By Andrew Gahwiler, sports information student assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College men's tennis team (2-1) dropped its first match of the 2013 season 6-3 to the No. 12 Saint Leo University Lions (3-0).
The first doubles slot for GC tennis featured Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Andreas Ainalides (Heusenstamm, Germany) facing off against Victor Lozier and Ismail Lemtouni for the Lions. The Bobcats battled but were unable to bring home the point, dropping the first one 8-4.
At second doubles, Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) and Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) would drop their match against Bruno Sisti and Matt Nicholson-Lewis 8-5.
The third doubles squad fared better for the Bobcats as Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) and Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) picked up a win over Antoine Raffaelli and Fons Verberne, defeating the Lion duo 8-4.
Down 2-1 going into singles play, the Bobcats were looking to rally. The highlight of singles action was an upset in the day's lone ranked battle, as No. 47 Wadstein defeated No. 12 Aloua Adjenak, 7-5 and 7-6. In the second slot, the Bobcats would notch another win by Ainalides taking down the Lions' Sisti 6-3, 6-7, 10-5.
The Bobcats continued to battle through the contest but were unable to net any more team points, dropping the third singles match as No. 35 Lozier beat Schubert 6-0, 6-2. In the fourth spot, Hass fell to No. 29 Matt Nickolson-Lewis in a three-set battle 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
The fifth singles match brought Andersson to the court for the Bobcats against Lemtouni, a 6-4, 6-4 Bobcat loss. The sixth singles match featured Powell against Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio for Saint Leo. Powell would come up short, losing 6-3, 6-3.
The Bobcat men's tennis team looks to rebound Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility against the Jaguars of Augusta State University.
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