#16 Men’s Tennis Suffers Heartbreaker Against #7 Columbus State, 5-4

by Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's tennis team (3-2, 1-1 PBC) was back in action for their second Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup of the weekend, this time facing off against the No. 7 Columbus State University Cougars (4-0, 1-0 PBC). The Bobcats would jump out to an early lead but would eventually fall short, losing 5-4.

Wictor Andersson (Kalskoga, Sweden) and Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) started the Bobcats off with a victory in the second slot over Olivier Simonet and Oussama Zoghlami 8-3.

Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) added another win, downing Marco Almorin and Danilo Sardelli 8-5.

The top doubles team for the Bobcats, Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Andreas Ainalides (Heusenstamm, Germany), faced off against the No. 10 doubles team in the nation in Gordan Divljak and Quentin Rayniere. The Bobcats pushed the Cougars nearly to the brink, but would come up short, dropping the match 8-5.

The Bobcats started singles play with a 2-1 lead and would quickly expand it, with No. 47 Wadstein taking down Rayniere in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 in first singles.

Mattia Campus (Rome, Italy) played in the third spot, losing his match 6-1, 6-2 to Divljak. Ainalides battled No. 24 Simonet in the second spot and after dropping the first set 3-6 came back to defeat Simonet 6-0, 6-4.

The victory gave the Bobcats a 4-2 lead but the Cougars would sweep the final three matches. Schubert lost in straight sets to Sardelli 6-2, 6-2 in fourth singles. Hass and Andersson would both push their matches to the third set before losing. Hass fell to Zoghlami 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 and Andersson lost to Malicbegovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in sixth singles.

The Bobcats return to the court Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. when they travel to St. Augustine, Fla. to take on No. 27 Flagler College.  

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