by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 14 Georgia College men's tennis squad (6-5, 1-5 PBC) hung tough with the No. 9 Columbus State University Cougars (15-1, 5-0 PBC), but eventually fell in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) contest 6-3 Sunday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
The duo of Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) picked up a solid victory at the third doubles position taking down Adi Malicbegovic and Michael Trebuhov 9-7. Andersson and Bernardes are now 7-4 on the season.
The Cougars would grab the other two doubles matches from the Bobcats, as No. 6 Martin Shishkov and Oliver Simonet defeated No. 14 Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) 8-4 at the top position. Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) and Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) dropped their match to Gordan Diviljak and Quentin Rayniere 8-3 at the second slot.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the singles portion of the match, GC would grab the lead at 3-2 following victories from the top two spots. No. 13 Leborgne took down No. 25 Simonet in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, while Wadstein came back to defeat Diviljak 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Unfortunately, that would be all the Bobcats would pick up as they dropped the remainder of their singles matches.
Bernardes won the first set against Rayniere at the third singles position, but was unable to hold the lead losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) fell at the fifth singles position 6-4, 6-2 against Oussama Zoghlami.
Andersson would lose his perfect singles record on the year in a 6-3, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Sardelli at the final singles position, while Konyves also lost at the fourth position 6-1, 6-3 to Shishkov.
Wadstein now shares the team lead in wins at 7-4, and Leborgne improves to 6-5 on the season with the big singles victory.
The GC men will hit the road for spring break in Pensacola, Fla., beginning with a match against No. 7 University of West Florida Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m.
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