MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a match that went right down to the wire, the No. 23 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (10-9, 5-4 PBC) fell 5-4 to No. 13 USC Aiken (16-5, 5-4 PBC) Saturday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
The Bobcats dropped two of the three doubles bouts to start in an early hole. The win came in the top slot, where the nation's No. 34 pairing of Jannik Kumbier (Neumunster, Germany) and Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) beat Alex Sklizovic and Tales Silva 8-3. The Bobcat duo is now 11-6 this season.
In the second slot, Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostella, Spain) and Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) lost to Antonio Sabugueiro and Vicente Andrades 9-7. Third doubles was another Bobcat defeat as Nathan Connelly (McDonough) and Cole Heller (Woodstock) lost to Alvaro Garcia Gil and Wojciech Adamek 8-4.
The first singles result evened out the match, as Kumbier made short work of Sabuguiero in second singles 6-3, 6-0. Georgia College then got a 3-2 lead after No. 20 Ecenarro beat Vicente Andrades 7-6, 6-3 in the top slot. Moller then brought the Bobcats to within one for the team win, getting past Silva 7-5, 6-2 in the third line. Kumbier is the team leader in victories with 14, while Ecenarro picks up his 13th and Moller moves to 12-4.
The rally for the Pacers started in fourth singles, where Kohn lost 6-1, 6-0 to Gil. Heller then dropped a 6-4, 6-3 bout to Liam Wiggins in the sixth slot, putting the team finish on the final bout. Freshman Noah Wallace (Conyers) gave Valentin Larroque everything he could handle, eventually dropping the 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 marathon.
Prior to the match, the Bobcats honored their lone men's tennis senior in Ecenarro, as he played his final home match of the season.
The Bobcats finish the regular season with a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record of 5-4, positioned tied for fourth with the Pacers. There is one match left on the PBC schedule tomorrow between Young Harris College and Flagler College that could have an impact on how the seeding breaks down for the upcoming PBC Tournament April 20-21.
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