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Men's and Women's Tennis Hit the Courts in New Orleans
Sept. 26, 2013
The Georgia Gwinnett men’s and women’s tennis teams travel to the 2013 USTA/ITA South Regional Championships this Friday through Sunday in New Orleans, La., hosted by Xavier University of Louisiana.
The Grizzlies will compete against many of the NAIA’s top programs from around the Southeast, including four of the top 13 men’s programs and each of the top three women’s programs from last spring’s final rankings.
This weekend marks the first action of the year for the GGC women, while players from the men’s team will hit the courts for the second time this fall.
“This is going to be a great measuring stick for both our men’s and women’s teams,” Grizzlies head coach Chase Hodges said. “Players from some of the top teams in the NAIA are in the field at this weekend’s event and we are eager to hit the courts to compete. We have been working very hard in practice and now it’s time to play.”
The event features singles and doubles action and only individual results will carry over toward spring records. Team results are not affected by fall play.
Representatives from the men’s team will be Bruno Tiberti, Erik Moberg, Tony Kostadinov, Hernan Hatem and Evgeny Silitski. All five competed at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships earlier this month, as the Grizzlies racked up five singles wins and two doubles victories against some of the top NCAA Division I talent in the nation.
The GGC women will be paced this weekend by returning players Paloma Cortina and Rocio Fernandez, plus newcomers Luma Schwab and Victoria Svennson.
The Grizzlies also feature doubles pairs of Tiberti/Moberg, Kostadinov/Silitski, Cortina/Schwab and Fernandez/Svennson.
The action will take place at the XU Tennis Center and the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans.
Tiberti has earned the number two overall seed in the men’s singles draw.
The women’s field is highlighted by players from three-time defending NAIA national champion Auburn Montgomery.
Singles and doubles champions from both the men’s and women’s fields will advance to the USTA/ITA National Championships next month in Fort Myers, Fla.
Daily results will be posted on GrizzlyAthletics.com as they become available.