by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The No. 15 Georgia College men's tennis team (14-8) lost a tough match Friday night in the opening round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament against the No. 12 Flagler College Saints (11-6), 5-3.
The Bobcats were down 3-0 after doubles a week ago to the Saints but turned things around Friday going up 2-1. Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) played out of the No. 1 spot for the 'Cats downing David Cotrone and Gino Ramirez, 8-2. Leborgne and Wadstein improve to 14-7 on the season.
Leborgne lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Cotrone after winning the first set, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Wadstein also dropped his match in a three set marathon to Coulis, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
In fourth singles, Bernardes downed Snoxell, 6-3, 6-4, boosting Bernardes' record to 13-7. Franks lost his bout in straight sets to Hunt, 6-3, 6-3. Wictor Andersson's (Karlskoga, Sweden) match took three full sets and a tie-breaker to decide but GC eventually dropped the match to Oquendo that clinched it for the Saints 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5).
The PBC Tournament has come to an end for the Bobcats as they now await a potential at-large bid for the NCAA Regional Tournament.
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