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May 15, 2014

ABAC’s Josh Page plays for national title today

TIFTON — Josh Page, playing at No. 1 singles for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, will take the court for the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship at No. 1 singles today at the NJCAA national men's tennis tournament in Plano, Texas.

Page, a freshman from the United Kingdom, will play Harry Busby, also from the U.K., and playing at Cowley (Kan.) College for the national title at 9 a.m.  In his first year at the helm of the Stallions, Coach Dale White has already led ABAC to a 5th place finish in the overall standings in the tournament.  

Page, named the International Tennis Association Region IV Rookie of the Year earlier in the week, knocked off Spartak Rahachou from Johnson County (Kan.) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Thursday's national semifinal.  Page was the Most Valuable Player of the NJCAA Region XVII tournament when the Stallions claimed that state title in April at the Red Hill Athletic Center on the ABAC campus.  Page also won the ITA Small College Regional championship last October.

White said Page has the opportunity to become the first ABAC men's tennis player to claim a spring national title at the No. 1 singles position since Richard Evans accomplished that magnificent feat in 1999 for ABAC Coach Red Hill.  On that historic day in 1999, the win by Evans clinched the national championship for the Stallions on Hill's last day before he retired from ABAC.  

The ABAC women's team, also under the direction of White, finished 12th in last week's national tournament in Tyler, Texas.  The Fillies wound up 2nd in the NJCAA Region XVII tournament.

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