#21 GC Men’s Tennis Team Beats #15 USC Aiken, 5-1

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 21 Georgia College men's tennis team (13-5, 6-3 PBC) upset No. 15 USC Aiken (10-8, 2-7 PBC), 5-1 Saturday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. The Bobcats completed their second of three Peach Belt Conference (PBC) home matches in a four-day span with tomorrow's Senior Day match remaining.

The GC men's team got off to a great start with a 2-1 lead after doubles play. All three Bobcat pairings are now tied at 12-6 on the season.

The Bobcats top pair, the No. 16 doubles team of sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) won in the first spot 9-7 against Alejandro Andino and Patrick Stiebinger.

Sophomore Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and freshman Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) were beaten 8-4 at second doubles by Lucas Gobbi and Ettore Damini.

Freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) and sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) defeated Andy Quirk and Jaime Gusano 8-2 in the third spot.

The Bobcats retired after taking the next three singles matches to get the fifth and deciding point. In the only match of the day featuring nationally-ranked players, No. 33 Hass upset No. 26 Damini in two 6-4 sets in the first spot. Hass is now a team-best 14-4 on the season.

Schubert beat Andino in second singles 6-1, 6-2; while Waern won both sets against Quirk 7-6, 6-3 at the third spot.  Schubert improved to 9-8, while Waern is now 13-5.

The Bobcats improve to 6-3 in PBC play, good for fourth in the league standings. With one match to go, the Bobcats have clinched a playoff spot, and could pick up the fourth or fifth season, depending upon the season's final matches. 

The men's tennis team can finish the regular season undefeated at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility with a win tomorrow against visiting No. 7 Lander University. The match against the Bearcats starts at 1 p.m.

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