Bobcat Tennis Wraps Up Mercer Gridiron Classic

Junior Jannik Kumbier
Junior Jannik Kumbier

MACON, Ga. – The Georgia College Tennis teams wrapped up play at the Mercer Gridiron Classic over the weekend, bringing a close to the fall tournament season for Bobcat Tennis. The teams were divided into multiple singles and doubles divisions in the event, hosted by Division I Mercer University.

The men named after National Football League teams, while the women were named after Canadian Football League teams.

For the Bobcat men, two singles players were still alive after Friday, as newcomer Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) played in the “Jets Division” and Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) was still going in the “Panthers Division”.

Moller topped the No. 2-seed, Ruben Vanoppen from host Mercer, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, advancing to the quarterfinal. There, the Bobcat rookie met No. 6-seed Ignacio Garrido of Division I USC Upstate, and fell in a three-set nail-biter, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Kohn drew No. 3-seed Fernando Guardia of Mercer in round two, dropping a tough 7-6, 6-4 bout.

Doubles play had one team left for the Bobcat men, as junior Jannik Kumber (Neumünster, Germany) teamed with Moller. Friday the team picked up two wins in the “Cowboys Division”, advancing to a quarterfinal bout with USC Upstate’s Garrido and Felix Ewers, the bracket’s No. 6-seed. The seeded players won, ending a solid run from the Bobcat duo.

For the Bobcat women, junior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) continued play after Friday’s action. Lopez nabbed two victories on day one in the “Stampeders Division”, earning a slot in the quarterfinals. There, she faced No. 5-seed Grace Korta of Mercer and upset the seeded player rather handily, 6-3, 6-2. In the semis, Lopez took on Division I Troy University’s Jiayuan Xue, and dropped a 6-3, 6-2 score to the No. 4-seed.

The tournament brings a close to the fall season for Bobcat Tennis. Follow GCBobcats.com for the official release of the spring schedule.

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