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May 15, 2012

Jaguars land No. 12 (tie) in nation

In its most successful campaign in recent memory, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team returned to the national tournament for the first time in years and finished among the top teams.

The No. 12 Jaguars: front row, from left, Ashley Andry, Idia Amen, Nea Krpo; back row, head coach Reda Nait Omar, Salma Dahbi, Asia Boyd, Sadia Mayou, assistant coach Miranda Foley; not shown, Alexia Alleyne. Photos/Bill Roa

Freshman ace Idia Amen won three matches and advanced to the third flight singles semifinals, helping the Jaguars to a 12th-place tie in last week’s National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 national tournament in Tyler, Texas.

Georgia Perimeter, coached by Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar and assistant coach Miranda Foley, tallied a total of 17 points in singles and doubles flights, tying for 12th place with Eastern Arizona College.

“The team had an excellent season,” Nait Omar said. “But their draws were not to our benefit. And I expected some of them to do better.”

Twenty-nine teams competed in the five-day tournament, which host Tyler Junior College won—the third consecutive national championship for the Apaches. State College of Florida finished in second place.

Georgia Perimeter’s NJCAA Region 17 rival, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, finished in 11th place with 17.5 points.

Complete results can be found at the tournament website.

Amen, a freshman, was seeded seventh in the No. 3 singles pre-tournament rankings, and she defeated the third seed in the quarterfinals. But after winning matches in “round of 32,” “sweet 16,” and quarterfinals (“elite eight”), Amen finally met her match in the final four.

Idia Amen won three matches, advancing to the No. 3 singles semifinals.

She fell to No. 2 seed Lai Wei (State College of Florida) 6-4, 6-1. Wei went on to win the No. 3 singles championship.

“Idia Amen really did a great job in her matches,” said Nait Omar.

In No. 1 doubles, Amen and Salma Dahbi drew a first-round bye because their tandem was ranked third in the nation, the seeded bye earning two points for GPC. They entered the competition at the round of 16, defeating the top-flight duo from St. Petersburg College (Fla.). But they lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual runner-up team from State College of Florida.

In the top-flight singles competition, Dahbi reached the round of 16, where she forced the flight’s No. 1 seeded player, Diana Davitaia (Cowley County Community College, Kansas) into a third set. Davitaia eventually won the struggle, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 and advanced to capture the national runner-up trophy.

Other Jaguars reaching the round of 16 were Sadia Mayou in No. 2 singles; fifth-seeded Mayou and Asia Boyd in No. 2 doubles and Alexia Alleyne and Ashley Andrey in No. 3 doubles.

Asia Boyd rallied to advance to the No. 5 singles consolation final.

All seven Jaguars at the tournament won at least one match in either singles or doubles. Losers in the round of 32 entered a consolation bracket, and GPC’s lower-flight players advanced there.

Boyd, seeded seventh but losing in the No. 5 singles round of 32, won three consolation matches, defeating Abraham Baldwin’s Nikki Hall in the semifinals and advancing to the final match of the bracket before losing. Boyd had bested Hall twice in matches earlier this season.

“Asia really pulled it together after the early loss and competed very well—super proud of her.” Nait Omar said.

As a result of the Jaguars’ performance at the tournament, Nait Omar was voted the NJCAA/ITA Region 17 Coach of the Year.

The results for the Jaguars, with the round in parentheses and the player’s seeding number indicated:

SINGLES FLIGHT 1: (32) Salma Dahbi d. Jennifer Ingersoll (Kaskaskia College, Ill.) 6-1, 6-0; (16) No. 2 Diana Davitaia (Cowley Co. C.C., Kansas) d. Dahbi 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

SINGLES FLIGHT 2: (32) Sadia Mayou d. Katie Hayes (Lewis & Clark, Ill.) 6-1, 6-1; (16) No. 4 Gita Niznik (ASA College, N.Y.) d. Mayou 6-2, 6-2.

SINGLES FLIGHT 3: (32) No. 7 Idia Amen d. Katherine Downing (Itawamba C.C.) 6-1, 6-0; (16) Amen d. Jessica Halterman (Meridian C. C., Miss.) 6-1, 6-1; (Q) Amen d. No. 3 Lyudmyla Lisovska (ASA College, N.Y.) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4; (SF) No. 2 Lai Wei (State College, Fla.) d. Amen 6-4, 6-1.

SINGLES FLIGHT 4: (32) Brittany Harness (Temple College, Texas) d. Nea Krpo 6-0, 6-0.

SINGLES FLIGHT 5: (32) Jestine Arreola (Temple College, Texas) d. No. 7 Asia Boyd 7-5, 6-0.

SINGLES FLIGHT 6: (32) Leslie Martin (Meridian C.C., Miss.) d. Alexia Alleyne 6-3, 7-6 (5).

DOUBLES FLIGHT 1: (32) No. 3 Salma Dahbi/Idia Amen, bye (2 points); (16) Dahbi/Amen d. Yurina Kunishima/Greta Veinberga (St. Petersburg College, Fla.) 6-4, 6-0; (QF) No. 5 Mariana Palacios/Laurence Porry (State College of Florida) d. Dahbi/Amen 6-3, 6-2.

DOUBLES FLIGHT 2: (32) No. 5 Sadia Mayou/Asia Boyd d. Olivia Garza/Sou Weng San (College of Dupage, Ill.), withdrawal, injury; (16) Lexi Herting/Jean Ochs (Johnson Co. C.C., Kansas) d. Mayou/Boyd 7-5, 7-5.

DOUBLES FLIGHT 3: (32) Alexia Alleyne/Ashley Andry d. Olivia Cole-Encinas/Alicia Vasquez (Pima C.C., Ariz.) 6-4, 6-0; (16) No. 6 Amanda Angulo/Paula Garcia d. Alleyne/Andry 6-1, 6-2.

CONSOLATION SINGLES FLIGHT 4: (32) Krpo d. Jennifer Lee (College of Lake Co., Ill.) 6-0, 6-4; (16) Krpo, bye; (QF) Susan Nguyen (Seward Co. C.C., Kansas) d. Krpo 6-1, 6-2.

CONSOLATION SINGLES FLIGHT 5: (32) Boyd d. Victoria Wadowski (College of Dupage, Ill.) 6-4, 6-1; (16) Boyd, bye; (QF) Boyd d. Leticia Monteiro (Seward Co. C.C., Kansas) 6-4, 6-3; (SF) Boyd d. Nikki Hall (ABAC, Ga.) 7-5, 7-5; (F) Taylor Spradlin (Seminole State C.C., Fla.) d. Boyd 6-0, 6-1.

CONSOLATION SINGLES FLIGHT 6: (32) Alleyne, bye; (16) Alleyne, bye; (QF) Julia Saunders (ABAC, Ga.) d. Alleyne 6-3, 6-1.

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April 27, 2012

Jaguars invited to nationals; avenge region loss to ABAC

For the first time in years, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s team is heading to the NJCAA national tournament.

Sadia Mayou won her No. 2 singles match 6-2, 6-2. Photos/Bill Roa

If there were any doubts about GPC deserving its at-large bid to the nationals, they were erased Friday with a 6-3 win over rival Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on the Dunwoody Campus.

ABAC eked out a 5-4 win in an earlier dual match, then narrowly won the Region 17 title last week by a single game point.

The Jaguars (5-4) partly avenged those setbacks, thanks to a strong showing in singles. No. 2 singles player Sadia Mayou won 6-2, 6-2 over Jordan Carter. Idia Amen upended Karen Ching at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-3.

At No. 5, Asia Boyd beat Nikki Hall 6-4, 6-2. Alexia Alleyne, at No. 6, stifled Olivia Robbins 6-2, 6-1.

Amen collaborated with Salma Dahbi at No. 1 doubles to overwhelm Carter and Chanel Cunningham 8-0. Alleyne teamed with Ashley Andry for an 8-6 win over Hall and Robbins at No. 3.

Dahbi could not conquer rival Cunningham at No. 1 singles, losing 6-3, 6-4, while Nea Krpo was bettered by Carli Hester at No. 4, 6-1, 6-1. Mayou-Boyd were no match in doubles against Ching-Hester, bowing 8-4.

The Jaguars next head to Tyler, Texas, for the NJCAA nationals, which begin May 6.

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April 21, 2012

One point in No. 2 singles determines Jaguars’ fate at region

For the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team, it was agonizingly close, but no celebration, again.

The Jaguars, who lost 5-4 to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the regular season, lost again 5-4 to their rival in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship match Saturday in Tifton. And it all came down to one point on a disputed call in the No. 2 singles match.

With the Jaguars down 3-2 in singles, and the ABAC crowd cheering loudly for the Fillies’ Karen Ching, Sadia Mayou produced a heroic effort to win her No. 2 singles match and avoid going into the afternoon’s doubles matches with a 4-2 disadvantage.

Several exchanges seemed to last for minutes with Mayou making some spectacular lunging returns. One close call would have won a game for Mayou late in the second set, but it went the other way.

“We lost by one point,” said GPC head coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar. “Sadia fought real well, but ABAC played good tennis. I give credit where credit is due.”

The outcome gives Abraham Baldwin, rather than GPC, a guaranteed berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament, beginning May 6 in Tyler, Texas. The Jaguars, ranked 10th, await a possible at-large invitation.

Idia Amen and Asia Boyd won in straight sets for GPC. Amen, at No. 3 singles, upended Jordan Carter 6-4, 7-5, and No. 4 Boyd disposed of Nikki Hall 6-3, 6-4.

Amen joined Salma Dahbi at No. 1 doubles to defeat Carter and Chanel Cunningham 6-2, 6-3. Boyd and Mayou, at No. 2 doubles, downed Ching and Carli Hester 6-4, 6-3.

Alleyne and Ashley Andry stumbled to Hall and Olivia Robbins at No. 3 doubles 7-5, 6-3.

For the second time this season, Dahbi fell short at No. 1 singles against the formidable Cunningham 6-3, 6-3.

Alexia Alleyne, who triumphed twice Friday, lost her momentum Saturday and the No. 6 singles match to Julia Saunders 6-4, 6-0.

Friday, the Jaguars got off to a nearly perfect start at the tournament with a win over Emory at Oxford.

The Jaguars took three singles and one doubles match, with Alleyne the busiest player. She beat Griffin Murphy at No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-0, then teamed with Andry at No. 3 doubles to outlast Murphy and Taylor Stowe 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

At No. 1 singles, Dahbi was in control from the start, beating Campbell Moore 6-0, 6-0. At No. 5, Boyd tripped up Stowe 6-2, 6-1. The lone setback came at No. 4 singles, with Nea Krpo unable to close out sets in tiebreakers. She fell to Ellen Kim 7-6, 7-6. GPC, ranked 10th in the NJCAA, shut down Oxford 9-0 in the regular season.

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April 19, 2012

High-ranked Emory blanks Jaguars

One consoling note for the Georgia Perimeter College women’ s tennis team: The opposition at this weekend’ s NJCAA Region 17 tournament in Tifton will not approach the degree of difficulty from Thursday’ s regular season finale.

Emory University, ranked second in NCAA Division 3, downed the Jaguars 9-0 at Emory. GPC failed to win a set against the Eagles (13-4), who have six shutout victories this year.

Idia Amen, at No. 3 singles, was the most competitive Jaguars player, falling 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 to Brenna Kelly.

In the No. 1 singles match, Salma Dahbi pushed Gabrielle Clark before bowing 6-1, 6-3.

Sadia Mayou dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Zahra Dawson, who claimed her 83rd singles match at Emory, second most in school history. Dawson is a four-year All-America selection.

In other singles matches, No. 4 Nea Krpo lost to Lauren Pinsky 6-1, 6-0, No. 5 Asia Boyd to Catharine Harris 6-2, 6-0, and No. 6 Alexia Alleyne to Allie Damico 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, Dahbi-Amen and Alleyne-Ashley Andry each stumbled 8-2 to Clark-Dawson and Harris-Danielle Truitt, respectively.

The No. 2 pairing of Mayou-Boyd was blanked by Jordan Wylie and Pinsky 8-0.

The Jaguars, ranked 10th in the NCAA, begin region play Friday on the campus of No. 9 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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April 19, 2012

Jaguar Journal: Lady Jags’ tourney hopes high

Jaguar Journal: Lady Jags’ tourney hopes high On April Fool’ s Day, Salma Dahbi was in no joking mood. Dahbi, Georgia Perimeter College’ s premier tennis player, struggled against Chanel Cunningham of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, losing 6-2, 6-3.

The Jaguars dropped three other singles matches that day in a 5-4 defeat that was both disappointing and encouraging, but coach “Reda” Nait Omar hones in on the result of his sophomore from Morocco as the critical outcome that afternoon.

“It wasn’ t her best day,” Nait Omar said. “But she’ s ready now, training hard.”

That bodes well for GPC, which must overcome ABAC at the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament this weekend on the Fillies’ courts in Tifton.

The tournament champion earns an automatic invitation to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament, starting May 6 in Tyler, Texas

An at-large bid seems unlikely. GPC was 4-3 prior to its final dual competition Thursday at Emory University, ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division 3.

There is cause for optimism. The Jaguars won three of four before its encounter with Emory. They were caked in rust when going against ABAC, having not played in five weeks.

Dahbi topped Cunningham last season in a grueling 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 match at GPC’ s Dunwoody courts. Going into Thursday’ s match at Emory, she was 5-1 in singles competition this year.

Nait Omar is counting on her to step up this weekend at the climax of a strong season, the setback to Cunningham notwithstanding.

“She is very competitive,” Nait Omar said. “Her competitiveness has to show right now.”

“She wants to redeem herself.”

The hallmark for No. 2 singles player Sadia Mayou has been consistency. A sophomore from Togo, Mayou was unscathed last season at 10-0. Among her 2012 season highlights was a straight-sets win at ABAC on April 1. She stood at 5-2 in singles going into Thursday’ s match.

Freshman Idia Amen of Dallas, Texas, at No. 3 singles, also won in Tifton while compiling an impressive 6-1 record prior to Thursday’s Emory visit. Her lone singles loss was at Shorter College, an NCAA Division 2 school.

Sophomore Asia Boyd of Atlanta (Dunwoody High) adds to the experience level established by Dahbi and Myou. However, the No. 4 singles player did not win her first match of the season until April 6. Nait Omar hopes her intensity and sure-handed play carries over into the regional.

“Asia is very intense,” Nait Omar said. “She runs every ball down.”

Nea Krpo of Duluth (Whitmore) fills the No. 5 singles role. GPC has gotten a recent lift at No. 6 with late arrival Alexia Alleyne from the Virgin Islands.

A midseason walk-on, Alleyne contributed with a recent win while stepping in for the usual No. 6 player, Ashley Andry of Marietta (Wheeler High).

“She is helping,” Nait Omar said of Alleyne. “She is catching on pretty quick.”

Still, the coach expressed concern that GPC might be short on the necessary depth to make inroads during the postseason, especially with ABAC’ s squad typically strong. The Fillies have lorded over the region for years.

“Most of the teams [that defeated GPC] had better depth than us,” Nait Omar said. “We can improve the depth in our women’ s program. We just don’ t have a lot.”

Uncertain with how the lower-flight players will fare, the coach has placed high expectations on his 1-2-3 punch, Dahbi, Mayou and Amen.

“If our top players perform well,” he said, “we will have a chance to win the regional. We are counting on them to win all of their matches.”

In fact, Nait Omar added, a Jaguars GCAA title would not be considered an upset to him, even though the Fillies are confirmed favorites.

His planned message to the team: “This is the time you’ ve got to go out there and compete as hard as you can.”

Nothing less will suffice.

JAGUAR JOLTS: Dahbi and Amen form a compatible No. 1 doubles team, with Dahbi excelling at the baseline and Amen on volleys. Mayou and Boyd handle No. 2 doubles, with Krpo and Andry comprise the usual pairing at No. 3. . . . Playing Emory on the eve of the regional might seem like peculiar scheduling, but Nait Omar approaches it more as a practice match. “ It will be good for the girls to keep their level up,” he said. “ Emory is very, very strong. The girls are going to get a wake-up call.” … Actually, the Jaguars awakened April 6. In wins over Central Alabama Community College that day and Emory at Oxford six days later, they took 17 of a possible 18 points. … The GCAA also serves as Region 17 of the NJCAA.

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April 12, 2012

GPC women blank Emory of Oxford

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team has found its groove. After a slow start to the season, the Jaguars were in complete control for the second straight outing and put away Emory of Oxford 9-0 Thrusday in Covington.

Following an 8-1 win last week, GPC improved to 4-3 and was never pressed, except for at No. 6 singles. Alexia Alleyne, in her second match as a Jaguar, rallied to topple Griffin Murphy 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.

In the top four singles duels, GPC won each 6-0, 6-0. Salma Dahbi, who missed the team’s last match, beat Campbell Moore. Dahbi improved her season singles record to 5-1.

Other untouchable winners were Sadia Mayou over Sajin Park, Idia Amen over Adrifi Gulati and Asia Boyd over Ellen Kim. Amen is 6-1 on the season in singles.

At No. 5, Nea Krpo had her match well in hand, beating Taylor Stowe 6-2, 6-1.

The doubles portion of the match was just as dominant for GPC. Dahbi-Amen handled Moore-Park 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. Mayou-Boyd bounced Gulati-Kin 8-2, and Ashley Andry joined Krpo to take care of Stowe-Murphy 8-1.

The Jaguars face big road tests next week—first on Thursday when they take on NCAA Division 3 member Emory University on its Atlanta campus.

Then they will make the long trip to Tifton for next weekend’ s conference tournament at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. ABAC has been the dominant, perennial tennis power in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, but on April 1 the Jags battled the Fillies to a 5-4 decision in Tifton.

The winner of the GCAA tournament goes to Tyler, Texas, on May 6 for the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.

GPC will host Abraham Baldwin on April 27 for a regular-season GCAA match.

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April 6, 2012

Jaguars get individual firsts in victory

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team got a “double-A” charge from its No. 5 singles player Friday and upended Central Alabama Community College 8-1 at home.

Freshman Ashley Andry rallied to win her singles match after dropping the first set. Photos/Bill Roa

Sophomore Asia Boyd went three sets to get her first singles victory of the season.

Ashley Andry captured her first win at GPC—the hard way. She lost the opening set to Katelyn Lowe in a tie-breaker. Then, after breezing 6-1 in the second set, Andry closed it out by winning the third 10-8.

In posting her first singles victory of the season, Asia Boyd also was extended in three sets while also winning her finale over Mora Alcaino by 10-8.

Boyd, at No. 3, appeared headed to an easier time by taking the first set 6-0, but she dropped the second 5-7.

“Credit should go to Ashley Andry for her first win in a tiebreaker,” said GPC head coach Mohamed Nait Omar. “And to Asia Boyd, as well. She pulled off the win in a tiebreaker, too. Everyone did a great job.”

The Jaguars’ No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, Sadia Mayou and Idia Amen, won by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores. Mayou defeated Maggie Dowling and Amen overcame Qurat Rai.

Mayou and Boyd teamed in doubles to down Dowling-Rai 8-4. Amen joined Nea Krpo to squeak past Alcaino and Erin Pogue 8-6.

Alexia Alleyne’s 6-1, 6-4 setback to Pogue accounted for the Trojans’ only point. Because they did not have a No. 3 doubles or No. 6 singles entry, GPC was awarded the other two points.

The Jaguars, playing their second match this month after being idle for all of March, pulled their record to 3-3. They confront Emory at Oxford next Thursday in Covington at 4:30 p.m.

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April 1, 2012

Jaguars finish one point short against powerful ABAC

Sadia Mayou and Idia Amen did their part, but the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis duo could not get enough help in a tough 5-4 loss to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Sunday in Tifton.

Mayou and Amen won the No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, against ABAC, a powerhouse in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Mayou beat Karen Ching 6-3, 6-2, with Amen tripping up Jordan Carter 6-3, 6-0.

Mayou joined Asia Boyd in doubles to blank Ching and Carli Hester 8-0. Amen and Salma Dahbi had a more difficult time before outlasting Carter and Chanel Cunningham 8-5.

Abraham Baldwin has long dominated women’s tennis in the GCAA (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association). Needing one more point for a victory against the esteemed rival, the Jaguars fell short.

In No. 1 singles, Dahbi lost to Cunningham 6-2, 6-3. Last year Dahbi defeated Cunningham in the No. 1 singles match when the teams met at GPC.

Other singles setbacks Sunday consisted of Boyd to Hester 6-0, 6-2; Nea Krpo to Nikki Hall 6-1, 6-0, and Alexia Allyene to Julia Saunders 6-1, 6-0.

Krpo and Ashley Andry succumbed to Hall and Robbins 8-1 in doubles.

The Jaguars (2-3), playing their first match since Feb. 25, have a quicker turn-around this time. They are home against Central Alabama Community College at 1 p.m. Friday on the Dunwoody Campus courts.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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February 25, 2012

GPC nets second win over Coastal Georgia

One month after defeating Coastal Georgia in the season opener, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team finally won its second match—by the same score.

Sophomore Sadia Mayou won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-3.

Freshman Idia Amen captured her singles match 6-0, 6-3.

The Jaguars (2-2), in their long-awaited unveiling on the Dunwoody Campus, coasted over the Mariners and their short roster 8-1. In between the schools’ two encounters, GPC lost twice and had another match postponed.

The Jaguars’ big three proved untouchable.

No. 1 singles player Salma Dahbi toppled Shushine Beba 6-2, 6-2, improving her singles record to 4-0. Sadia Mayou, at No. 2, overran Elektra Hunter 6-0, 6-3. Idia Amen controlled Kristina Polakovic 6-0, 6-3.

Dahbi and Amen teamed up as the top doubles tandem and blanked Hunter-Polakovic 8-0. Mayou and Asia Boyd outlasted Beba-Victoria Holloway 8-5.

The only setback for the home squad was at No. 4 singles, with Boyd bowing to Holloway 6-4, 6-2.

Winning 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Jaguar sophomore Salma Dahbi remains undefeated. Photos/Bill Roa

The Jaguars’ Nea Krpo and Ashley Andry were left idled when the Mariners brought only four players. They were awarded walkover wins at No. 5 and 6 singles, as well as at No. 3 doubles.

Barring the rescheduling of the postponed match with Spartanburg Methodist College, GPC will not hit the courts again for competition until April 1 against powerful Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

The Fillies of ABAC have long dominated the Georiga Collegiate Athletics Association in women’s tennis, but GPC has been a recent challenger. The teams will play three times this season—ABAC will visit the Jaguars on April 27 and they will meet in the GCAA tournament on April 20 in Tifton.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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February 10, 2012

Jaguars fall at No. 15 Shorter; Dahbi shines in No. 1 flights

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team got strong showings from Salma Dahbi and Idia Amen but could not got enough support from other Jaguars in a 7-2 setback Friday at Shorter College in Rome.

The Jaguars dipped to 1-2 on the young season but they had a tough opponent on their hands. Shorter (4-1) is ranked 15th in the NAIA poll.

Dahbi took care of business in No. 1 singles, defeating Candice Laurent 7-6, 6-3. She paired up with Idia Amen in a thrilling doubles match to down Laurent and Aurelie Gaborit 9-8.

Amen also engaged in an exciting No. 3 singles encounter. She extended Aurore Beltrando before falling 5-7, 7-6, 7-6.

No. 2 singles player Sadia Mayou was tripped up by Margot Vetter 6-2, 7-5, but the remaining singles matches were one-sided in favor of the four-year school. Asia Boyd was beaten 6-0, 6-1 by Gaborit. Nea Krpo bowed to Iesha Holton 6-0, 6-1. And Ashley Andry surrendered to Alicia Gallard 6-1, 6-1.

The two doubles losses were tighter. Mayou-Boyd stumbled to Holton- Beltrando 8-3, and Krpo-Andry to Vetter-Gallard 8-2.

The Jaguars next play their home opener on Feb. 25 against Coastal Georgia, the team they beat two weeks ago.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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February 4, 2012

Brenau downs Jaguars 7-2; Mayou loses first match of career

Playing against a four-year school on a windy day proved too much for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team to handle.

The Jaguars (1-1), winning only a pair of singles matches, were tripped up by Brenau University 7-2 in Gainesville, Ga., Friday. Sophomore Sadia Mayou was a particular casualty of the day as she lost the first match of her college career.

Salma Dahbi, at No. 1, beat Maria Perdomo Medina 6-2, 6-1, while No. 3 Idia Amen defeated Hannah Thompson 6-3, 6-2.

Otherwise, it was a trying day for GPC players, some of whom could not adjust to the windy conditions, though coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar would not use the atmospheric conditions as an excuse.

At No. 2 singles Mayou lost 1-6, 3-6 to Brenau’s Lyn See Choo. Also dropping matches were No. 4 Asia Boyd (6-0, 6-0 to Eline Nagels), No. 5 Nea Krpo (6-0, 6-1 to Tiffany de Almeida) and Ashley Andry (6-0, 6-1 to Theresa Neumeyer).

The Jaguars were blanked in doubles, winning only three games. Dahbi-Amen fell to Choo-Medina 8-0, Mayou-Boyd to Nagels-Thompson 8-2 and Krpo-Andry to Neumeyer-de Almeida 8-1.

GPC returns to north Georgia next Friday for a match against Shorter College in Rome. A previously scheduled date this weekend in Spartanburg, S.C., was postponed.

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January 28, 2012

Jaguars open with victory at Coastal Georgia

Salma Dahbi, Sadia Mayou and Idia Amen ruled the tennis courts Saturday at College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick as Georgia Perimeter College got its season off to a smashing start.

The Jaguars won 8-1. Only six matches were contested as the Mariners dressed out four players, leading to three forfeits. GPC’s big three dropped only a combined four games in singles.

Dahbi, at No. 1, upended Elektra Hunter 6-2, 6-0. Mayou put away Sunshine Beba 6-0, 6-0, and Amen polished off Kristina Polakovic 6-1, 6-1.

Dahbi and Amen joined forces at No. 1 doubles and breezed past Hunter and Beba 8-1. Mayou and Asia Boyd overcame Polakovic and Victoria Holloway 8-5.

The Mariners avoided a shutout when Holloway beat Boyd 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

The forfeits kept GPC’s Nea Krpo and Ashley Andry on the sidelines all day. They were scheduled to play singles as well as doubles together.

The Jaguars have a busy weekend ahead, with road matches Friday against Brenau College in Gainesville and Saturday against Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist.

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January 26, 2012

Trio of top 20 players suggests banner season for Jaguars

Last spring, a propitious e-mail popped into the inbox of Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar. The sender was Orlando Amen, a tennis instructor in Dallas, seeking information about the Jaguars’ program on behalf of his daughter.

Idia Amen was no run-of-the-mill player. She was being recruited by four-year universities, including Georgia State and Kennesaw State.

Orlando Amen, Nigerian by birth, had heard that an instructor like himself recently entrusted a son with Omar. You might say things worked out well for that player, Salif Kante. The Senegal native is defending National Junior College Athletic Association singles and doubles champion, having taken his talents to Florida A&M University on a full tennis scholarship.

Idia, who made a quick splash at GPC with a runner-up in singles at a major fall season tournament at Clemson University, is the newest ingredient that has lifted the Jaguars to a No. 4 national preseason rating.

"Her father felt Idia would really benefit from our coaching for two years" as a steppingstone to the NCAA’s Division 1, Nait Omar said. "He knows how things work."

She joins accomplished returnees Salma Dahbi from Morocco and Sadia Mayou from Togo to give the Jaguars potentially their strongest roster since the 2000 NJCAA championship season. Invividually, the threesome is ranked in the top 20 nationally: Dahbi fourth, Mayou 13th and Amen 20th.

But, according to Nait Omar, the No. 1 singles role is up for grabs among all of them.

For Amen, he said, the test is one that applies to all freshmen -- transitioning from high school to college. In high school, Nait Omar explained, players can thrive by extending points long enough until the opponents make a mistake.

"In college, you’ve got to come with a game plan," he said.

Amen arrived with a full toolbox. "She is solid, she is tough," the coach said. "Great talent. We are working to develop it into more of a college player’s."

Sophomores Dahbi and Mayou, the standouts on last year’s team that went 5-5 in duel matches--half against four-year schools--have completed their conversion, and Nait Omar is counting on them to serve as co-leaders in the absence of Maria Casseres and Andreina Gomez. Their eligibility has expired.

"I expect Sadia and Salma will build on their confidence from last year and pass it along to teammates coming onboard," he said. "It’s their responsibility."

Both have a firm foundation on which to build. Dahbi forged a winning record last spring at No. 1 singles, while Mayou sailed through unbeaten at No. 2 and placed fourth at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in October. Each has positioned herself to earn a scholarship from a four-year school.

"There is a lot on the line for them," Nait Omar said.

More experience is supplied by sophomore Asia Boyd of Dunwoody High School, the squad’s probable No. 4 singles player. She is especially adept at doubles.

The national rankings list Dahbi-Amen as the third best doubles tandem, with Mayou-Boyd 22nd, though Nait Omar has yet to determine the pairings.

Rounding out the roster are two newcomers from metro Atlantan, Nea Krpo of Chattahoochee High and Ashley Andry of Wheeler High.

The women’s team has not made the same inroads as the men’s in local recruting, Nait Omar believes, but foresees progress with the hiring of Miranda Foley as assistant coach. A year ago, he was a one-man staff.

With a possible national tournament berth on the horizon, the Jaguars have set a more immediate goal of breaking the stranglehold by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the state’s Region 17. ABAC, ranked eight in the preseason, visits the Dunwoody campus courts for GPC’s third and final home match on April 27. The rivals will duel in Tifton on April 1, then engage in the regional tournament there April 20-22.

GPC opens a season of great promise on Friday in Brunswick against College of Coastal Georgia. A rematch on Feb. 25 serves as the home debut.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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October 30, 2011

Amen takes runner-up honors at Clemson

Idia Amen fell one victory short of the singles title in her flight at the Duckworth Fall Tennis Classic, bowing to Charlotte Bossy of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in Clemson, S.C.

Meanwhile, teammate Sadia Mayou won the consolation title in her flight. The invitational on the Clemson University campus brought together 11 women’s teams, with GPC the lone participant on the junior college level. Each flight consisted of eight players or pairs.

Amen notched one easy and one difficult win Saturday to climb into the finals of the sixth flight, beginning with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Caitlin Kitchen of Georgia Southern. She followed with a narrow win over Jessica Gardefjord from Armstrong Atlantic State 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Two of Gardefjord’s teammates sent the Jaguars’ Salma Dahbi and Mayou into the consolation bracket during the Saturday morning session. Dahbi was downed by Kathleen Henry 6-2, 7-5 after the GPC’s representative in the third flight led 5-2 in the second set. Mayou fell in the fifth flight to Clara Perez 6-0, 6-0.

But both Jaguars rallied in afternoon matches to attain berths in the consolation finals Sunday. Dahbi bounced Marija Dzakovic of Charleston Southern 6-2, 7-5. Mayou tripped up Taylor Jones of Georgia Southern 6-1, 6-0.

Mayou’s momentum carried her through to a 7-5, 6-2, triumph over Shaina Singh of Tennessee-Chattanooga for the title in her flight. Dahbi was not as fortunate, stumbling to Lynn See Choo of Brenau College 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles consolation match.

In Friday’s doubles matches, Dahbi and Mayou rebounded from an opening defeat, won two doubles matches and claimed fifth place among the eight duos in the second flight.

The final match was an 8-5 victory over Natalie Maffett and Ali Beeber of Georgia Southern. It was preceded by an 8-4 decision over Tess Lagerkvist and Tamara Plocker of Kennesaw State.

Earlier, Anna Winkelmann and Alice Laing of the University of Tennessee-Martin dropped the GPC pair into the consolation bracket on an 8-2 outcome.

Georgia Perimeter coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar said it took awhile for his three players to adjust to the expansive facilities at Clemson, and they played well once they settled down. The tournament wraps up a successful fall season for the Jaguars’ women’s and men’s tennis teams.

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October 15, 2011

Seeded fourth, Dahbi finishes fourth at Mobile

Salma Dahbi entered the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships as a No. 4 seed in singles and doubles. That is exactly how the event in Mobile, Ala., played out for the Georgia Perimeter College tennis player.

Dahbi was denied third place Saturday by Chloe Murphy of Seminole (Fla.) State College, who won 6-1, 6-4. Murphy, fittingly, was the third seed.

The day before, Dahbi and Idia Amen dropped the third-place match in doubles. Dahbi returns home with two fourth-place finishes in the eight-player field.

The Jaguars’ other singles participant, Sadia Mayou, went 0-2 in the last competition of the fall season.

Dahbi’s bid for a title at the nationals was halted Friday by Barbora Bozkova of Laredo (Tex.) Community College 6-0, 6-2.

GPC teammate Mayou, who had dropped into the consolation side of the bracket with a first-day loss, suffered the same fate Friday. She was defeated by Diana Davitaia of Cowley (Ark.) College 6-1, 6-4.

Davitaia was no stranger to the Jaguars. She and teammate Zsofia Biro, comprising the top doubles seed, had needed three sets to upend the GPC duo of Dahbi and Amen. Dahbi-Amen, who had opened with a straight-sets victory, then missed out on the third-place prize. They lost a consolation title match to Chloe Murphy and Taylor Spradlin of Seminole (Fla.) State College in three sets.

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October 13, 2011

Dahbi leads charge at small college nationals

Salma Dahbi enjoyed a smashing first day at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala., winning in singles and doubles on behalf of the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team.

Dahbi, the No. 4 seed in the eight-player singles bracket, routed Monica Rekkedal of Meridian (Miss.) Community College 6-1, 6-2. She returned in doubles for a 6-3, 6-3 victory with Idia Amen. They defeated Laurence Porry and Marianna Palacios from State College of Florida.

Jaguar teammate Sadia Mayou was not as fortunate. She fell short against Kerrie Cartwright of Tyler (Tex.) Junior College 6-0, 6-1. The competition continues Friday in the climactic event of GPC’s fall schedule.

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October 8, 2011

Mayou, Amen win in Atlanta Classic

Sadia Mayou was extended to three sets and Idia Amen had it easier Saturday as the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team completed a three-school event at Rockdale Tennis Center with a pair of wins.

Mayou, the Jaguars’ No. 2 singles player, took control against Kir Kemp of Georgia State, the host school, in the final set for a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory. Mayou finished the weekend 2-1.

Amen, at No. 3, took down Theresa Neumeyer of Brenau in straight sets 7-5, 6-0.

Three other Jaguars were defeated, notably No. 1 player Salma Dahbi. She could not overcome Brenau’s Lyn See Chao 6-2, 6-2.

No. 4 Asia Boyd fell to Tereza Lerova of Georgia State 6-0, 6-0. No. 5 Nea Krpo, who won both of her matches Friday, could not keep the momentum going. She was beaten by Eline Nagles 6-0, 6-3.

The fall agenda concludes with some players attending the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships this weekend in Mobile, Ala.

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October 7, 2011

Krpo has good start for Jaguars at Atlanta Classic

Nea Krpo dropped only four games in two matches Friday to highlight Georgia Perimeter College performances in the Atlanta Classic, a three-team women’s tennis meet at Rockdale Tennis Center.

Krpo was fresher than her teammates, who played in a dual match against Shorter College Thursday, and it showed. She handled Alex Brouillette of Georgia State, the host school, 6-2, 6-2, then shut out the Panthers’ Janeei Clark 6-0, 6-0.

Salma Dahbi and Sadia Mayou rebounded from setbacks in the morning to finish the day at 1-1. Dahbi defeated GSU’s Kir Kemp 6-4, 6-0 after bowing to Kemp’s teammate, Whitney Boyd, 6-3, 6-3

Mayou took care of Maria Perdomo Medina from Brenau 6-3, 7-5 following a 6-0, 6-1 setback to the Golden Tigers’ Lyn See Chao.

The two other Jaguars players went winless. Idia Amen succombed to two Panthers, Abigail Tere-Apisah (6-0, 6-0) and Tereza Lerova (6-4, 6-1). Asia Boyd was unable to break through against the Brenau duo of Theresa Neumeyer (7-5, 6-1) and Hannah Thompson (6-0, 6-0).

The event resumes Saturday. Then the Jaguars will finish their fall competition next weekend when selected players enter the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala.

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October 6, 2011

Jaguars excel in scrimmage with Shorter College

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team got a pair of three-set wins in singles and a couple of narrow doubles victories to down Shorter College 7-2 Thursday on the Dunwoody campus.

The Jaguars took their only dual match on the brief fall schedule with the help of three forfeited wins because of a shortage of Hawks players.

Their successes on the court were well-earned. Sadia Mayou, at No. 2 singles, rebounded from a slow start and was dominant the rest of the way 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 3 Idia Amen took over late for a 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win.

Amen teamed with Salma Dahbi for a 9-8 doubles triumph, while Mayou joined Asia Boyd to salt away the team victory 9-7.

Dahbi, GPC’s top singles player, just missed in her match, 6-0, 3-6, 7-6. Asia Boyd, at No. 4, fell 6-2, 6-1.

The Jaguars play this weekend in the Atlanta Classic and finish their fall competition next weekend when selected players will enter the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala. Qualifying took place last month.

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September 25, 2011

Jaguars sweep USTA/ITA Small College Regional Tournament

For the second consecutive year, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s and women’s tennis teams swept all four titles—singles and doubles—this weekend at the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship in Alexander City, Ala.

From left, coach Reda Nait Omar, Asia Boyd, Sadia Mayou, Idia Amen, Salma Dahbi and assistant coach Akeem Byron.

Georgia Perimeter dominated the tournament so convincingly that only GPC players made the finals in both men’s and women’s singles and doubles competition.

“It was a full sweep,” said head coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar. “We won men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles and women’s doubles.”

With the victories, both teams earned berths in the USTA/ITA Small College National Championship Tournament in Mobile, Ala. Oct. 13-16.

In the women’s singles final, a pair of Jaguar sophomores squared off for the championship. Salma Dahbi defeated teammate Sadia Mayou 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Dahbi teamed up with freshman Idia Amen in the women’s doubles final to down Mayou and sophomore Asia Boyd 8-2.

Amen made the singles semifinals, but she fell in a thriller, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

In the men’s singles title match, Menford Owusu, a freshman from Ghana, defeated All-American teammate Ismail Lemtouni 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Menford and freshman teammate Issey Ijuin won the doubles title with an 8-5 victory over Lemtouni and another Jaguar freshman, Preston Samowitz.

On the men’s side, Eric Verdi also lost in the semifinals 6-4, 6-3.

The USTA/ITA regional is one of several tournaments and matches for the Jaguars during the limited fall season that serves as a warm-up for the spring schedule. Other colleges attending the tournament were Central Alabama Community College, Oxford College of Emory University, Marion Military Institute and Gadsden State Community College.

The next match for the Jaguars, men and women, is on their home courts Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. versus Shorter College, a four-year institution.

The Jaguars’ home tennis matches are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, Ga., 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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September 13, 2011

Tryouts announced for women’s tennis, women’s basketball

Head coach ’Reda” Mohamed Nait Omar announced this week that his women’s tennis team needs more players.

To try out for the GPC women’s tennis team, contact coach Nait Omar at mohamed.omar@gpc.edu or assistant coach Akeem Byron, 561-704-5016.

Also, head coach James Waldon announced that tryouts for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 12 noon in the Decatur Campus gymnasium. For more information, contact coach Waldon at james.waldon@gpc.edu or 404-409-5332.

Follow all Jaguar sports on Twitter and Facebook, or at depts.gpc.edu/athletic

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August 4, 2011

Women’s and men’s tennis tryouts

Are you a tennis player with college potential?

To try out for the GPC women’s or men’s tennis teams, contact head coach “Reda” Mohamed Nait Omar at mohamed.omar@gpc.edu or assistant coach Akeem Byron, 561-704-5016.

Scholarships are available for players who qualify.

The tennis courts are located on GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338 and on the Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA, 30021.

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