Upset-Minded #20 GC Men’s Tennis Falls Short to #10 VSU, 5-3

Freshman Pedro Ecenarro picked up two of the team's three victories.
Freshman Pedro Ecenarro picked up two of the team's three victories.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a match that started hours late due to rain, the No. 20 Georgia College men's tennis team (4-2) took No. 10 Valdosta State University (4-3) to the limit Tuesday in a 5-3 loss at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

The Bobcats held a 2-1 lead after doubles. The No. 21 doubles squad of Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and Vincent Castermans (France) posted an 8-6 win over Ramon Weil and Gereon Heitmann in the first slot. Hass and Castermans are now 3-2 in 2015.

Second doubles went to the Blazers, as Edward Nguyen and Niklas Herbring beat Taylor Powell (Martinez) and Jannik Kumbier (Neumunster, Germany) 8-5. The third slot featured another 8-6 win for the Bobcats, this time as Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) and Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) topped Leo Blay and Joachim Schemm. The Bobcat third-doubles pairing is a team-best 5-1 on the year.

Valdosta State took singles action 4-1. Blay beat No. 22 Hass in the first slot 7-5, 6-0, and Herbring posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Castermans in second singles. In the fourth spot, Georgia College got its lone singles victory as Ecenarro made quick work of Weil 6-1, 6-2. Ecenarro improves to a team-best 6-0 in singles play.

Schemm and Powell met in the sixth slot, a 6-2, 6-1 win for the Blazer netter, setting up fifth singles as the team-victory point. Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) took Nguyen to three sets in the loss, 1-6, 7-6, 7-6.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m., traveling to Young Harris College.

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