Weekend Recap: Tennis Finishes Strong

Weekend Recap: Tennis Finishes Strong

The Georgia Southwestern State University men's tennis team wrapped up its 2018 season with a pair of victories over the weekend. GSW defeated Augusta University on Friday, 5-4, to record its first Peach Belt Conference team win in seven years. The Hurricanes followed it up with a 6-3 victory over Montreat College on Saturday morning.

GSW posted a 7-14 record in 2018, the most wins in the program's NCAA Division II era (started in 2007). Beau Millwood closed out his junior season on a three-match winning streak in singles, adding a Peach Belt victory at Young Harris on April 10. The No. 1 doubles team of senior Steven Blythe and junior Alex Canovas Ferrando, along with the No. 2 team of senior Johnathon Martin and freshman Nacho Garcia de Sola won both of their matches over the weekend. 

The GSW women's team came up on the short end of a pair of 6-3 scores in their final two matches. Despite losing the team results, the Lady Hurricanes were strong at the top of singles competition. GSW earned points at No. 1 and No. 2 singles both days as juniors Celia del Castillo and Maria Taboada closed out their seasons with back-to-back victories.

The Lady Hurricanes finished with a 7-17 record. The seven wins are the most by the program in five years.    


The Hurricanes swept through doubles play, led by wins from Blythe and Canovas at No. 1 and Martin and Garcia at No. 2. Blythe and Canovas defeated Patrick Oliveira and Alan Vilaro, 9-8 (7-4). Martin and Garcia knocked off Martin Hurtado and Gabriel Dos Santos, 8-6.

Millwood picked up the only victory in matches played out during singles for GSW. Millwood won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 over Vilaro. The Hurricanes earned a team point at No. 6 because Augusta defaulted the match due to a lack of traveling players available.

Garcia went to a decisive tiebreaker to decide the match at No. 4 singles, but lost 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) against Hurtado.   


GSW took two of three doubles matches Saturday, cruising to victories at No. 1 for Blythe and Canovas against Leopoldo Lucero and Enrique Smalley, 8-2, and No. 2 for Martin and Garcia against Lorward Choi and David Garcia, 8-1.   

Blythe, Canovas and Martin made it a sweep for the day as all three won their singles matches as well. Blythe won at No. 1 against Lucero, 6-1, 6-2. Canovas defeated Jacob Summerville at No. 2, 6-0, 6-1, and Martin came out on top, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5 against Choi. Millwood finished the season with his third consecutive singles victory, a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Jackson Plyler.

Garcia went to a decisive tiebreaker for the second straight day to decide the match at No. 4 singles, but fell 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) to Ben Cree.


The Lady Hurricanes fell behind 3-0 after being swept in doubles and split the singles decisions against the Wolves in Carrollton, Ga.

The No. 1 GSW doubles team of Castillo and Taboada lost in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-2) against Sara Watson and Gabby Chanthaphaeng. The Lady Hurricanes tandem went on to win in the top two slots in singles play. Castillo was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 1 against Brook Kane and Taboada cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 2 over Watson. The Lady Hurricanes picked up a team point at No. 3 singles as well after West Georgia retired in the first set.     


Castillo and Taboada accounted for all three GSW team points in the season finale as the ladies teamed for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles over Eva Miralles-Miro and Amelia Pinoargote before earning victories in singles play. 

Castillo won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles against Miralles-Miro and Taboada picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win against Ana Faria at No. 2.