MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) has been selected as the Bobcat Athlete of the Week. Hass becomes the first men's tennis player to win Bobcat Athlete of the Week this season.
Rarely is losing to an opponent newsworthy, unless you have accomplished something unique as was the case last week when Hass started the week against No. 3 University of West Florida's Bruno Savi.
Savi also happens to be the nationally-ranked No. 1 player in Division II. Entering the contest Savi had dominated his competition, winning in straight sets every time except once. Hass became only the second player this season to take a set from Savi scoring a first-set 6-4 victory before dropping the match in three sets.
Although Hass fell to No. 1 Savi, at the end of the day he became only the second player this season to take a set from Savi 6-4, and accomplishing something that only one other player before him had done.
After the West Florida match, Hass went 3-0 in singles at the top spot and 3-0 in doubles in the first position with partner Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany). Hass went a combined 6-0 against Tuskegee University, No. 21 GRU Augusta, and Davis & Elkins University.
He defeated Oshane Trail of Tuskegee 6-0, 6-2 and at doubles with Schubert took down Trail and Andrew Knight 8-2.
Against No. 21 GRU Augusta, Hass was the only Bobcat to win at both singles and doubles, defeating Victor Cabellos 6-3, 6-3, then grinding out a 9-8 victory with Schubert over Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes.
The final match of the week saw Hass defeat Vincent Harmon of Davis & Elkins 6-3, 6-2 in singles, and then Charles Brunel and Simon Meriau in doubles with Schubert 8-6.
Hass improved his Southeast Region ranking to No. 11 this past week, moving up five spots, and he and Schubert vaulted up to No. 5 in the region at doubles play after previously being unranked.
Hass also was named the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Men's Tennis Player of the Week Monday for his accomplishments last week.
The men's tennis team next takes on No. 23 University of West Alabama Friday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Tennis Center Facility.
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