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April 25, 2009

Exceptional Jaguars finish second in region

They did it with only four players.

The Georgia Perimeter College Lady Jaguars closed the book on an inspiring women’s tennis season Saturday in Tifton. The final chapter was a second-place finish in the Region 17 tournament for state schools. The Jaguars finished behind only sixth-ranked Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the host school, which advances to the National Junior College Athletics Association tourney.

"They did great to finish second in the region while rebuilding," coach Mohamed "Reda" Nait Omar said. "The team had an excellent season. It's turned the corner."

The second-place finish is exceptional, given that the squad consisted of only four players all season. That means that they had to forfeit two singles and one double match against every opponent, starting each match in a 3-0 hole.

Bich Vi Truong took second in her flight, consisting of each team's No. 2 player. She had two easy wins, losing only three games, but missed out on the individual title to a player who dropped fewer games.

Yooha Nam, at No. 1, and No. 3 Maria Bagnati won their initial matches before running into a powerful pair from ABAC.

Nam swept to a 6-0, 6-0 win, then fell to Monika Lalewicz 6-0, 6-0. Bagnati triumphed 6-3, 6-1, only to stumble to Chade Scott 6-3, 6-1.

The Lady Jaguars' double team of Vi and Voyka Milosavlgevic got off to a good start with a 6-2, 7-6 escape. They were beaten by ABAC's Scott and Calli Robinson 6-2, 7-6. Nam and Bagnati fell in their first doubles encounter.

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April 18, 2009

GPC downs Emory of Oxford

The momentum is back for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team, which ended its regular season Saturday with a 4-0 win over Emory of Oxford on the Dunwoody Campus.

The Jaguars (4-1) suffered their first loss earlier in the week after three victories.

They head to Tifton for the Region 17 tournament Saturday and Sunday off of an impressive outing.

Saturday’s match lacked the tension of the previous four, all of which wound up with a final score of 5-4.

Usually, the four-woman Jaguars team is outnumbered. But Emory brought only three players for the makeup of a Feb. 28 rainout.

Yooha Nam was nearly perfect, winning 6-1, while Maria Bagnati and Bich Vi Truong did not allow their opponents a single game. Nam and Bagnati took the lone doubles match 8-2.

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April 14, 2009

Player shortage leads to first loss

All season, the Georgia Perimeter College women's tennis team had lived by the 5-4 score. Tuesday, the Lady Jaguars died by it.

GPC, whose 3-0 record was built entirely on one-point wins, got the tables turned in a 5-4 defeat at Young Harris College. The Lady Jaguars actually took four of six played matches. But because their roster goes only four players deep, they forfeited the other three matches, thus dooming them to their first loss.

Yooha Nam and Maria Bagnati were the GPC standouts. Nam, playing No. 1 singles, triumphed 6-3, 6-3, while Bagnati won 6-0, 6-1. They teamed for a 8-3 victory in doubles.

Bich Vi Truong took her singles encounter 6-0, 6-3. In the decisive doubles with Voyka Molesavlgeis, who dropped her singles match 6-0, 6-0, the GPC duo was tied 5-5, only to lose the final three games for an 8-5 setback.

The Lady Jaguars were doubly tested Tuesday. Besides facing a formidable opponent, they left before dawn but did not hit the courts until mid-afternoon because of rain.

Both men's and women's teams take on Emory of Oxford at 10 a.m. Saturday at GPC's Dunwoody campus.

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March 22, 2009

Fantastic four remain undefeated

With a slim four-player roster, the Georgia Perimeter College women's tennis team enters each competition down 3-0.

A competition consists of six singles and three doubles, and the Lady Jaguars are unable to engage in two singles and one doubles matches.

Yet GPC's gang of four improved to 3-0 with a 5-4 escape over Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College at the Dunwoody campus Sunday. It was the Lady Jaguars' third win by that score and came after a five-week gap between outings, due in part to two rainouts.

Singles winners were Yooha Nam (6-1, 6-0), Maria Bagnati (6-2, 6-1) and Bich Vi Truong (5-0), whose opponent retired because of injury.

Nam and Bagnati hooked up for an 8-2 doubles victory, while Truong and cohort Voyka Milosavlgevic breezed 8-3 in the clincher. GPC takes to the courts again at 1 p.m. Thursday against Gordon College at home.

The Jaguars' home tennis matches are played at GPC's Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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February 28, 2009

Rain volley prevents matches

Saturday's steady rains washed out men's and women's tennis matches between Georgia Perimeter College and Oxford of Emory in Oxford. No makeup date was announced. The GPC men, still awaiting their first match of the season, now are scheduled to open March 18 at home against Itawamba Community College at 3 p.m. The Lady Jaguars (2-0), with two rainouts this season, are set to face Spartanburg Community College at home on March 22 at 10 a.m. The Jaguars' home tennis matches are played at GPC's Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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February 15, 2009

Jaguars open with two triumphs

By the slimmest of margins, competing with only four players, the Georgia Perimeter College women's tennis team opened the season with a pair of thrilling wins over the weekend on the Dunwoody Campus.

The Lady Jaguars beat Young Harris College 5-4 on Saturday and Albany State University 5-4 on Sunday, with the decisive match on both days coming at the end.

The big sophomore trio of Yooha Nam, Bich Vi Truong and Maria Bagnati won each day in dominant fashion, and the trio joined freshman Voyka Milosavljevic to sweep the doubles as well.

Coach Reda Nait Omar played Nam at No. 1 singles in both matches while alternating Truong and Bagnati at Nos. 2 and 3. Omar said the threesome is nearly even and that he would decide on the order before each competition.

On Saturday, Nam won 6-0, 6-0; Truong triumphed 6-0, 6-1, and Bagnati breezed 6-1, 6-1. The following day, the scores were 6-1, 6-1 (Nam), 6-0, 6-0 (Bagnati) and 6-2, 6-1 (Truong).

Nam and Bagnati teamed up to win 8-3 on Saturday and 8-0 on Sunday. The Truong-Voyka duo won 8-5 against Young Harris and 8-4 against Albany State.

It was Bagnati who won the clincher Saturday. The next day, it was Nam's turn to salt away GPC's win.

The Lady Jaguars toss the ball up again on Feb. 28 against Florida Community College in Oxford at 9 a.m. The next home match will be on Sunday, March 22, at 10 a.m.

The Lady Jaguars' home tennis matches are played at GPC's Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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February 14, 2009

Jaguar veterans brighten season outlook

First-year women's tennis coach Mohamed "Reda" Nait Omar will have to exercise brain power before penciling in the top three names in the Georgia Perimeter College lineup at matches this season.

No. 1: Yooha Nam, Bich Vi Truong or Maria Bagnati.

No. 2: Bich Vi Truong, Maria Bagnati or Yooha Nam.

No. 3: Maria Bagnati Yooha Nam or Bich Vi Truong.

It was the same top three combo last season that proved successful as the Lady Jaguars went 4-2. In the postseason, they were eliminated from the Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) playoffs by perennial dominator Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Nait Omar, who recruited some current GPC players while assisting former coach Greg Ward last year, says the sophomore threesome compares favorably to any region rival's, even ABAC's.

"Our one, two and three are as strong as theirs," he said. "They just have depth."

That's where the Lady Jaguars need Voyka Milosavljevic, a new addition to the team, to step up. The remaining players of last year's thin squad completed their eligibility, and Nait Omar brought in no freshmen. He plans to fill out the roster with students already enrolled—and Milosavlejevic answered the call.

Milosavljevic, a freshman who hails from Venezuela, makes four on the team—enough to compete, and win.

Because each competition consists of six singles and three doubles matches, Milosavljevic and any latecomers could determine whether GPC improves on its 2008 achievements.

""Voyka has been a great addition," Nait Omar said. "I expect us to equal last year's effort and, hopefully, to surpass it."

Nam, from Weston City, Fla., "is very disciplined," he said. "She works hard, doesn't complain. The other girls feed off that."

The coach characterized Truong, who hails from Vietnam, as a player in practice who elevates her game when it's match time.

"She's very consistent, savvy," he said. "She has very good groundstrokes, especially from the baseline."

Bagnati, out of Chattahoochee High in Alpharetta, shares the consistency trait with Truong, Nait Omar said. Another plus: "She gets along very well with the rest of the team."

Nait Omar, a former professional, trades strokes with the players and, as men's coach, mixes the teams in practice. It's an approach that he hopes will keep the Lady Jaguars, whose 2000 edition won a national championship, in the right direction—headed farther north in the Region 17 standings.

GPC opens on Valentine Day's weekend with 11 a.m. matches on its Dunwoody campus against Young Harris College (Saturday) and Albany State (Sunday).

The Lady Jaguars' home tennis matches are played at GPC's Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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