Bobcat Men Drop Third Place Match 5-2, Finish Fourth in PBC Tournament

SUMTER, S.C. – The No. 4-seed Georgia College men's tennis team (18-6) was back on the court less than 24-hours after their semifinal match, this time taking on No. 2-seed Lander University (15-3). Despite a big win in the top doubles spot, the Bobcats lost the overall match 5-2.

Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) were felled at third doubles, losing to Oscar Axellson and Samuel Poutignat  8-3.

The Bobcats' top duo of Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Andreas Ainalides (Heusenstamm, Germany) were able to defeat the No. 13 doubles pair in the country, August Iwdal and Adam Jonsson 8-4 just days after they were named First Team All-PBC.

"We had seen them a couple times this year and figured out the best way for us to approach the match," said Wadstein. "We got a good momentum going in the first few games and just rolled from there."

Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) and Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) had a fierce battle against Paul Arrigoni and Vincent Verpeaux. The match ended in a 9-7 Bearcat win after multiple lead changes.

Playing second singles, Ainalideas made quick work of Poutignat 6-1, 6-0, finishing the final set after only giving up a handful of points.

Schubert was matched against Jonsson in fourth singles and was downed 6-3, 6-2, Followed by No. 48 Wadstein losing to No. 28 Verpeaux in the clincher 6-4, 6-1.

The Bobcats now await seeding for the NCAA Tournament, set to begin Saturday, April 27. Georgia College will be vying for an at-large bid to make NCAA postseason play for the seventh straight season.

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