MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men’s tennis team and head coach Steve Barsby are coming into the season with six returners and one newcomer. The Bobcats look to come back as strong as last season. Georgia College finished last season at No. 19 in the country and No. 7 in the Southeast Region.
“Things are looking great for the team this year,” said coach Barsby. “We are looking to improve on what we accomplished last year and move towards another successful season. We have a strong core of guys and any one of them can pull out victories in their respective slots.”
The Bobcats have two seniors on the roster this season. Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) ended the season with the record of 13-7 in singles. He had the second most victories for the Bobcats. Bernardes added a 13-9 record in doubles action.
Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) is a returning senior who finished last season strong. He garnered All-PBC Second Team and PBC All-Academic Team honors. Leborgne defeated tough competition last spring when he had a win over No. 15 Leandro Feirreira of West Florida. He gracefully ended his spring season going 14-9 in doubles.
“I am looking for our seniors to lead this team on and off the court this season,” said coach Barsby. “Jerome and Leo have looked good in the fall and seem to be ready for the 2011 season.”
The Bobcats add one Junior to the team and have three returners. Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) led the Bobcats in victories this past season. He ended the season with a 14-5 record in singles play. Andersson put together a conference record of 4-3.
Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) brings strength and emotion to the Bobcat lineup. He is a PBC Presidential Scholar and ended the spring season with a 12-10 record in singles play. His 10th career singles win was in March over North Georgia’s Brandon Sloan. Franks went 13-10 in doubles play and earned his 10th career doubles win over SCAD in Feb.
Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) is a new addition to the Bobcats. He is a transfer from UNLV in Las Vegas. Last season he finished with an 8-10 singles record. Konyves competed for the Rebels for two seasons.
“Kasper is going to compete for a top spot on the team,” said coach Barsby. “We are expecting him to be a great addition to this roster.”
Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) made the All-PBC Second Team as a sophomore. He went 12-7 in singles play. He grabbed his 20th singles win in March over Eriskine’s Christian Ranquelov.
The Bobcats have one returning sophomore, Mario Cardenas (Kennesaw, Ga.) He received his first career win last season over Kyle Sprow of USC Aiken in Feb. Cardenas went 2-2 in singles play and a 1-1 record in conference play.
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