2018 Men's Tennis
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Federico Barbon (left) and Julian Pereira (right)
Men's Tennis - Sun, Sep. 24, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.   Point University men's tennis traveled to the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) South Regional Tournament, hosted by NAIA national men's and women's tennis champions Georgia Gwinnett College, Sept. 22-24, in Lawrenceville, Ga.  Sophomore Federico Barbon (Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina) became the first player ever in Point's five-year men's tennis history to advance into the ITA Regional championship quarterfinals.


The regional tournament field included two-time defending NAIA national champion and tournament hosts, Georgia Gwinnett, which ranked number one in the final coaches' poll after the NAIA national tournament; number two-ranked Xavier University (La.); number 11 University of Mobile (Ala.); number 14 Middle Georgia State; number 15 SCAD-Savannah; number 16 Reinhardt University (Ga.); and number 25 SCAD-Atlanta.  Point ranked 33rd in last season's final poll.


"It was great to go head-to-head with seven of the nation's top 25 NAIA teams," commented head coach Chad Simpson (fourth season).  "Federico really rose to challenge to win two hard-fought matches to reach the quarters.  We had a fantastic recruiting class this year so we needed to see where we are at compared to these nationally ranked teams.  I think we are right there, but the good news is that all of our players have not yet maxed out their abilities and they are hungry to keep striving to be their best."


Four singles players and two doubles pairs competed in the regional event.  Barbon won his round-of-32 match against Alvaro Conesa from Middle Georgia State in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7) and advanced to the round of 16, where he defeated Gregor Hutterer from Georgia Gwinnett by scores of 6-4, 6-4.  Barbon drew another Georgia Gwinnett player, Mika Kosonen, in the quarterfinals and lost 6-1, 6-0.  Kosonen lost in the semifinals to the number one seed, Kevin Konfederak from Georgia Gwinnett, 6-3 and 6-0.


Barbon and his doubles partner, Julian Pereira (Paris, France) began doubles competition in the round of 16 with an 8-1 victory over Masao Perret and Santino Romeo from Middle Georgia State, and lost to the number two-seeded team, Tim Buehler and Mark Simons from University of Mobile by a score of 8-3.  Mobile's pair then lost its semifinal match to unseeded Federico Herrera Duran and Mika Kosonen from Georgia Gwinnett.


Pereira lost in the singles round of 32, 6-3 and 6-4, to Masao Perrett from Middle Georgia State and then upset number three-seeded Illy Filanchuk from University of Mobile, 9-7, in the consolation third round and advanced to the consolation quarterfinals where he lost to Gabriel Niculescu from Xavier (La.), 8-6.


Point's Sam Blackburn lost in the round of 32, 6-2 and 6-1 to Fabio Pereira from Reinhardt and won by walkover over Tim Buehler from University of Mobile in round two of consolation and lost to Pierre Andrieu from Xavier (La.), 8-4.


Blackburn also teamed with junior Steven Tracy (Saint Simons Island, GA) in the doubles draw, and defeated Robby Mayher and Paul Taylor from Brewton-Parker College, 8-1 in the round of 32, and lost to Jordan Skalet and Jonah Tewes-McCoy from SCAD in the round of 16, 8-6.


Tracy faced Mark Simons from Mobile in his round-of-32 match and lost 6-1 and 6-2.  In the second round of consolation, Tracy lost to Santino Romeo from Middle Georgia State, 8-3.


NEXT COMPETITION:  Point continues the 2017 fall season when it competes at the Gridiron Classic, hosted by Mercer University, Oct. 6-8, in Macon, Georgia.  Point wraps up its 2017 fall season when it competes at the Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzly Invitational, Oct. 13-15, in Lawrenceville, Ga.