FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 25 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (11-9) came up with a big upset over the No. 8 USC Aiken Pacers (16-6) Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament, hosted by Francis Marion University.
The No. 5-seed Bobcats' win over No. 4-seed USC Aiken advances Georgia College to the semifinals to take on No. 1-seed Columbus State University. The Cougars beat No. 8-seed University of North Georgia 5-0 today.
This was a great win for the Bobcats after dropping a tough match to the Pacers less than a week prior, 5-4. The victory began by taking a 2-1 advantage in doubles play. The All-PBC Second Team pairing of No. 26 Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany) and Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) beat Tales Silva and Alex Sklizovic 8-5 in the first slot.
Second doubles finished next, as Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) beat Antonio Sabugueiro and Vicente Andrades 8-4. The only Georgia College doubles loss came in the third slot, as Noah Wallace (Grayson, Georgia) and Gabriel Caron (Johns Creek, Georgia) were defeated by Alvaro Garcia Gil and Wojciech Adamek 8-3.
All-PBC Second Team singles selection Kumbier gave Georgia College a 3-1 lead as his opponent Andrades retired after trailing 5-2 in the first set. Valentin Larroque answered with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Caron in the six spot, setting the score at 3-2. All-PBC First Team singles selection No. 15 Ecenarro made easy work of Sabugueiro, 6-3, 6-2 to put the Bobcats ahead 4-2. The next Georgia College loss came in the fifth slot as Wallace was beaten by Liam Wiggins 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Moller closed the door on the Pacers with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Garcia Gil in the third singles spot securing the playoff win for the Bobcats, 5-3.
Friday's win over No. 8 USC Aiken was the highest ranked win for Georgia College during this 2018 campaign. The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, April 21 at 1 p.m. against Columbus State.
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