MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - No. 11 Georgia College & State University men's tennis (3-2, 0-1 PBC) kicked off the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) season Tuesday, losing to No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State University (7-0, 4-0 PBC) at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
The men's battle featured a ranked showdown at first doubles, as well as three nationally-ranked individuals for the Pirates.
The No. 16 pairing of Joao Casagrande (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) lost 8-2 to No. 4 Mikk Irdoja and Rafael Array. In the second spot, Daniel Regan and Matus Mydla surrendered just one point to Giovane Nucci (Santa Catarina, Brazil) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden). At third doubles, Eudaldo Bonet and Paul Fitzgerald were taken to the limit by Max Beliankou (Minsk, Belarus) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), winning 9-8.
Leborgne took on Bonet in first singles, pushing to a 7-5, 6-1 loss. Wadstein squared off with No. 7 Irdoja, and lost in straight 6-2s. Beliankou fell to No. 5 Array at third singles 6-4, 6-1.
Bernardes started strong, but lost to Mydla in the fourth slot 7-5, 6-2. It was the first loss for Bernardes this season, as he fell to 3-1. Nucci took the second set from No. 38 Fitzgerald, but lost in fifth singles, 6-4, 2-6, 10-7. Regan topped Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) 6-0, 6-4 in the sixth spot.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Feb. 26 as they travel to No. 26 Augusta State University with a start time of 2 p.m.
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