HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The No. 20 Georgia College men's tennis squad (7-2) added two non-conference wins in neutral site play Wednesday, beating No. 44 Florida Tech (7-4) 6-1 before a 7-2 win over Coker College (2-8).
Action with Florida Tech started with a 2-1 Bobcat lead after doubles. The Bobcat loss came in the first slot, as No. 21 Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and Vincent Castermans (France) fell 8-3 to Mattias Hartmann and Beau Fieldsend.
The other two slots featured hard-fought Bobcat victories, including an 8-6 second doubles win for Taylor Powell (Martinez, Georgia) and Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany) over Patrick Hernandez and Wade Ball. The tightest doubles contest came in the third spot, as Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) and Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) added a 9-8 win over Ricardo Corona and Riley Lorenz. Campus and Ecenarro improved to a team-best 6-2 on the year.
Singles play was dominated by the Bobcats, starting with a shutout in first singles as No. 22 Hass beat Fieldsend. Kumbier's singles win came next in the third slot, a 6-3, 6-2 win over Hernandez. Castermans clinched the team victory with a 7-5, 6-4 win in the second slot over Hartmann. Ecenarro added a win over Aria Canadell in the fourth slot 6-3, 6-4, before the match was completed. Ecenarro is now 8-0 after today's victory.
The Bobcats made some lineup changes against the Cobras in match two, starting off with a 3-0 lead after doubles. The Bobcat No. 21 pairing of Hass and Castermans won 8-0 over Simon Bergbom and William Marrafao.
Second doubles was an 8-4 win for Powell and Kumbier against Mark Watt and Felix Schweyer. Third doubles was a new pairing in Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) and Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Georgia), the Bobcats beating Zach Grooms and Dominic Allan by shutout.
Singles play saw four more Bobcat victories. Powell was the first to finish in the fourth slot, beating Grooms 6-1, 6-0. A three-set win from Hass in the first spot clinched the team victory. The former All-PBC pick got past Marrafao 1-6, 6-1, 10-5.
Waern added a singles win in the second slot over Bergbom in a pair of 6-2 sets, and Kinsler added an 8-2 win in fifth singles, closing out the Bobcat points. Campus was edged in third singles by Watt, 6-3, 0-6, 11-9, and Alex Nolley (Cumming, Georgia) fell to Allan by an 8-6 score.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 13 at noon, playing host to No. 26 University of Indianapolis at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
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