Stallions Tennis Team Wins State Title
ABAC’s Stallion Tennis won the Region XVII Championship Friday during the GCAA
Regional held on the ABAC campus. The team beat Georgia Perimeter 6-3, and the win
qualified the men for the national tournament next month in Texas. Joshua Page, a
freshman from the United Kingdom, was named MVP. Page has only lost one match this
spring. Head Coach Dale White was also named Coach of the Year.
The Stallions produced a spirited display in singles after having all 3 doubles taken away from them late on. At number 1 doubles Josh Page and Corey Smith were 6-5 up but ended up losing 9-7. At number 2 doubles Michael Bailey and Nate Palmer stepped up from their usual 3 spot to play some very good doubles. They were ahead 7-4 and having a few match points to clinch it, but couldn’t quite get over the line and ended up losing 9-7. Jonah Jakubec and Bo Blalock also lost out in a close one 8-6.
In singles play the Stallions dominated early on. Josh Page took a convincing 6-2 6-2 victory at number 1 singles. Jonah Jakubec won 7-5 6-2 at number 2, Nate Palmer won 6-1 6-3 at number 4, and Michael Bailey won 6-1 6-1 at number 5. This meant the Stallions took a 4-3 lead with 2 matches remaining. Corey Smith won the first set 7-5 at number 3 singles and had match points in the second set to close it out. After losing those and the second set 7-6, the third set was just as close. Both players having their chances but Corey ended up losing 7-5. Bo Blalock stepped in at number 6 and also won the first set 7-5, but he couldn’t quite keep up that level in the next two sets and lost 5-7 6-1 6-3.
As a coach I couldn’t have been prouder of their effort in singles to almost pull off a great comeback. If you look at the scores in all the matches we lost we could have won all of them. The team will learn a lot from this match and I am confident we will get a lot better as the season goes on.
Feb. 16 ABAC Men’s Tennis vs SCAD-Atlanta, GA Results: L 6-3
Fall Semester Matches End
Oct 10-12, 2013 (ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Myers, FL): Josh Page lost his first match to Seminole State in three sets. Josh won Friday against Ventura College out of California. Josh beat Marion Military Institute from Alabama to finish 5th in the Country.
Sept 20-21, 2013 (ITA Regional Championships): Josh Page won the mens singles at the ITA Regional Championships this past weekend. Josh beat Alejandro Perez (also from ABAC) in the final. Josh will head to Fort Myers, FL to play in the Small College National Championships in October. Perez had an upset win over Georgia Perimeter’s #1 player in the semi finals. Perez may have a chance to make it to Nationals if he receives an at-large bid.
Alejandro Perez and Jonah Jakubec lost in the final of the doubles. They had an upset win over Georgia Perimeter’s #1 team in the semi finals but couldn’t quite pull of the win in the final.
Kelly Burge and Camelia Abdallah both made it to the semi finals of the women’s singles, losing to Georgia Perimeter’s #1 and #2 players.
Overall the weekend was successful. The conditions on Friday were tough so we did well to handle those and then come back on Saturday and produce some good tennis in the semi finals. It will be great to take Josh to nationals and see if he can bring back an individual national title.