Columbus State advances to final
Cougars take doubles point, steamroll to regional title match
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Eighth-ranked Columbus State downed No. 25 North Georgia 5-1 Saturday morning in the NCAA Southeast Region 2 Semifinals at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.
"North Georgia played really well today," CSU head coach Evan Isaacs said. "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 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 against 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.