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May 9, 2013

National champions: Berjane, Amen in singles; Jaguars finish fifth in NJCAA tournament

Fatyha Berjane and Idia Amen won coveted national singles championships, Georgia Perimeter College finished in fifth place and Berjane and Nea Krpo finished second in the No. 2 doubles flight Thursday at the NJCAA national tournament in Tuscon, Ariz.

Fatyha Berjane won the No. 2 singles title without losing a set in four matches. Archive Photo/David Tulis

In the No. 2 singles title match, Berjane, seeded sixth going into the tournament, overwhelmed the flight’s second seed, Nelo Phiri of Tyler Junior College (Texas), 6-2, 6-2.

The fifth seed in No. 3 singles, Amen defeated Tyler’s Alejandra Enderica, who was the top seed. Amen seized the crown with a strong second set, winning 7-6 (1), 6-2.

“My motto is, ’Go hard or go home,’ and that is what the girls did all week,” said head coach Mohamed 'Reda' Nait Omar. “Very proud of them. This is a great result that has been many years in the making.”

Georgia Perimeter, ranked No. 13 prior to the tournament in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, finished in fifth place in the tournament standings. Tyler won its fourth consecutive team title with 46 points. ASA College (N.Y.) took runner-up honors with 42.5 points; Collin College (Texas) was third with 32, Florida State College at Jacksonville fourth, 31; and Georgia Perimeter was fifth with 28.5 points.

Berjane didn’t lose a set in four singles matches Monday through Thursday, beating the first, second and fourth seeds. Her games margin was excellent for this level of competition—she outscored opponents by a total of 48 games to 22.

Idia Amen, No. 3 singles champion, outscored opponents 49 games to 16 in four matches. Archive Photo/Bill Roa

Tyler’s Enderica presented the only challenge of the tournament to Amen’s precision baseline power, battling the veteran Jaguar sophomore to a one-point margin in losing the first set. In four matches, Amen outscored opponents by an outstanding 49-16.

At last year’s nationals, when the Jaguars finished tied for 12th place, Amen won three No. 3 singles matches before falling in the final four to the flight’s eventual champion. Amen ends her GPC career with a match record of 7-1 at nationals.

Berjane, a freshman, and Krypo, a sophomore, didn’t lose a set in No. 2 doubles until they faced the third-seeded tandem from ASA. The two Jaguars also came on strong at the end but fell 6-1, 6-4 to ASA’s Tamar Tskhakia and Teona Tatishvili.

In Thursday's No. 4 singles consolation final match, freshman Larissa Nelson fell 8-4 to Kali DeSherlia from Lewis and Clark Community College (Ill.). Nelson lost her first match on Sunday, then moved through the consolation bracket with two wins and a forfeit, helping the team points total.

In the course of the five-day tournament, Nait Omar and assistant coach David Bennett got points from every player. In the highly competitive No. 1 singles flight, freshman Niriantsa Rasolomalala won matches Sunday and Monday and then lost in Tuesday’s quarterfinals to the eventual champion, Florida State-Jacksonville ace Esther Zuniga.

Rasolomalala also fell to the eventual champions in doubles. She and Amen won a No. 1 doubles match before losing to Tyler’s Fausthyara Pietersz and Nelo Phiri in the round of 16.

In No. 6 singles, Krpo netted two victories before losing to second seed Alexa Brandalik of Florida State-Jacksonville in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Alexia Alleyne won her first No. 5 singles match, but lost in the round of 16 on Monday.

Find the tournament final standings and results in each flight at the USTA website.

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May 8, 2013

Berjane, Amen advance to singles finals; Berjane/Krpo earn berth in doubles final

“Battling and fighting for every point,” all Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars won their matches Wednesday, advancing to three national championship matches at the NJCAA national tournament in Tuscon, Ariz.

Idia Amen

Fatyha Berjane

Fatyha Berjane and Idia Amen advanced to singles title matches in their respective flights, and Berjane and Nea Krpo earned a berth in the No. 2 doubles championship match.

“The Lady Jags are doing great,” said head Coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar. “They are really battling and fighting for every point. Tomorrow will be a tough day. Go, Jags!”

Georgia Perimeter, ranked No. 13 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings coming into nationals, moved up in the tournament standings from sixth to fifth place.

In all three matches Wednesday, the Jaguars seemed to get stronger at the end.

Amen has displayed strength and sophomore experience in her second year at the tournament. Her 6-2, 6-1 semifinal victory over Tamar Tskhakia of ASA College (New York) boosted her three-match total score in the No. 3 singles flight to a lopsided 36-8.

Seeded fifth at the beginning of the tournament, Amen takes on the flight’s No. 1 seed, Alejandra Enderica of Tyler Junior College (Texas), in Thursday’s title match.

Larissa Nelson

Nea Krpo

Berjane, a freshman who was seeded sixth going in, upset the No. 2 singles top seed, Shawnee-Ann Breisford of Seminole State College (Okla.), 7-6 (1), 6-3. Scrapping to edge Breisford in the first set, Berjane established a little distance in the second set and punched her ticket to Thursday’s title match with No. 2 seed Nelo Phiri of Tyler.

Berjane hasn’t lost a match or even a set in singles or doubles during the first four days of the tournament.

In No. 2 doubles, Berjane and Krpo came on strong at the finish Thursday to upset the fourth-seeded team, Kami Thomas and Mallory Lenoir (Florida State College at Jacksonville) 7-5, 6-1.

Berjane and Krpo—also a sophomore in her second trip to nationals—haven’t lost a set in three doubles matches (and a forfeit). The five games dropped in the first set with Jacksonville are the most scored upon them—they’ve outscored opponents 30-5 in their other sets.

Thursday Berjane and Krpo meet the third-seeded team, Tskhakia and Teona Tatishvili of ASA College.

Also Thursday, in the consolation bracket, freshman Larissa Nelson plays in the No. 4 singles consolation final match against Kali DeSherlia of Lewis and Clark Community College (Ill.). Nelson has added valuable points to the team total with two victories in the consolation bracket, with an 8-4 victory and a forfeit on Tuesday.

Going for its fourth-straight national team championship, Tyler leads the tournament standings with 43 points. ASA is second with 39.5 points, followed by Collin College (Texas), 32; Florida State Colllege-Jacksonville, 29.5; and GPC, 26.5.

SCORECARD:

SINGLES SEMIFINALS:

No. 2, Fatyha Berjane (6th seed), GPC, def. Shawnee-Ann Breisford (1st seed) Seminole State College (Okla.), 7-6 (1), 6-3. No. 3, Idia Amen (5th seed), GPC, def. Tamar Tskhakia, ASA College (N.Y.), 6-2, 6-1.

NO. 2 DOUBLES SEMIFINALS: Fatyha Berjane/Nea Krpo, GPC, def. Kami Thomas/Mallory Lenoir (4th seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville, 7-5, 6-1.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE: NO. 2 SINGLES FINAL: Fatyha Berjane (6th seed), GPC, vs. Nelo Phiri (2nd seed), Tyler Junior College (Texas), 8 a.m.

NO. 3 SINGLES FINAL: Idia Amen (5th seed), GPC, vs. Alejandra Enderica (1st seed), Tyler Junior College (Texas), 8 a.m.

NO. 2 DOUBLES FINAL: Fatyha Berjane/Nea Krpo, GPC, vs. Tamar Tskhakia/Teona Tatishvili (3rd seed), ASA College (N.Y.), 11 a.m.

CONSOLATION NO. 4 SINGLES FINAL: Larissa Nelson, GPC, vs. Kali DeSherlia, Lewis and Clark Community College (Ill.), 8 a.m.

Follow the tournament schedule, brackets and results at the USTA website.

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May 7, 2013

Jaguars climb into sixth place; move into national semifinals

Sophomore Idia Amen and freshman Fatyha Berjane advanced to their singles flight’s semifinals and Georgia Perimeter College rose to sixth place Tuesday at the NJCAA national tournament in Tuscon, Ariz.

The No. 2 doubles tandem, Berjane and Nea Krpo, remained undefeated, advancing to Wednesday’s semifinals because their opponents withdrew. With forfeits, GPC won five and lost two matches on the third day of the tourney.

In the consolation bracket, freshman Larissa Nelson won her quarterfinal match, skipped the semifinals because of her opponent’s withdrawal and advanced to Thursday’s consolation final match.

Holding down sixth place in the 24-team tournament with 23 points, Georgia Perimeter trails only the usual powers in NJCAA women’s tennis. Tyler Junior College (Texas) leads the field with 36 points, followed by ASA College (N.Y.), 33 points; Collin College (Texas), 32; Florida State College at Jacksonville, 28 and Johnson County Community College (Kansas), 25. Tyler has won three consecutive national women’s tennis Division 1 titles.

The Jaguars already have improved their finish in last year’s national tournament, a tie for 12th place.

Berjane and Amen each upended higher seeds. In No. 2 singles, Berjane, seeded sixth, defeated fourth seed Cari Berry of Florida State College-Jacksonville, 6-2, 6-4. She will battle the top seed in Wednesday’s semifinals, Shawnee-Ann Breisford of Seminole State College (Okla.).

In No. 3 singles, fifth seed Amen rolled by the third seed, Simone Krog of Collin College, 6-1, 6-2. Amen faces Tamar Tskhakia in Wednesday’s semifinals.

Berjane and Krpo, winners in No. 2 doubles Sunday and Monday, were geared up to challenge the No. 1 seed, Jean Ochs and Lindsey Buenger from Johnson County. But Johnson County withdrew because of an injury, and the GPC duo advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal match with fourth-seeded Florida State-Jacksonville’s Kami Thomas and Mallory Lenoir.

Nelson won her consolation quarterfinals match Tuesday, and then learned that Sophie Baxter of Moraine Valley College withdrew from the semifinals because of an emergency. So, Nelson leapfrogged the semis and is scheduled to play in the consolation final Thursday morning.

Both of GPC’s losses Tuesday came at the hands of high seeds from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Niriantsa Rasolomalala gave battle but fell in No. 1 singles to the flight’s second seed, Esther Zuniga of Jacksonville, 6-3, 6-4. In No. 6 singles, Krpo succumbed to Jacksonville’s No. 2 seed Alexa Brandalik, 6-2, 6-0.

SCORECARD:

SINGLES: No. 1, Esther Zuniga (2nd seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville, def. Niriantsa Rosolomalala, GPC, 6-3, 6-4. No. 2, Fatyha Berjane (6th seed), GPC, def. Cari Berry (4th seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville, 6-2, 6-4. No. 3, Idia Amen (5th seed), GPC, def. Simone Krog (3rd seed) of Collin College (Texas) 6-1, 6-2. No. 6, Alexa Brandalik (2nd seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville def. Nea Krpo, GPC, 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLES: No. 2, Berjane/Krpo, GPC, def. Jean Ochs/Lindsey Buenger (1st seed), Johnson County C.C. (Kansas), withdrawal.

CONSOLATION SINGLES QUARTERFINALS: No. 4, Larissa Nelson, GPC, def. Bianca Stephens, Itawamba Community College (Miss.) 8-4.

CONSOLATION SINGLES SEMIFINALS: No. 4, Nelson, GPC, def. Sophie Baxter, Moraine Valley College (Ill.), withdrawal.

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE: SINGLES SEMIFINALS: No. 2, Fatyha Berjane (6th seed), GPC, vs. Shawnee-Ann Breisford (1st seed) Seminole State College (Okla.), 10 a.m. No. 2, Idia Amen (5th seed), GPC, vs. Tamar Tskhakia, ASA College (N.Y.), 10 a.m.

DOUBLES SEMIFINALS: No. 2, Fatyha Berjane/Nea Krpo, GPC, vs. Kami Thomas/Mallory Lenoir (4th seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville, 1:30 p.m. THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE: CONSOLATION SINGLES FINAL: No. 4, Larissa Nelson, GPC, vs. TBA, 8 a.m.

Follow the tournament schedule, brackets and results at the USTA website.

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May 6, 2013

Jaguars in seventh place at nationals; five flights advance to quarterfinals

Fatyha Berjane and Nea Krpo continued to win in singles and doubles as Georgia Perimeter College advanced to the quarterfinals in five flights Monday at the NJCAA national tournament in Tuscon, Ariz.

Niriantsa Rasolomalala

The Jaguars, winning six matches and losing four, swept in the top three singles flights with Niriantsa Rasolomalala, Berjane and Idia Amen advancing to Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Krpo also advanced by winning her No. 6 singles match.

The victories boosted the Jaguars to seventh place in the 24-team tournament with 19.5 points. Collin College and Tyler Junior College, both in Texas, were tied for first place with 27 points.

As the sixth seed in No. 2 singles, Berjane had a bye Sunday, so she played her first singles match Monday and breezed by Kari Emory of Pima Community College (Ariz.) 6-1, 6-1.

Krpo won her second match in the sixth singles flight, edging Alyssa Scharle, Cowley County Community College (Kansas) 7-6 (7), 6-4.

In No. 2 doubles, Berjane and Krpo teamed up for their second victory of the tournament, besting Savannah Skarda and Madison Porter of Mesa Community College (Ariz.) 6-2, 6-1.

Rasolomalala had a dogfight in No. 1 singles, coming from behind to win 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. It was Rosolomalala’s second win at the tournament.

Idia Amen, winner of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Region 4 Player of the Year and Arthur Ashe sportsmanship awards, rolled to her first victory in No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-1. As the No. 5 seed, she had a bye Sunday.

Monday’s competition was stiff, and GPC suffered losses in four flights, No. 4 and 5 singles and No. 1 and 3 doubles. Rasolomalala and Amen, No. 1 doubles, lost to the fourth seeded duo from Tyler Junior College (Texas).

Larissa Nelson lost an 8:30 a.m. match in No. 4 singles, then played again at 11:30 a.m. in the consolation bracket, where she won 8-2. She advances to the consolation quarterfinals Tuesday.

GPC’s other five winners will compete in the main bracket quarterfinal matches on Tuesday. The Jaguars will run up against the Florida State College Jacksonville Blue Wave in three flights and will face several high-seeded players. The Blue Wave is in fourth place in the team standings with 23.5 points.

In No. 1 and 2 singles, Rasolomalala and Berjane will face, respectively, the Blue Wave’s Esther Zuniga, No. 2 seed, and No. 4 seed Cari Berry. Krpo will play the sixth flight’s second seed, Jacksonville’s Alexa Brandalik.

Amen will meet No. 3 seed Simone Krog of Collin College (Texas) in No. 3 singles.

In No. 2 doubles, Berjane and Krpo take on the top seeded duo, Jean Ochs and Lindsey Buenger of Johnson County Community College (Kansas).

SCORECARD: SINGLES ROUND OF 16: No. 1, Niriantsa Rasolomalala, GPC, def. Patricia Huskova, Eastern Arizona, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. No. 2, Fatyha Berjane, GPC, def. Kari Emory, Pima C.C. (Ariz.), 6-1, 6-1. No. 3, Idia Amen, GPC, def. Nika Juricic, North Central Texas College, 6-1, 6-1. No. 4, Sarah Palacio, North Central Texas College, def. Larissa Nelson, GPC, 6-3, 6-3. No. 5, Kirsten Pierce (4th seed), Tyler Junior College (Texas), def. Alexia Alleyne, GPC, 6-0, 6-0. No. 6, Nea Krpo, GPC, def. Alyssa Scharle, Cowley County C.C. (Kansas), 7-6 (7), 6-4.

DOUBLES ROUND OF 16: No. 1, No. 4 Fausthyara Pietersz/Nelo Phiri (4th seed), Tyler Junior College (Texas), def. Rosolomalala/Amen, GPC, 6-4, 6-1. No. 2, Berjane/Krypo, GPC, def. Savannah Skarda/Madison Porter, Mesa C.C. (Ariz.), 6-2, 6-1.

CONSOLATION SINGLES SECOND ROUND: Larissa Nelson, GPC, def. Kailla Parker, Jacksonville College (Texas) 8-2.

CONSOLATION DOUBLES SECOND ROUND: No. 3, Kailla Parker/Caitlin Renson, Jacksonville College (Texas), def. Alleyne/Nelson, GPC, 8-3.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE:

SINGLES: No. 1, Rasolomalala, GPC, vs. Esther Zuniga (2nd seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville, 10:30 a.m. No. 2, Berjane (6th seed), GPC, vs. Cari Berry (4th seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville. No. 3, Amen (5th seed), GPC, vs. Simone Krog (3rd seed) of Collin College (Texas). No. 6, Krpo, GPC, vs. Alexa Brandalik (2nd seed), Florida State College-Jacksonville.

DOUBLES: No. 2, Berjane/Krpo, GPC, vs. Jean Ochs/Lindsey Buenger (1st seed), Johnson County Community College (Kansas).

CONSOLATION SINGLES QUARTERFINALS: No. 4, Nelson, GPC, vs. Bianca Stephens, Itawamba Community College (Miss.).

Follow the tournament schedule, brackets and results at the USTA website.

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May 5, 2013

Jaguars win 5 of 6 matches in first round at nationals

Apparently the southern Arizona sun agrees with the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team.

It shined favorably on the Jaguars Sunday as they won five of six matches in the opening day of play at the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament in Tuscon.

Alexia Alleyne

Nea Krypo

Niriantsa Rasolomalala, Alexia Alleyne and Nea Krpo won their singles matches, and GPC won doubles matches in the top flight (Rosolomalala and Idia Amen) and in No. 2 doubles (Krpo and Fatyha Berjane).

“Our first round was good,” said head coach Mohamed Nait Omar. “They’ll be getting into it Monday. They just need to stay confident. Every match is a new match—that’s the attitude we’re taking.”

In No. 3 doubles, Alleyne and Larissa Nelson dropped into the consolation bracket after falling to Eastern Arizona College.

Three Jaguars drew byes for Sunday’s singles round of 32, but all hands will be on the courts Monday morning and afternoon at Tuscon’s Jim Reffkin Tennis Center, site of the 24-team tournament.

Amen drew a bye in No. 2 singles because she was seeded fifth among the 24 participants. Berjane, seeded sixth, and Nelson also drew byes. Monday the byes play opponents who had to win round of 32 matches on Sunday in order to advance.

Rasolomalala, ranked third in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and the 2013 Most Valuable Player for Region 17 of the NJCAA, did not receive a seeding or a bye. Her convincing victory over Samantha Dooley of Snead State Community College (Ala.) advances her to Monday’s round of 16 to face Patricia Hukova of Eastern Arizona College. Hukova rested on Sunday with a bye.

In No. 5 and No. 6 singles, two sophomore veterans of nationals came through, giving GPC valuable points toward its team total. Alleyne rallied to overcome Lindsey Elrod of Snead State and Krpo downed Laura Jaramillo of Mesa Community College (Ariz.) in two sets.

GPC’s top two flights in doubles have been exceptional all season, and both teams rolled past opponents in Sunday’s round of 32. They face tough opponents Monday afternoon as Rasolomalala and Amen meet the fourth-seeded duo from Tyler Junior College. Berjane and Krpo play a tandem from Mesa Community College (Ariz.).

SCORECARD:

SINGLES: No. 1, Niriantsa Rasolomalala, GPC, def. Samantha Dooley, Snead State C.C. (Ala.) 6-0, 6-1; No. 5, Alexia Alleyne, GPC, def. Lindsey Elrod, Snead State C.C. (Ala.), 6-7 (1), 7-5, 7-6 (7); No. 6, Nea Krpo, GPC, def. Laura Jaramillo, Mesa C.C. (Ariz.) 7-5, 6-1.

DOUBLES: No. 1, Niriantsa Rasolomalala/Idia Amen, GPC, def. Maria Coronel/Brittney Sibley, Jacksonville College (Texas) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2, Fatyha Berjane/Nea Krpo, GPC, def. Kayla White/Loni Karras, Eastern Arizona College, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3, Ashley Pedro/Kindra Holliday, Eastern Arizona College, def. Alexia Alleyne/Larissa Nelson 6-4, 6-3.

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE:

SINGLES ROUND OF 16: No. 1, Rasolomalala vs. Patricia Huskova, Eastern Arizona, 9:30 a.m.; No. 2, Berjane vs. Kari Emory, Pima C.C. (Ariz.), 9 a.m.; No. 3, Amen vs. Nika Juricic, North Central Texas College, 8:30 a.m.; No. 4, Nelson vs. Sarah Palacio, North Central Texas College, 8:30 a.m.; No. 5, Alexia Alleyne, vs. Kirsten Pierce, Tyler Junior College (Texas), 7:30 a.m.; No. 6, Nea Krpo, vs. Alyssa Scharle, Cowley County C.C. (Kansas), 7:30 a.m.

DOUBLES ROUND OF 16: No. 1, Rasolomalala/Amen vs. Fausthyara Pietersz/Nelo Phiri, Tyler Junior College (Texas), 2 p.m.; No. 2, Berjane/Krypo vs. Savannah Skarda/Madison Porter, Mesa C.C. (Ariz.), 1:30 p.m.

DOUBLES CONSOLATION BRACKET: No. 3, Alleyne/Nelson vs. Loser Eastern Arizona College vs. Jacksonville College (Texas), 3:30 p.m.

Follow the tournament schedule, brackets and results at the USTA website.

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April 20, 2013

Lady Jaguars are back as region champions

After losing an agonizingly close championship match in 2012, the Lady Jaguars came back with a vengeance in 2013 to seize the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association crown.

Coach Mohamed Nait Omar, right, and the Jaguars celebrate with their two GCAA championship trophies. Photo/Panda Nelson

Georgia Perimeter College won the championship of the GCAA (also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association) Saturday at Oxford College of Emory in Oxford, Ga. The Jaguars pounded out a convincing 7-2 victory over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the longtime power of the conference.

GPC hasn’t won a women’s tennis Region 17 championship in a decade.

The Jaguars’ freshman ace, Niriantsa Rasolomalala, ranked third in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, was named the GCAA Most Valuable Player for 2013.

Head coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar, who took over the women’s tennis program at GPC in 2007-08, earned the Coach of the Year award.

Freshman Niriantsa Rasolomalala smacks a baseline backhand during her No. 1 singles match. Photo/David Tulis

There was more good news for Georgia Perimeter Saturday at Oxford—the men’s team also won the region championship, by a slim 5-4 score over ABAC, which also has dominated the men’s side for a decade.

When Nait Omar took the reins of the women’s program in 2007-08, he announced his intention to return Georgia Perimeter to the prominence in tennis it enjoyed when coach Joyce Garrett’s Jaguars won eight straight region titles and a national championship in 2000.

The promise looked more like a delivery last year, when the Jaguars earned a trip to the NJCAA tournament and finished tied for 12th place in the nation.

But that was an at-large bid to nationals. The perennial Region 17 champion, Abraham Baldwin, narrowly won the 2012 conference championship 5-4 to earn the automatic bid. The loss hinged on a single point, a disputed call in Sadia Mayou’s No. 2 singles match.

With that razor-thin margin, the Jaguars seemed to be giving notice that change was on the horizon in GCAA women’s tennis.

The change began to take shape in February when GPC edged ABAC 5-4, a three-way match including four-year College of Coastal Georgia that was played in Brunswick.

Fatyha Berjane, a freshman, shows a powerful return on the way to victory in No. 2 singles. Photo/David Tulis

Saturday the Jaguars sprinted ahead from the opening serve and never looked back. Fatyha Berjane (No. 2), Idia Amen (No. 3) and Larissa Nelson (No. 4) all won by 6-0 or 6-1 sets, while Rasolomalala defeated a tough No. 1 singles opponent, Camelia Abdallah, 6-3, 6-1.

In the No. 5 flight, ABAC’s Nikki Hall had to work three sets to down Alexia Alleyne 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Meanwhile, GPC’s Nea Krpo outlasted Olivia Robbins 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

The singles barrage gave GPC a 5-1 lead and the victory before the teams went into doubles competition.

The Jaguars proceeded to capture two of three doubles matches. Rasolomalala and Amen rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win and Berjane and Krpo triumphed 6-1, 6-3. Alleyne and Nelson stumbled 6-4, 6-3, but the loss was harmless.

GPC, ranked No. 13 in the nation by ITA, finished the regular season with a 5-2-1 record, but they remain undefeated against two-year schools. The losses and tie came at the hands of four-year institutions.

The Jaguars will travel to Tuscon, Ariz., for the NJCAA national tournament May 4-10.

SCORECARD:

SINGLES: No. 1, Niriantsa Rasolomalala (GPC) def. Camelia Abdallah 6-3, 6-1; No. 2, Fatyha Berjane (GPC) def. Maggie Dowling 6-1, 6-1; No. 3, Idia Amen (GPC) def. Lorraine Chon Qui 6-0, 6-1; No. 4, Larissa Nelson (GPC) def. Ayla Bradley 6-1, 6-1; No. 5, Nikki Hall (ABAC) def. Alexia Alleyne 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; No. 6, Nea Krpo (GPC) def. Olivia Robbins 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

DOUBLES: No. 1, Rasolomalala/Amen (GPC) def. Dowling/Chon Qui 6-1, 6-0; No. 2, Berjane/Krpo (GPC) def. Abdallah/Bradley 6-1, 6-3; No. 3, Hall/Robbins (ABAC) def. Alleyne/Nelson 6-4, 6-3.

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April 11, 2013

GPC nets third consecutive win

Idia Amen continued her unbeaten singles season as the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars downed Oxford Emory 9-0 Thursday in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association match.

Idia Amen

The victory was the third straight for the Jaguars, now 5-2 heading into Sunday’s 10 a.m. match with their fifth four-year college opponent this season. They are 3-0 against two-year colleges and 2-2 against four-year institutions.

Amen downed Griffin Murphy 6-0, 6-1 in the singles third flight. Niriantsa Rasolomalala, Fatyha Berjane and Nea Krpo continued winning streaks in singles.

Oxford forfeited two matches because the Eagles were short one player.

SCORECARD:

DOUBLES: No. 1, Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Idia Amen def. Campbell Moore and Camille Lusher 8-0; No. 2, Fatyha Berjane and Nea Krpo def. Griffin Murphy and Laura Winstone 8-0; No. 3, GPC’s Alexia Alleyne and Larissa Nelson win by forfeit.

SINGLES: No. 1, Niriantsa Rasolomalala def. Campbell Moore 6-1, 6-1; Fatyha Berjane def. Camille Lusher 6-0, 6-0; No. 3, Idia Amen def. Griffin Murphy 6-0, 6-1; No. 4, Nea Krpo def. Laura Winstone 6-1, 6-0; Alexia Alleyne def. Crystal Hsu 6-2, 6-1.

Sunday the Jaguars host a 10 a.m. match with Savannah College of Art and Design.

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

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April 7, 2013

No. 14 Jaguars top Clark Atlanta 7-2

The Georgia Perimeter Jaguars, ranked 14th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association junior college poll, defeated Clark Atlanta University 7-2 Sunday at the CAU courts in Atlanta.

The victory represents the second time Georgia Perimeter (4-2) has defeated a four-year college team this season. The Jaguars bested College of Coastal Georgia in February, and their two losses have been to four-year colleges, Young Harris and Brenau.

Idia Amen remained undefeated in No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Clark Atlanta’s Brionne Bachus. Amen was ranked 11th in the ITA preseason poll of two-year college singles players.

In the No. 1 singles flight, Niriantsa Rasolomalala, ranked third in the nation, beat Vanessa Jean-Baptiste 6-0, 6-0.

Fatyha Berjane captured a 6-2, 6-1 win over Vonnick Boyogueno in No. 3 singles, and Nea Krpo rallied to win the fourth flight, edging Zolia Cadena 2-6, 6-2, 10-6.

Former Jaguar Asia Boyd accounted for one of the Panthers victories, a 7-5, 6-0 win over Alexia Alleyne. Boyd was instrumental in GPC’s 12th-place showing last year in the NJCAA national tournament.

Larissa Nelson fell to Ivory Conley in No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-2.

GPC won all three doubles matches.

DOUBLES: No. 1, Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Idia Amen def. Brianne Bachus and Vonnick Boyogueno 8-1; No. 2, Fatyha Berjane and Nea Krpo def. Asia Boyd and Ivory Conley 8-3; Alexia Aleyne and Larissa Nelson def. Vanessa Jean-Baptiste and Zolia Cadena 8-5.

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March 14, 2013

Lady Jaguars shut out Itawamba 9-0

Last week the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked the Georgia Perimeter College women’s team No. 14 in the nation.

Thursday, the Jaguars showed their rank with a 9-0 victory over Itawamba Community College, the No. 22 team in the poll conducted by ITA for the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Despite the lopsided score, GPC head coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar believes the Jaguars have work to do.

“We looked pretty good,” he said. “We just have to get ready, mentally and physically, for the big-time matches. When it gets down to crunch time, you need to have that confidence.” Georgia Perimeter improved to 3-2 on the season, but the Jaguars are undefeated against NJCAA teams, having beaten No. 15 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in February. Their two losses were against four-year colleges.

The Jags showed some depth Thursday against the visitors from Mississippi.

Niriantsa Rasolomalala handily won the No. 1 singles match, downing Amy Evans by a score of 6-0, 6-2.

In No. 2 singles Fatyha Berjane blanked Katherine Downing 6-0, 6-0. Idia Amen had similar success in the third flight with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Anna Hunt, while Nea Krpo downed Bianca Stephens 6-2, 6-2 in No. 4 singles.

The going was a little tougher for the Jaguars in the fifth and sixth flights.

In No. 5 singles, Alexia Allyene won the first set over Theresa Jackson 6-4, but the Jaguar sophomore fell 3-6 in the second set. Allyene fought back to win the tiebreaker 10-6.

Similarly, Laritza Nelson rallied from a first-set loss to snatch the sixth flight from Amber Frederick 3-6, 6-2, 10-5.

In doubles, Rasolomalala and Amen proved invincible, teaming up in the top flight for an 8-0 shutout of Evans and Downing.

Berjane and Krpo defeated Jackson and Hunt 8-1 in No. 2 doubles. Nelson and Alleyne held off Stephens and Frankie Turner 8-3 to win the third flight doubles match.

The Jaguars take a break until April 7, when they cross town to visit Clark Atlanta University at 1 p.m. The next home match is April 10 with Oxford College of Emory, starting at 3 p.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, 2013

No. 11 Jaguars finally overcome rival ABAC

For the first time in perhaps a decade, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis team defeated perennial power Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 5-4 Friday in Brunswick.

Fatyha Berjane

Niriantsa Rasolomalala

Despite being a player short and thus losing two points automatically, the Jaguars got outstanding performances from their three top-flight singles players, who also produced two doubles victories to down the Fillies in a three-way match at College of Coastal Georgia.

“Our top three played very good tennis. They are very strong,” said GPC head coach Mohamed Nait Omar. “Unfortunately, we are short-handed because of an injury, but they pulled us through.”

Additionally, Georgia Perimeter (2-1) eked out a 5-4 win over Coastal Georgia, a four-year college.

The ABAC match featured the No. 11 team in the nation vs. No. 12. In the preseason rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, GPC is ranked 11th among junior colleges, while ABAC is 12th.

Two freshmen met in the No. 1 singles flight and GPC’s Niriantsa Rasolomalala, third in the ITA individual rankings, dominated 6-1, 6-1 over Camelia Abdallah. Fatyha Berjane and Idia Amen posted shutouts in No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Berjane defeated Maggie Dowling 6-0, 6-0, and Amen beat Lorraine Chon-Qui by the same score. Amen is ranked No. 11 by the ITA, and Chon-Qui is 14th.

The No. 4 singles match featured a rematch from last April’s competition in Tifton, which the Fillies won 5-4. ABAC’s Nikki Hall repeated last year’s success, prevailing over Nea Krpo 6-2, 6-1. Hall won 6-1, 6-0 a year ago, so Krpo showed improvement.

In the fifth flight, GPC’s Alexis Alleyne dropped the first set to Melissa Eligio, 6-2, and then rallied in the second but fell short, 6-4.

Georgia Perimeter forfeited No. 3 doubles, lacking a sixth player, but lost only two games in the other two doubles matches. Rosolomalala and Amen defeated Dowling and Chon-Qui by an 8-0 score in No. 1 doubles, while Berjane and Krpo bested Abdallah and Ayla Bradley 8-2.

In the Coastal Georgia match, Rasolomalala, Berjane and Amen accounted for the winning five points in the same manner as in the ABAC match, sweeping the top three singles flights and top two doubles.

The scorecard for the GPC-Coastal Georgia match:

Doubles: No. 1, GPC’s Rasolomalala/Amen def. Nicole Faas/Priti Rijal 8-2; No. 2, GPC’s Borjane/Krpo def. Elektra Hunter/Kristina Polakovic 8-6; No. 3, Coastal won by forfeit.

Singles: No. 1, GPC’s Rasolomalala def. Hunter 6-3-6-0; No. 2, GPC’s Berjane def. Polakavic 6-0, 6-0; No. 3, GPC’s Amen def. Faas 6-1, 7-5; No. 4, CCG’s Rijal def. Krpo 6-0, 6-2; No. 5, CCG’s Beba def. Alleyne 6-0, 6-0; No. 6, Coastal won by forfeit.

Next up for the Jaguars is a home match with Oxford College of Emory on Monday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m.

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February 5, 2013

Wednesday’s tennis match postponed

Jaguar head coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar announced today that the Wednesday, Feb. 6, women’s tennis match with Clayton State University has been postponed. The match will be rescheduled for a later date.

Next up for the Jaguars will be a trip on Feb. 15 to Brunswick, where they will play a three-way match with a four-year team, College of Coastal Georgia, and conference rival Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The Jaguars’ next home match will be on Feb. 25 as they host Oxford College of Emory at 4 p.m. on the Dunwoody Campus courts.

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

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January 31, 2013

Amen triumphs in GPC’s 7-2 opening loss to 4-year school

It’s a brand new season and Idia Amen appears set to continue her old ways for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s tennis program. Her old winning ways, that is.

Idia Amen

Amen, who led the Jaguars to a 12th-place tie at last spring’s National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Tyler, Texas, had a racquet in each of her team’s only two victories in Thursday’s season opener against four-year college competition at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus tennis courts.

The sophomore ace from Dallas, Texas, defeated Brenau University’s Zalina Nazarova—a junior—6-2, 6-4 in the No. 3 singles match. Earlier in the day, Amen teamed with freshman Niriantsa Rasolomalala in an 8-3 top-flight doubles victory over Nazarova and Dominika Jasova, another junior.

Although the rest of the overcast afternoon didn’t go so brightly for the Jaguars, who fell to Brenau 7-2, GPC seriously challenged the Golden Tigers in two other flights.

Rasolomalala and Jasova clashed in a hard-fought No. 1 singles match, with Rosolomalala eventually falling 7-6, 7-6.

In the first set of the No. 2 singles match, Fatyha Berjane, a freshman, won 7-6 over Brenau’s Maria Perdomo Medina. But leading 3-1 in the second set, Berjane had to retire because of cramping and forfeited the match.

In other singles action, Brenau's Eline Nagels won a 6-0, 6-2 victory in the fourth flight over returning sophomore Alexia Alleyne.

Another returning Jaguar sophomore, Nea Krpo, succumbed 6-1, 6-0 to Sophie van Beijnum in the fifth flight. And in No. 6 singles, Kelly Cohron defeated GPC freshman Larrissa Nelson 6-2, 6-1.

Brenau’s No. 2 doubles team, Nagels and Perdomo Medina, won an 8-2 decision over Berjane and Alleyne. Nelson and Krpo fell 8-2 to van Beijnum and Vladica Djurdjevic in No. 3 doubles.

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January 29, 2013

Jaguars eye championship season

This could be the Jaguars’ year.

Women’s tennis at Georgia Perimeter College has steadily improved under head coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar, who is entering his fifth year at the helm of the program. With this year’s roster, Nait Omar sees an opportunity to capture a region championship, something the Jaguars haven’t done in nearly a decade because of total dominance by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Idia Amen

Since Nait Omar came on board, the program steadily has advanced toward regaining the glory that GPC enjoyed at the turn of the millennium. Back then the Jaguars won eight consecutive region titles, went to nationals 13 times and won a national championship in 2000. Georgia Perimeter was agonizingly close to a title last April, losing 5-4 to Abraham Baldwin in the championship match of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

But the squad was good enough to earn an at-large bid to the national tournament of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Jaguars not only showed up at the tourney in Tyler, Texas, but proved their mettle among the 29-team field, finishing in a tie for 12th place, right behind No. 11 ABAC.

This year—though it remains unsaid—the push obviously is on to top that performance and win the GCAA, which also serves as Region 17 of the NJCAA and sends its champion automatically to nationals.

“We have a chance for a great season,” Nait Omar said. “The team has more depth this year than last year. Our goal is to return to nationals.”

A solid core of returnees, led by sophomore ace Idia Amen, will lend valuable experience to complement Nait Omar’s exceptionally strong freshman recruits.

Niriantsa Rasolomalala

Amen entered nationals in May with an impressive 7-2 singles record, both losses coming to opponents from four-year schools. In the national tournament, she won three matches, advancing to the third flight singles semifinals, a major boost to the Jaguars’ team point total and 12th-place finish.

Amen comes into the spring season ranked No. 11 by the International Tennis Association among NJCAA players. But the 2013 Jaguars are so talented that No. 11 will play down in the singles order.

“Idia will be our No. 3 this year,” said Nait Omar. “She’s looking really good. She has more experience. She’s more mature and playing much smarter.”

The No. 1 and No. 2 players will come from the freshman class. According to the coach, Niriantsa Rasolomalala and Fatyha Berjane represent major forces on the court.

Rasolomalala, ranked No. 3 in the ITA poll, most likely will serve in the No. 1 singles spot and will team with Amen in top flight doubles. “She is a very good player overall,” Nait Omar said. “We’re lucky to have her on the team. She needs some work, but she is going to be a force on the national level.”

Berjane, who was very highly ranked in Morrocco, also looks to be a national contender. Nait Omar’s father, a former pro circuit player, knew Berjane back home and highly recommended her.

Fatyha Berjane

“She’s a really good player. She’s a great recruit,” Nait Omar said.

Sophomores Nea Krpo and Alexia Alleyne also add national experience to the squad. At Tyler in May, Krpo won in the round of 32, received a bye and then lost in the quarterfinals. Alleyne fell in the quarterfinals after receiving byes in the earlier rounds.

Krpo “needs work on consistency and needs some work on movement around the court,” Nait Omar said. “She can hit a good ball, and it’s good to have her back.”

The coach likes what he sees from Allyene on the court this year. “She's much more consistent. She's improved a lot.”

Alleyne or Krpo will join Berjane as the No. 2 doubles duo. The other will team with freshman Larissa Nelson in No. 3 doubles. Nelson, probably playing at No. 6 singles, adds valuable depth to the squad.

“She only needs some experience in match play and to get more comfortable in the college game,” Nait Omar said.

Beginning with Thursday’s season opener with Brenau University at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, the Jaguars’ schedule is brutal. Six of the first seven matches are with four-year colleges. Nait Omar, who has a new assistant coach, former Jaguar David Bennett, prefers a tough schedule.

“I like to play four-year schools. It prepares the players to transfer and to see the intensity of four-year competition. And it shows them that they can play with the best.”

In addition to depth, the coach is impressed by the Jaguars’ chemistry.

“Their strength is that they’re coming together as a team,” he said. “The better players are helping each other. I’m looking for a good season with them and looking for them to work hard. It’s their team—I’m just a coach.”

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

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