VALDOSTA, Ga. – The No. 12 Georgia College men's tennis team (6-2) battled at nearly every slot, but the firepower of No. 1 Barry University (5-1) became too much in the end as the Bobcats fell 8-1 Sunday.
The Bobcat victory came at the No. 2 doubles slot, as GC's Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) teamed for a 9-8 win over Barry's Emanuel Fraitzl and Marco Mokrzycki. Fraitzl is the No. 1 singles player in the country, and Mokrzycki is ranked No. 11. The duo of Franks and Bernardes improved to 5-3 with the win.
The first doubles bout saw Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) drop an 8-3 decision to Max Wimmer and Quentin Vachez. In third doubles, Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany) and Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) fell 8-5 to Sergio Velez and Ollie Lemaitre.
The top singles battle came in the second bout, as No. 16 Leborgne dropped a 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 marathon to No. 26 Wimmer. In first singles, Wadstein lost to No. 1 Fraitzl 6-4, 6-3. Bernardes lost 6-4, 6-2 to Vachez.
In fourth singles, Rausch dropped 6-4, 6-1 sets to Velez, and Franks lost 6-1, 6-2 to Lemaitre in the fifth slot. In sixth singles, Angelucci went down in straight 6-2 sets to Romain Costamagna.
Both the Bobcat men's and women's tennis teams are back in action Friday, March 4 at 2 p.m., traveling to Francis Marion University. The FMU men's team is ranked No. 14, while the Patriot women are No. 13.
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