Men's Tennis Sends Four into Third Round in New Orleans

GGC's Evgeny Silitski

Sept. 27, 2013

The Georgia Gwinnett men’s tennis team pushed four different players into the round of 16 thanks to victories on the opening day of the 2013 USTA/ITA South Regional Championships on Friday in New Orleans, La.

All five GGC entrants in the singles field earned at least one victory on the day, while two players posted back-to-back wins to advance in the field.

Number two overall seed Bruno Tiberti earned a bye and then dispatched Belhaven’s Daniel Prado, 6-2, 6-1 to move into the round of 16.

Georgia Gwinnett’s Erik Moberg, Hernan Hatem and Evgeny Silitski all remain alive in the draw while Hatem and Silitski posted two wins on the day.

Many of the nation’s top NAIA programs are represented in the event, which is hosted by Xavier University of Louisiana.

“Today was a great start to our NAIA season as our players came out focused and ready for the challenges at hand,” said GGC head coach Chase Hodges. “There are a lot of quality players in this field and this offers a great chance for us to test ourselves against some of the best programs in the country.”

Moberg earned a first-round bye and then topped Adam Albrecht of Xavier, 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 32.

Hatem began the day by outlasting Belhaven’s David Mejia, 6-1, 6-4, then advanced another round by defeating Rafael Hewett of Point, 6-3, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Silitski first took out Eduardo Garcia of Loyola with a clean 6-0, 6-0 sweep before turning aside Josh Reason of AUM, 7-6 (4), 6-3.



Sophomore Tony Kostadinov topped Belhaven’s Lachlan Puyol, 6-0, 6-2, before falling to the tournament’s top overall seed in Nicolas Pinones of Auburn Montgomery, 6-2, 6-0, in the round of 32.

In doubles action, Tiberti and Moberg earned the number two seed in the draw and after a bye on Friday will begin action Saturday. Elsewhere, Kostadinov and Silitski teamed up to top Xavier’s Kevin Chaouat and Vincenzo Ciccone in the first round, 8-4.

Action resumes on Saturday at the XU Tennis Center and the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans.