#21 GC Men’s Tennis Team Nets 5-3 Win Over #29 FMU

Waern has 11 singles wins and 11 doubles wins with partner Taylor Powell
Waern has 11 singles wins and 11 doubles wins with partner Taylor Powell

by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant

FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 21 Georgia College men's tennis team (11-4, 4-2 PBC) extended their winning streak to three with a 5-3 road victory at No. 29 Francis Marion University (7-5, 4-4 PBC) Sunday at the Kassab Courts. The team has now won for the third-consecutive Sunday as it prepares for a grueling upcoming week that entails four nationally-ranked Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams in a five-day span.

The men's team took a 2-1 lead from doubles into singles play. Once Georgia College went up 3-2 in singles for a 5-3 total, the final match went unfinished as its results were inconsequential. The second and third positions won at doubles, whereas the first, fourth and sixth spots clinched singles victories for the Bobcats.

Sophomore Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and freshman Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) improved to 11-4 on the season with an 8-6 win at second doubles against Tim Ruepke and Marius Wahlier.

The Bobcats' third doubles team of freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) and sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) moved to 10-5 with an 8-0 win against Luke Bateup and Jannik Roettlingsberger.

The Bobcats top pair, the No. 16 doubles team of sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) fell to 10-5 on the season by dropping an 8-2 match at first doubles to Gavin Davison and Richard Ashforth.

No. 33 Hass (12-3) redeemed himself at first singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Davison, while Campus also improved to 12-3 overall at fourth singles. He defeated Ruepke in a nice comeback effort after dropping the first set 6-4. Campus went on to win the match with a pair of 6-3 sets.

The Bobcat with the highest winning percentage at singles this season is Kinsler (11-2), who won at the sixth spot with a pair of 6-2 sets over Bateup. Waern (11-4) was defeated by Wahlier at third singles 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Schubert (8-6) lost the third and deciding set 7-6 (7-3) to No. 27 Ashforth at second singles, after dropping the first set 7-5 and winning the second 6-1.

The men's tennis team next travels to No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic State University Wednesday, April 9 at 1 p.m. before returning to the Centennial Center Tennis Facility for matches Thursday, Saturday and Sunday against No. 46 Young Harris College, No. 15 USC Aiken and No. 7 Lander University, respectively. If the Bobcats take their last three home matches next week, they will finish the season undefeated at home.

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