#14 Bobcat Men Clawed by #10 Bearcats, 7-2

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

GREENWOOD, S.C. The No. 14 Georgia College men's tennis squad (4-5, 0-4 PBC) were unable to get much going Tuesday afternoon against the No. 10 Lander University Bearcats (12-2, 3-1 PBC), falling by a score of 7-2. 

The Bobcats picked up an early victory from the likes of No. 14 Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden), who defeated Vincent Verpeaux and Adam Jonsson 9-8 at the top doubles spot. The Bobcat duo improves to 7-2 on the year. 

Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) battled at the second position, eventually falling 8-4 to Oscar Axelsson and Ross Armstrong, while the tandem of Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) lost to Paul-Henri Arrigoni and Samuel Poutignat 8-2. 

Bernardes was able to pick up the lone Bobcat singles victory, taking down Jonsson quickly 6-2, 6-1. One of two seniors on the squad, Bernardes is now 6-3 in singles action this season. 

Unfortunately, this would be all the Bobcats would muster as No. 13 Leborgne dropped a heartbreaking tiebreaker 6-7, 7-5, 11-9 to Verpeaux at the first slot. 

Wadstein didn't fare much better falling to No. 15 Arrigoni in the second 6-4, 6-2, as did Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) 6-1, 6-4 to Diego Zeggara in fourth singles. 

Franks played a tough match with Axelsson in the sixth slot, but was unable to gain control of the match dropping it 7-5, 6-4. Rounding out the scoring for the Bearcats was Poutignat who topped Konyves in fourth singles 7-5, 6-4. 

GC will look to pick up their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory of the season when they host Georgia Southwestern State University Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. 

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