by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 21 Georgia College men's tennis team (11-5, 4-3 PBC) had their three-game winning streak snapped at No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic State University (11-6, 7-1 PBC) Tuesday at Bacon Park. The Pirates were coming off their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) loss since 2009 and rebounded with a 9-0 win over the Bobcats.
The men's team lost each doubles match by an identical 8-5 score. The Bobcats' top pair, the No. 16 doubles team of sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) fell to Pedro Scocuglia and Jaan Kononov in first doubles.
Sophomore Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and freshman Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) were defeated by Ignacio Hernandez and Damian Okrutny, while freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) and sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) were bested by Pablo Gor and Juca Cerin, in second and third doubles respectively.
The Pirates took all the singles matches in straight sets. No. 33 Hass lost to No. 10 Scocuglia 6-0, 6-4 in the first spot. Schubert dropped to No. 25 Kononov in second singles, while Waern dropped a pair of sets to Hernandez at the third spot. Both Schubert and Waern went down 7-5, 6-3.
At fourth singles, Campus was bested by No. 13 Gor 6-0, 6-2. Powell lost to Cerin 6-3, 6-4 in the fifth spot; and Kinsler dropped to Okrutny 7-6, 6-0 at sixth singles.
The men's tennis team next returns 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. Thursday's match against YHC starts at 2 p.m.
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