by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 21 Georgia College men's tennis team (13-6, 6-4 PBC) finished the regular season as the No. 5-seed in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament set to start tomorrow morning in Florence, S.C. The Bobcats will take on No. 4-seed No. 23 Georgia Regents University Augusta (16-5, 6-3 PBC) at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center starting at 11 a.m.
Both the Bobcats and Jaguars are hoping to break Armstrong Atlantic State University's nine-year PBC Tournament win streak dating back to 2005. The Pirates have also taken six of the last seven regular season titles with only Georgia College interrupting that streak in 2009. Three of last six NCAA Division II National Champions have come by way of the PBC.
In the 2013 PBC Tournament, the Bobcats entered as the No. 4 seed, beating No. 5-seed Augusta State University in the first round. After a 5-0 loss to top-seed Armstrong, the Bobcats moved to the third place match, losing a hard-fought 5-2 battle to No. 2-seed Lander University.
There are no other two teams as similar in this year's PBC Tournament as the Bobcats and the Jaguars. Both teams won six conference matches this season as well as only losing once at home overall. All of Georgia College's losses were to nationally-ranked opponents with four of the six to top-10 teams. The Bobcats also beat five nationally-ranked teams with No. 15 USC Aiken being the highest ranked.
The No. 21 Bobcats have one nationally-ranked individual player and one nationally ranked doubles pair, as do the No. 23 Jaguars. While Georgia College's top player, Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) is ranked No. 33, GRU Augusta's Victor Cabllos is No. 32. The Bobcats' top doubles pair of Hass and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) is ranked at No. 16, while the Jaguars' top doubles pair of Cabellos and Guimaraes is No. 6.
The two teams met once this season at Augusta with GRU wining 5-3. In that match, Hass knocked out Cabollos in two 6-3 sets; while Hass and Schubert defeated Cabellos and Guimaraes 9-8 to capture two of Georgia College's three points. Freshman Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) registered the third point at third singles with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Romain Brunie.
The winner of the Georgia College and GRU Augusta match will move on to the semifinal round and play the winner of No. 1-seed Columbus State University and No. 8-seed University of North Georgia Friday at noon. The loser between the Bobcats and Jaguars will then via for a fifth-overall finish facing the loser of CSU and UNG Thursday at 5 p.m.
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