#14 GC Men Stumble at #13 Francis Marion, 6-3

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

FLORENCE, S.C. The No. 14 Georgia College men's tennis squad (3-4, 0-3 PBC) ran into a tough No. 13 Francis Marion University team (6-1, 3-1 PBC), dropping their Peach Belt Conference (PBC) match 6-3 Sunday afternoon at the Kassab Courts. 

Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) picked up a win for the Bobcats at the No. 2 singles slot, taking down Jack Bishop in comeback fashion 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. 

GC also picked up victories at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, with Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) taking care of their matches in straight-sets, respectively. 

Konyves defeated Jonathan Hain 6-2, 6-4, while Schubert won over Luke Bateup by a score of 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. 

Unfortunately the doubles portion of the match wasn't as friendly for the 'Cats, as they dropped all three matches. 

The nationally-ranked No. 14 tandem of Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Wadstein fell to No. 19 Alex Caspari and Gavin Davdison 8-4. Caspari also went on to defeat Leborgne 7-5, 7-5 at the No. 1 singles slot. 

At No. 3 doubles, Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) went the distance against Dirk Bair and Tim Ruepke, eventually dropping a heartbreaker 9-8 (7-4). 

Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) and Konyves dropped their match at No. 2 doubles to Bishop and Hain 8-6. 

Rounding out the scoring for the Patriots were Bair and Davison, who defeated Franks and Bernardes 7-5, 3-0 (ret.) and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. 

The Bobact men will look to right the ship Tuesday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. when they battle Concord University at home. 

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