#22 GC Men’s Tennis Upsets #21 GRU Augusta in 5-4 Thriller

Freshman Vincent Castermans picked up two wins in his first Peach Belt action.
Freshman Vincent Castermans picked up two wins in his first Peach Belt action.

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With two teams separated by one in the National Rankings, Wednesday's men's tennis match held close to those tight poll results, as No. 22 Georgia College (2-0, 1-0 PBC) upset No. 21 GRU Augusta (2-1, 0-1 PBC) 5-4 at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

Doubles play started with a 2-1 advantage for the Bobcats, getting wins in the first and third slots. Georgia College's third doubles team of Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) and Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) was the first to finish, topping Joao Gabriel Freitas and Gabriel Santos 8-2.

Taylor Powell (Martinez) and Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany) fell in second doubles by the same 8-2 score to Moritz Gehlhaus and Thomas Sevel. The only ranked doubles pairing picked up a victory in the first slot as No. 21 Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and Vincent Castermans (France) beat Romain Ferreira and Romain Brunie 8-3 to close out doubles play.

Castermans continued the run through singles play with a pair of 6-1 sets over Sevel in the second slot, putting Georgia College up 3-1. In the lone ranked singles battle, No. 20 Ferreira and No. 22 Hass dueled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory for the Jaguar.

Ecenarro brought the Bobcats one win from victory by taking out Gabriel Freitas in the fifth slot 6-4, 6-3. With their backs against the wall, the Jaguars responded with two singles wins to knot it up 4-4.

Brunie defeated Kumbier in the second spot 6-2, 7-6, and then Gehlhaus edged Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) in fourth singles 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, setting the stage for the deciding match in sixth singles.

Powell started strong with a 6-3 first set against Arthur Andrade, but GRU's hopes rose on a 6-2 Jaguar second set. With everything on the line, Powell closed out the victory with a 6-3 for the three-set win.

The Georgia College men have now won their last three Peach Belt Conference (PBC) openers.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m., traveling to No. 26 Flagler College.

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