Courtesy of Grizzly Athletics
LAWRENCEVILLE – Gilad Berman made his Grizzly debut on Friday, helping the Georgia Gwinnett men’s and women’s tennis teams to a perfect 8-0 showing on the first day of the Grizzly Open at GGC Tennis Facility. Berman, who last suited up for UNLV in 2013, played just one match on the day, taking on Florida Southern’s Laurent Mailloux and picking up a 7-5, 6-3 win to advance to the round of 16 of the A draw.
On Saturday, he’ll start things off with a match against Reinhardt’s Fabio Pereira, and he’ll also team up with Luke Morland to begin doubles play in in the round of 32. Morland also picked up a singles win on Friday, beating Hunter Lathrop of USC Aiken by a score of 6-2, 6-2, and Tony Licata rounded out singles play for the Grizzly men with a 6-1, 1-6, 1-0 win over Aman Manji of Emory. On Saturday, Morland will continue play against Andrei Andrukhou, who is competing unattached, and Licata will face Emory’s Andrew Harrington.
Judith van Fraaijenhoven enjoyed a three-win day for the Grizzly women, advancing to the B Draw’s round of 16 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over West Georgia’s Sierra Brown and a 6-2, 6-1 decision versus Alabama State’s Brankica Orlovic.
The Dutch junior will continue singles play against Jacqueline Heer of Middle Georgia on Saturday. In doubles, she teamed up with Luma Schwab for an 8-3 victory over Shelby Brown and Meg Cummings of West Georgia. In the A Draw, Victoria Svensson upended Brenau’s Rebecca Pijls for a 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 win, and she will take on Arantxia Wijngaarde of Alabama State in the next round. Schwab also won, beating Marine Carter, also of Alabama State, by a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline.
Schwab will start things off on Saturday against USC Aiken’s Sarah Bernos. Play on Saturday will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day, and the Grizzly Open will come to a close on Sunday.