By Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College men's tennis team (3-1, 1-0 PBC) kicked off its Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play with a resounding 8-1 victory over the visiting Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes (1-2, 0-1 PBC) Saturday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
The Hurricanes got their only win early, as Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Andreas Ainalides (Huesenstamm, Germany) lost their doubles match 8-2 against Evgeniy Vinogradov and Jake Koonce in the first slot.
Playing in the second doubles slot, Wictor Andersson (Kalskoga, Sweden) and Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) got the Bobcats back on track, taking down Chris Eastwood and Tommy Cangelosi 8-4. Georgia College would not lose another match, dropping just two sets in singles.
Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) rounded out the doubles play with an 8-5 win over Joseph Bjerregaard and Matt Vansant.
Shubert got the first win for the Bobcats in singles play, taking Bjerregaard down 6-0, 6-4.
Both members of the Bobcats top doubles team would win their singles matches. National No. 47 Wadstein got revenge against Vinogradov, taking a quick 6-1, 6-4 victory. Ainalides had to work a little harder, but defeated Koonce 3-6, 7-5, 6-0. The Ainalides win clinched the team victory for the Bobcats.
Hass would make quick work of Vansant, coming away with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Powell was pushed to the brink by Demande, but came away with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 victory. Andersson finished things off for the Bobcats with a 6-0, 7-6 victory over Stephen Moore.
The Bobcats will be back in action Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. when they welcome the No. 7 Columbus State University Cougars.
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