PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 18 Georgia College men's tennis team (7-3) had their four-game winning streak snapped by undefeated No. 3 University of West Florida (15-0), 9-0 Tuesday at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex. The Bobcats faced their toughest competition to date in an Argonaut team that has more players nationally-ranked (five) than any other school, and that recently knocked off No. 1 Barry University.
West Florida has players nationally-ranked at No. 1, No. 16, No. 24, No. 26 and No. 31. The Argonauts used four-ranked players in singles today, an international singles lineup with three players hailing from Brazil, two from France and one from Australia.
Sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) had his hands full at first singles against the top-rated player in the country at Division II. West Florida's No. 1-rated senior from Brazil, Bruno Savi has not lost a match this season. Savi had only dropped one set entering today's contest, but after 15 opponents that total doubled as Hass took the first one against Savi 6-4, before getting bested by two subsequent 6-1 sets.
Senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) played his opponent the closest, dropping two 7-5 sets to Tony Rajaobelina at the second spot in a match of senior versus senior. In a battle of freshmen at the third spot, Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) faced No. 24-ranked Alex Peyrot and lost in two 6-3 sets.
Sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) was defeated by No. 16 Kenny Brasil in two 6-2 sets in the fourth position, while sophomore Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) lost to No. 26 Felipe Frattini in the fifth position 6-2, 6-3. Rounding out the singles scoring at the last spot was freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.), who was beaten by Elio Latello 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles play, the Bobcats got progressively better at the positions taking three games in the first spot, four games in the second and five games in third doubles.
Kinsler and Campus gave the Argonauts' Domenico Sano and Latella the biggest scare losing 8-5 in the third spot. Sano, who did not play at singles is ranked at No. 31.
Powell and Waern lost to Frattini and Peyrot 8-4 in the second spot, while Haas and Schubert lost 8-3 to Savi and Rajaobelina.
The Bobcat men's tennis team travels to Tuskegee University Wednesday, March 19 for a 2 p.m. start.
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