#31 GC Men’s Tennis Hits Road for NCAA Tournament

Senior Pedro Ecenarro
Senior Pedro Ecenarro


SAVANNAH, Ga. – The 11th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament begins Saturday for No. 31 Georgia College Men's Tennis (11-11), as the Bobcats travel to No. 17 Armstrong State University to face the host Pirates Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m.

Coming into the Southeast Region Bracket as the No. 7-seed, the team had a strong finish to the season, including victories over USC Aiken and Morehouse College to bolster the resume enough to take an at-large bid. A highlight victory came March 3 when the Bobcats took down No. 6 Columbus State University, 5-4.

2016 Doubles All-American Christian Graff (Lohmar, Germany) leads the way for the Bobcats coming into the NCAA Tournament, owning an 11-9 mark in the first slot, including wins over three nationally-ranked opponents. The top singles record belongs to junior Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostella, Spain) at 17-5.

In doubles action, Graff joins junior Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee) for the Bobcats' first doubles pair. The Bobcat duo owns a 10-8 mark in the first slot.

Graff was named All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in singles this year. This season the GC men have wins over four nationally-ranked teams.

The Bobcats and Pirates met twice this season, with ASU getting 7-2 and 5-1 victories.

The winner of the matchup between Georgia College and No. 1-seed Armstrong State will compete against the winner of the matchup between No. 3-seed Lander University and No. 6-seed USC Aiken.

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