

GPC finished in fifth place in the NJCAA tournament last May, and Berjane won the No. 2 singles title to earn her All-American honor.

In men’s tennis, GPC is ranked No. 6 by 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 18, 2014

Jaguars down Middle Georgia 8-1

After more than two weeks without a match, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars appeared to be in top form Tuesday as they rolled by Middle Georgia State College 8-1 in Cochran.

Fatyha Berjane

Niriantsa Rasolomalala

With the victory Georgia Perimeter improves to 5-1, the only loss coming to a four-year college, Emory University.

The five Jaguars winning singles matches gave up only two games among them. Three players swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0—top flight winner Nirianstsa Rasolomalala, No. 2 Fatyha Berjane, and No. 6 D'Asha Davis.

Rasolomalala remains undefeated—in singles and doubles—in the spring season, and her only loss last fall came in the Super Bowl championship match of the USTA/ITA Small College Championships.

GPC’s third and fourth flight winners, Corina Anghelescu and Drew Anderson, each won their singles matches by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

Suffering an illness and an ankle injury, Eduarda Marins withdrew in the first set of her match, losing to Middle Georgia’s Virginia Hargrove with the game score tied at 5-5.

GPC’s doubles teams won by identical scores, 8-1—Rasolomalala and Anghelescu in No. 1 doubles, Berjane and Davis in No. 2 and Anderson and Marins in the third flight.

D’Asha Davis

Friday the Jaguars entertain a visit from Oxford College of Emory at GPC’s Dunwoody courts. After a road trip to Brenau University in Gainesville on March 24, the Jaguars return to their home courts for a match with Georgia Gwinnett College on April 7.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, GPC Niriantsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu d. Shelby Ashley/ Tricia Wharton 8-1. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane/D’Asha David d. Elizabeth Culpepper/Halee Hayes 8-1. 3, GPC Drew Anderson/Eduarda Marins d. Virginia Hargrove/Anna Roberts 8-1.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Niriantsa Rasolomalala d. Shelby Ashley 6-0, 6-0. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane d. Tricia Wharton 6-0, 6-0. 3, GPC Corina Anghelescu d. Halee Hayes 6-1, 6-0. 4, GPC Drew Anderson d. Elizabeth Culpepper 6-1, 6-0. 5, MGSC Virginia Hargrove d. Eduarda Marins 5-5, retired. 6, GPC D'Asha David d. Anna Roberts 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 2, 2014

Emory hands Jaguars first loss

Nirianstsa Rasolomalala was the lone Jaguar to win two matches as Georgia Perimeter College was bested 6-3 by the Emory University varsity Sunday in Atlanta.

Nirianstsa Rasolomalala

Rasolomalala first teamed up with Corina Anghelescu in No. 1 doubles to defeat Gabrielle Clark and Madison Gordon 8-3. Then she won the top singles match 6-1, 6-2 over Beatrice Rosen.

The other Jaguar winner was Fatyha Berjane, No. 2 singles victor over Michelle Satterfield 6-1, 7-6 (1).

The loss is the first of the season for Georgia Perimeter (4-1).

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

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

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu d. Gabrielle Clark/Madison Gordon 8-3. 2, Emory Michelle Satterfield/Brenna Kelly d. Fatyha Berjane/D'Asha Davis 8-4. 3, Drew Anderson/Eduarda Marins l.to Emory Beatrice Rosen/Stephanie Loutsenko 8-3.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala d. Beatrice Rosen 6-1 6-2. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane d. Michelle Satterfield 6-1, 7-6 (1). 3, Emory Melissa Goodman d. Corina Anghelescu 6-1 6-2. 4, Emory Madison Gordon d. Drew Anderson 6-1, 6-2. 5, Emory Katarina Su d. Eduarda Marins 6-0, 6-0. 6, Emory Bruna Correa d. D'Asha Davis 6-2, 6-0.

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 go 4-0 with win over Oxford

The Lady Jaguars gave up only a few games as Georgia Perimeter College rolled to a 9-0 victory over conference opponent Oxford of Emory University Wednesday in Oxford.

With the victory the undefeated Jaguars will take a 4-0 season record into Sunday’s match with Emory University’s varsity squad.

GPC didn’t drop a game in doubles as Nirianstsa Rasolomalala and Corina Anghelescu blanked Camille Lusher and Stejanie Ebo 8-0 in the No. 1 flight and Fatyha Berjane/D'Asha Davis shut down Colleen Isdahl and Apu Thahher by the same score in the No. 2 match.

Drew Anderson and Eduarda Marins won the third flight with a forfeit.

Marins also took a forfeit win in No. six singles, while Anghelescu and Drew Anderson both won clean 6-0, 6-0 victories in the No. 3 and No. 4 matches, respectively. D'Asha Davis dropped one game in defeating Kierra Toole 6-1, 6-0 in the fifth flight.

In No. 1 singles, Nirianstsa Rasolomalala won 6-1, 6-0 over Camille Lusher, and Fatyha Berjane defeated Stefanie Ebo 6-0, 6-2 in the second singles match.

The Jaguars’ match Sunday with Emory University, beginning at 3:30 p.m., will be their second outing of the season with a four-year college. A week ago they edged Breanau University 5-4.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu d. Camille Lusher/Stejanie Ebo 8-0. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane/D'Asha Davis d. Colleen Isdahl/Apu Thahher 8-0. 3, GPC Drew Anderson/Eduarda Marins d. N/A Walkover.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala d. Camille Lusher 6-1, 6-0. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane d. Stefanie Ebo 6-0, 6-2. 3, GPC Corina Anghelescu d. Colleen Isdahl 6-0, 6-0. 4, GPC Drew Anderson d. Apu Thahher 6-0, 6-0. 5, GPC D'Asha Davis d. Kierra Toole 6-1, 6-0. 6, GPC Eduarda Marins d. N/A walkover.

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February 18, 2014

GPC slips past Brenau University 5-4

Nirianstsa Rasolomalala won the first flight in singles and teamed up with Corina Anghelescu to win No. doubles as Georgia Perimeter College edged Brenau University 5-4 Tuesday on the Jaguars’ home courts at Dunwoody Campus.

Niriantsa Rasolomalala

A battle ensued in No. 1 singles with Rasolomalala narrowly taking the first set over Dominika Jansova 7-6 and then finishing with a close 6-4 second set to win the match.

Rasolomalala, the only Jaguar to win in singles and doubles, had smoother sailing in doubles. She and Anghelescu downed Maria Perdomo Medina and Stephanie Moniz 8-2.

Other Jaguars coming off the courts with victories were Drew Anderson and Eduarda Marins in No. 3 doubles, Fatyha Berjane in No. 2 singles and D'Asha Davis in the sixth singles flight.

Anghelescu lost her doubles match but took Zalina Nazarova to the wire, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Jaguars take a ride to Oxford of Emory University outside of Covington for men’s and women’s matches beginning at 3:30 p.m.

SCORECARD:
DOUBLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu d. Maria Perdomo Medina/Stephanie Moniz 8-2. 2, BU Zalina Nazarova/Dominika Jasova d. Fatyha Berjane/D'Asha Davis 8-3. 3, GPC Drew Anderson/Eduarda Marins d. Snezhana Kiseleva/Valeria Savina 8-2.
SINGLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala d. Dominika Jansova 7-6, 6-4. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane d. Maria Perdomo Medina 6-2, 6-0. 3, BU Zalina Nazarova d. Corina Anghelescu 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. 4, BU Stephanie Moniz d. Drew Anderson 6-4, 6-4. 5, BU Valeria Savina d. Eduarda Marins 6-0, 6-1. 6, GPC D'Asha Davis d. Kelley Cohron 6-3, 6-0.

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February 15, 2014

Jaguars defeat Abraham Baldwin 8-1

Nirianstsa Rasolomalala and Corina Anghelescu turned in convincing performances as Georgia Perimeter College rolled past perennial rival Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 8-1 Saturday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus courts.

Rasolomalala defeated Kelly Burge 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match. In the third flight, Anghelescu breezed by Lorraine Chon Qui 6-1, 6-1.

The duo teamed up in the first doubles flight for an 8-1 victory over Chon Qui and Camelia Abdallah. In No. 2 doubles Fatyha Berjane and D’Asha Davis won 8-4, while Drew Anderson and Eduarda Marins won their No. 3 match 8-2.

Other singles victories were registered by Berjane, Anderson and Davis.

For many years Abraham Baldwin (1-1) has won the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) championship, but last season the Jaguars seized the crown from the Fillies. Saturday’s win represents the Jaguars’ most lopsided victory over ABAC.

Tuesday the Jaguars host Brenau University on GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, beginning at 3 p.m.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu d. Camelia Abdallah/Lorraine Chon Qui 8-1. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane/D'Asha Davis d. Kelly Burge/Gillian Mitchell 8-4. 3, GPC Drew Anderson/Eduarda Marins d. Scarlett Cook/Haley Humphrey 8-2.

SINGLES: 1, GPC Nirianstsa Rasolomalala d. Kelly Burge 6-1, 6-2. 2, GPC Fatyha Berjane d. Camelia Abdallah 6-3, 6-2. 3, GPC Corina Anghelescu d. Lorraine Chon Qui 6-1, 6-1. 4, GPC Drew Anderson d. Gillian Mitchell 6-3, 6-0. 5, ABAC Scarlett Cook d. Eduarda Marins 7-5, 6-2. 6, D'Asha Davis d. Haley Humphrey 6-1, 6-1.

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

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February 14, 2014

Jaguars ace 2014 season opener, defeat Middle Georgia State 9-0

The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association defending champion Jaguars opened the 2014 season with the style that carried them to the national tournament last year.

Nirianstsa Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane

Georgia Perimeter College, which finished fifth in the NJCAA national tournament last May, swept Middle Georgia State College 9-0 Friday at the Dunwoody Campus courts.

The match represented the return of Middle Georgia’s tennis program and the Knight’s re-entry into the GCAA, which is Region 17 of the NJCAA. Middle, which switches to four-year college competition in the fall, hasn’t had a tennis program since 2000.

Led by their two returning sophomore aces—Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane—the Jaguars convincingly won the three doubles matches and all six singles flights.

Rasomalala teamed with Crina Anghelescu to defeat Shelby Ashley and Tricia Wharton 8-1 in the first doubles flight. In No. 2 doubles Berjane and D’Asha Davis downed Liz Culpepper and Halee Hayes by the same 8-1 score.

In the top singles flight, Rasolomala prevailed over Ashley 6-0, 6-1, while Berjane, a national champion in 2013, breezed in the No. 2 doubles match, blanking Wharton 6-0, 6-0.

Three other Jaguars also didn’t lose a game in their singles victories—Anghelescu in No. 3 singles, Drew Anderson in No. 4 and Davis in No. 6. All won by 6-0, 6-0.

Eduarda Marins won the fifth singles flight by a score of 6-1, 6-1. In No. 3 doubles Marins and Anderson rolled past Virginia Hargrove and Anna Roberts by the same score as the other doubles matches, 8-1.

SCORECARD:
DOUBLES: 1, Nirianstsa Rasolomalala/Corina Anghelescu d. Shelby Ashley/Tricia Wharton 8-1. 2, Fatyha Berjane/D'Asha Davis d. Liz Culpepper/Halee Hayes 8-1. 3, Drew Anderson/Eduarda Marins d. Virginia Hargrove/Anna Roberts 8-1.
SINGLES: 1, Nirianstsa Rasolomalala d. Shelby Ashley 6-0, 6-1. 2, Fatyha Berjane d. Tricia Wharton 6-0, 6-0. 3, Corina Anghelescu d. Liz Culpepper 6-0, 6-0. 4, Drew Anderson d. Halee Hayes 6-0, 6-0. 5, EduardSa Marins d. Virginia Hargrove 6-1, 6-1. 6, D'Asha Davis d. Anna Roberts 6-0, 6-0.

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October 13, 2013

USTA/ITA ‘Super Bowl’ championship: Rasolomalala takes runner-up trophy

Niriantsa Rasolomalala, who won the JUCO draw singles championship Saturday at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla. got off to a great start in the “Super Bowl” championship match Sunday but faded at the end and let the trophy slip away.

Rasolomalala, the only Georgia Perimeter College player to reach one of the tournament’s four coveted Superbowl title matches, lost the championship to Valentine Confalonieri of Lynn University 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2.

The Jaguar sophomore jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but Confalonieri settled in and rallied to tie it at 5-5 before eventually dropping the set in a close tiebreaker, 7-6 (6).

“I think the first set was very difficult because I was nervous so I couldn't play my best tennis,” Confalonieri said before paying Rasolomalala a great compliment.

“She was tough. She really wanted to win.”

But Confalonieri would send the match into a third set, breaking her opponent at 5-4 to take the second set, 6-4.

From there, Confalonieri was the less weary of the two players, and she was able to clinch the title 6-2 in the third set.

Confalonieri became her school's first singles Super Bowl champion with the hard-earned victory. Lynn University is an NCAA Division 2 institution.

Georgia Perimeter has had two Super Bowl champions, Jonathan Igbinovia in 2001 and Mario Toledo in 1998. Both won the men’s singles title.

The Super Bowl pits the champions of the tournament’s four college divisions against each other for the “Super” championship. The four divisions are two-year colleges, NCAA Divisions 2 and 3 and NAIA schools.

Saturday in the Super Bowl semifinals it was Rasolomalala who had to rally and force three sets. She beat the NCAA Division 3 champion, Michelle Satterfield of Emory University, to advance to the championship match, but she had to go three sets to do it, rallying from a bad first set to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

To get to the Super Bowl, Rasolomalala captured the JUCO division singles crown Saturday, emerging as the best among some of the best players in junior college tennis.

As the Small-College women’s single champion, Confalonieri next advances to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. November 7-10.

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October 12, 2013

Rasolomalala captures singles title; to play for ‘Superbowl’ championship

Niriantsa Rasolomalala won the JUCO draw singles championship Saturday morning at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla. and then did one better in the afternoon.

Champ Niriantsa Rasolomalala displays her trophy with Coach Mohamed Nait Omar. Photo/David Bennett

The Georgia Perimeter College sophomore ace defeated Tyler Junior College’s Fausthy Pietersz 6-3, 6-3 to win the tournament’s singles title for two-year colleges.

The win entitled Rasolomalala to enter the “Superbowl” semifinals in the afternoon. That’s where the champions of the eight-team draws for four college divisions at the tournament play for the “Super” championship. The four divisions are two-year colleges, NCAA Divisions 2 and 3 and NAIA schools.

Rasolomalala had to go three sets Saturday afternoon to defeat the NCAA Division 3 champion, Michelle Satterfield of Emory University. She rallied from a rough first set to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

Now she advances to the Superbowl championship match Sunday at 9 a.m. Her opponent will be Confaloneiri of Lynn University, an NCAA Division 2 school. Confalonieri defeated Theresa Schmaus of the Savannah College of Art and Design 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the other women’s singles semifinal Saturday.

The winner of the Superbowl championship match punches a ticket to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. November 7-10.

Rasolomalala and Pietersz had faced each other Friday in the JUCO draw doubles final. The Georgia Perimeter team, Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane lost 6-1, 7-6 (3) to Tyler’s Pietersz and Joanna Savva. Rasolmalala said that doubles match helped her in the singles final.

“I saw how she played last night,” Rasolomalala said. “I got to see what her weakness was, and we had a really close match, which helped me a lot today for the singles.”

Pietersz and Rasolomalala also met in doubles at the NJCAA national tournament last spring when Tyler defeated GPC’s No. 1 doubles team in the Round of 16. Additionally, in No. 1 singles, Rasolomalala fell in the quarterfinals to Esther Zuniga of Florida State College-Jacksonville, and Zuniga defeated Pietersz in the championship match.

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October 11, 2013

Berjane and Rasolomalala take runner-up title

The Georgia Perimeter College doubles team at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla. made a valiant run for a championship Friday, but fell short.

Displaying trophies: from left, Tyler’s Joanna Savva and Fausthy Pietersz and Jaguars Fatyha Berjane and Niriantsa Rasolomalala. Photo/ITA

Early in the afternoon, Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane won their semifinal at the prestigious tournament, prevailing 6-2, 6-1 over Olivia Erlandsson and Jazz Whittaker of St. Petersburg College (Fla.).

But they settled for runner-up in the championship match, rallying but losing 6-1, 7-6 (3) to Fausthy Pietersz and Joanna Savva, the doubles team from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.

Saturday Rasolomalala faces Pietersz—last spring’s No. 1 singles runner-up in the NJCAA national tournament—for the junior college singles championship.

Eight regional champions, along with at-large selections, are competing in Fort Meyers. Players from two-year colleges compete in their own division, while others from NCAA Divisions II and III and the NAIA compete in their divisions.

Saturday and Sunday the champions from the divisions will compete in “Super Bowls” to determine the all-division national champions in singles and doubles.

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October 11, 2013

Rasolomalala and Berjane advance at USTA/ITA Small College nationals

Georgia Perimeter College’s Niriantsa Rasolomalala advanced to the singles championship match and she and Fatyha Berjane advanced to the doubles semifinals Thursday and Friday at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla.

GPC’s Niriantsa Rasolomalala, left, and Fatyha Berjane display the Jaguars' motto on their jerseys. Photo/David Bennett

Thursday, Rasolomalala rallied to overcome Helga Pinones-Haltenhoff of Seminole State (Fla.) 6-7 (1), 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of eight regional champions.

In Friday morning’s semifinals, Rasolomalala rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Miranda Talbert of the State College of Florida, advancing to the title match for two-year colleges.

Rasolomalala faces Fausthy Pietersz of Tyler Junior College (Texas) for the singles championship Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Berjane and Rasolomalala won their first-round match Thursday in the eight-team doubles competition for two-year colleges.

The sophomore aces downed Hali Dickson and Nikki Thornburg of Orange Coast College (Calif.) 6-0, 6-1.

They take on Olivia Erlandsson and Jazz Whittaker of St. Petersburg College in Friday afternoon’s semifinals.

In September Rasolomalala and Berjane swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA/ITA Small College Southeast Regional Tournament at Oxford College of Emory. Rosolomalala won the singles championship in a close match with Berjane.

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

Rasolomalala and Berjane sweep USTA/ITA Small College finals

Georgia Perimeter College sophomore aces Niriantsa Rosolomalala and Fatyha Berjane swept the championship rounds in doubles and singles at the USTA/ITA Small College Southeast Regional Tournament Saturday at Oxford College of Emory in Oxford.

Singles champ Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Coach Mohamed Nait Omar.

Fatyha Berjane, left, and Niriantsa Rasolomalala won the doubles title and faced each other in the singles final.

Rasolomalala won the singles championship by edging Berjane 7-5, 6-3.

Earlier in the day, Rasolomalala won her semifinal with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Camelia Abdallah of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Berjane defeated Kelly Burge of ABAC 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

The duo teamed up in their third match of the day to win the doubles championship, defeating teammates Drew Anderson and D'Asha Davis 8-1 in the all-GPC final.

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:
WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINALS:

Niriantsa Rasolomalala, GPC, d. Camelia Abdallah, ABAC, 6-2, 6-1.
Fatyha Berjane, GPC, d. Kelly Burge, ABAC, 6-3, 6-2.
WOMEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP:
Niriantsa Rasolomalala d. Fatyha Berjane 7-5, 6-3.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP:
Niriantsa Rasolomalala/Fatyha Berjane, GPC, d. Drew Anderson/D'Asha Davis, GPC, 8-1.

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September 20, 2013

Jaguars excel in small college tourney

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team opened its fall season with an excellent showing in the first rounds of the USTA/ITA Small College Southeast Regional Tournament Friday at Oxford College of Emory in Oxford.

Sophomores Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane, the reigning NJCAA No. 2 singles champion, each won two singles matches to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

As a doubles duo, they won two matches and will face teammates Drew Anderson and D'Asha Davis in an all-Jaguar final Saturday.

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:
WOMEN’S SINGLES:
Niriantsa Rasolomalala d. Lorraine Chin Qui of ABAC 6-0 6-0 in the first round.
Niriantsa Rasolomalala d. Stephanie Ebo of Oxford College of Emory 6-0 6-0 in the second round.
Niriantsa Rasolomalala is now in the semifinals against Camelia Abdallah of ABAC.
Fatyha Berjane d. Tori Cauely of Middle Georgia State College 6-1 6-0 in the first round.
Fatyha Berjane d. Gillian Mitchell of ABAC 6-0 6-0 in the second round.
Fatyha Berjane is now in the semifinals and will face Kelly Burge of ABAC.
Drew Anderson d. Trisha Wharton of Middle Georgia State College 6-0 6-0 in the first round.
Camelia Abdallah of ABAC d. Drew Anderson 6-3 6-4 in the second round.
Kelly Burge of ABAC d. D'Asha Davis 6-1 6-0 in the first round.
D'Asha Davis d. Camille Lusher of Oxford College of Emory 8-2 in the first round of Consolation draw.

WOMEN’S DOUBLES:
Niriantsa/Fatyha d. Lusher/Ebo of Oxford College of Emory 8-0 in the first round.
Niriantsa/Fatyha d. Mitchell/Chon Qui of ABAC 8-2 in the semifinals.
Drew/D'Asha d. Toole/Isdahl of Oxford College of Emory 8-1 in the first round.
Drew/D'Asha d. Burge/Adballah of ABAC 8-3 in the semifinals.
Niriantsa/Fatyha will face Drew/D'Asaha in the All-GPC final.

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