AMERICUS - Jake Koonce and Valentin Demande did something against the perennial national power Columbus State men's tennis team that Georgia Southwestern hadn't accomplished in almost five years: win a double match. It was the Hurricanes only team point on Wednesday afternoon as the 7th-ranked Cougars won 8-1 at the Susan K. Smith Tennis Complex.
CSU improves to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the Peach Belt Conference while Southwestern slips to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the PBC.
Koonce and Demande defeated Olivier Simonet and Marco Almorin, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. The last GSW doubles victory against CSU came on April 7, 2008, when Brent Bjerregaard and Brenton Hochstetler won 9-8 at No. 1.
Matt Vansant played a strong opening set, falling 7-5, against 25th-ranked Marco Almorin at No. 3 singles before losing the second, 6-1.
The Hurricanes resume match play on March 13 when they host North Georgia at 2:30 p.m.
#7 COLUMBUS STATE 8, GSW MEN 1
1. #24 Olivier Simonet (CSUM) def. Jake Koonce (GSW-M) 6-3, 6-4
2. Gordan Divljak (CSUM) def. Joseph Bjerregaard (GSW-M) 6-2, 6-1
3. #25 Marco Almorin (CSUM) def. Matt Vansant (GSW-M) 7-5, 6-1
4. Danilo Sardelli (CSUM) def. Stephen Moore (GSW-M) 6-2, 6-3
5. Adi Malicbegovic (CSUM) def. Valentin Demande (GSW-M) 6-1, 6-2
6. Benedikt Wilde (CSUM) def. Chris Eastwood (GSW-M) 6-1, 6-2
1. Jake Koonce/Valentin Demande (GSW-M) def. Olivier Simonet/Marco Almorin (CSUM) 8-5
2. Gordan Divljak/Oussama Zoghlami (CSUM) def. Joseph Bjerregaard/Matt Vansant (GSW-M) 8-4
3. Danilo Sardelli/Michael Trebuhov (CSUM) def. Stephen Moore/Chris Eastwood (GSW-M) 8-6
Columbus State 9-1, 4-1 PBC; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Georgia Southwestern 2-8, 0-4 PBC
The Lady Hurricanes had their hands full with 6th-ranked Columbus State on Wednesday afternoon as the Cougars cruised to an 8-0 victory.
With the win, CSU remains perfect in 2013 at 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the Peach Belt Conference. GSW falls to 5-7, 0-4 in the PBC.
The Lady 'Canes top showing in the opening doubles matches came at No. 2 where Taylor Jones and Kalie Douberly lost 8-4.
Ginny Jones had GSW's strongest singles performance, losing at No. 4 to Laura Chapman, 6-3, 6-3.
Next up for the Southwestern women is the University of Tampa on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Susan K. Smith Tennis Complex.
#6 COLUMBUS STATE 8, GSW WOMEN 0
1. #6 Paola Cigui (CSUW) def. Kalie Douberly (GSW-W) 6-0, 6-1
2. #42 Carolin Weikard (CSUW) def. Carly Cangelosi (GSW-W) 6-0, 6-0
3. #47 Olivera Jokic (CSUW) def. Victoria Ondo (GSW-W) 6-3, 6-1
4. Laura Chapman (CSUW) def. Ginny Jones (GSW-W) 6-3, 6-3
5. Andrea Redrado (CSUW) def. Taylor Jones (GSW-W) 6-1, 6-2
6. Mollie McGowan (GSW-W) vs. Renata Paiva (CSUW) unfinished
1. #9 Paola Cigui/Carolin Weikard (CSUW) def. Carly Cangelosi/Victoria Ondo (GSW-W) 8-0
2. Laura Chapman/Olivera Jokic (CSUW) def. Taylor Jones/Kalie Douberly (GSW-W) 8-4
3. Renata Paiva/Andrea Redrado (CSUW) def. Ginny Jones/Mollie McGowan (GSW-W) 8-1
Columbus State 10-0, 5-0 PBC; National ranking #6; Regional ranking #2
Georgia Southwestern 5-7, 0-4 PBC