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Local Roundup - Zieziula hired as GSU tennis coach
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    Georgia Southern director of athletics Sam Baker announced the hiring of Nick Zieziula as the head coach of Eagles’ men’s tennis program. Zieziula (pronounced za-ZOO-la), who was a four-year letterwinner at The State University of New York at Buffalo, served as the assistant men’s tennis coach at the University of Central Florida for the past two years.
    “The dedication and hard work Nick put into being an assistant coach at both Buffalo and the University of Central Florida impressed us as well as his desire to become a Division I head coach. We are extremely excited about Nick and what he will bring to our program with his outstanding background as a player and coach. I’m sure our student-athletes will enjoy working with him as we prepare for the 2010-2011 tennis season,” Baker said.
    In two seasons at UCF, Zieziula tutored three doubles tandems and a singles player to Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings. Blaze Schwartz and Marc Rocafort earned their highest ranking as a doubles team on January 5, 2010, taking the No. 21 spot in the country. In addition, Joe Delinks was nationally ranked in doubles with both Sakey (2009) and Eugene Dolgovykh (2010). Claudio Romano ranked 81st in the nation in the initial spring 2009 rankings.
    In both his seasons at UCF, Zieziula oversaw the academic progress of the team’s student-athletes. In 2010, five Knights garnered C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll status and in 2009, four players received conference academic honor roll recognition.
    “I would like to thank Sam Baker, Cathy Beene, Jeff Blythe and everyone in Georgia Southern Athletics for giving me this opportunity,” said Zieziula. “Throughout the interview process, I was really impressed by how the department operated like a family From staff reports

    Georgia Southern director of athletics Sam Baker announced the hiring of Nick Zieziula as the head coach of Eagles’ men’s tennis program. Zieziula (pronounced za-ZOO-la), who was a four-year letterwinner at The State University of New York at Buffalo, served as the assistant men’s tennis coach at the University of Central Florida for the past two years.
    “The dedication and hard work Nick put into being an assistant coach at both Buffalo and the University of Central Florida impressed us as well as his desire to become a Division I head coach. We are extremely excited about Nick and what he will bring to our program with his outstanding background as a player and coach. I’m sure our student-athletes will enjoy working with him as we prepare for the 2010-2011 tennis season,” Baker said.
    In two seasons at UCF, Zieziula tutored three doubles tandems and a singles player to Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings. Blaze Schwartz and Marc Rocafort earned their highest ranking as a doubles team on January 5, 2010, taking the No. 21 spot in the country. In addition, Joe Delinks was nationally ranked in doubles with both Sakey (2009) and Eugene Dolgovykh (2010). Claudio Romano ranked 81st in the nation in the initial spring 2009 rankings.
    In both his seasons at UCF, Zieziula oversaw the academic progress of the team’s student-athletes. In 2010, five Knights garnered C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll status and in 2009, four players received conference academic honor roll recognition.
    “I would like to thank Sam Baker, Cathy Beene, Jeff Blythe and everyone in Georgia Southern Athletics for giving me this opportunity,” said Zieziula. “Throughout the interview process, I was really impressed by how the department operated like a family and that influenced my view of the position. The Men’s Tennis program at Georgia Southern has tremendous potential to be extremely competitive in the conference and compete for championships immediately, which is what drew me to the program. I am honored to have been chosen to lead the team and I look forward to getting to Statesboro to start working with our players.”

Summer GSU baseball update
    Eight current Georgia Southern Eagles are playing across the country in Summer Leagues.
    Teammates Eric Phillips and Shawn Payne both made their respective summer leagues’ All-Star Teams. Phillips, a rising junior, leads the Luray Wranglers of the Valley League with a .356 batting average.         He has started 24 of his 26 appearances, collecting four doubles, one home run and eight RBI. With an on-base percentage of .452, Phillips has scored 16 times and owns a .953 fielding percentage. Phillips helped lead the North All-Star team to a 9-2 victory over the South in the Valley League’s All-Star game July 11.
    Competing in the Sunbelt League representing the Eagles are Payne (Atlanta Crackers), Brent Pugh, Atlanta, Ga., native (Signature Park Grizzlies) and Garren Palmer, Dalton, Ga., native (Atlanta Crackers).
    Matt Murray, a member of the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League, owns a 1-0 record in 21.1 innings pitched with a 2.53 ERA. Murray earned a 5-2 win over the Falmouth Commodores in his fourth start of the summer.  The Spring City, Pa., native threw six innings in the win, striking out four while surrendering only one run.
    Victor Roache has helped lead the Delaware Cows in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League to a 13-11 record. He is batting .286 with a double.
    Participating in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, Arthur Owens has compiled a .267 batting average in 22 starts with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The rising sophomore has scored 10 times and driven in nine RBI using two doubles. Also in the NYCBL, Michael Hester has made five appearances for the Allegany County Nitros. Hester has pitched eight innings, surrendering only one run and one extra-base hit. The senior has struck out nine batters and has a 1-0 record with a 1.12 ERA.

CY hoops camps
    Georgia Southern basketball coach Charlton Young will host a series of camps in Hanner Fieldhouse throughout the summer.
    A skills camp will begin on August 7.
    For more information,
contact (912) 478-1425.

Childress goes to Phoenix
    PHOENIX (AP) — Swingman Josh Childress has been acquired by the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
    Atlanta will get the Suns' 2012 second-round draft pick as part of the deal.
    Childress has played the past two seasons in Greece.