#11 GC Men’s Tennis Rolls over West Alabama, 8-1

Christian Graff hits the ball

Full Results: http://gcbobcats.com/sports/mten/2016-17/files/MT-12.xtg

By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 11 Georgia College Men's Tennis (8-4) earned its first spring break win in the Sunshine State Sunday afternoon as the Bobcats halted the University of West Alabama Tigers (7-8), 8-1.

Georgia College took an early 3-0 lead after doubles as Christian Graff (Lohmar, Germany) and Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Georgia) snagged the first team point for the day. The Bobcat duo downed Julius Kaverinen and Andrii Stratiienko in the first spot, 8-3. Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and Mattia Campus (Concorrezzo, Italy) also topped their Tiger pair, Anton Lof and Christopher Wood, in a close battle, 9-7.

Due to UWA's three defaults, the Bobcats earned their win before the start of singles, 5-0. The GC men tried at the full sweep as they played four singles matches against the Tigers. Ecenarro was the first to win in the second line against Stratiienko 6-0, 6-2.

Graff fought back to split his match with Kaverinen in the first flight, answering his first set 6-3 loss with a 6-3 win in the second set. The Bobcat finally bested the Tiger in the 10-point tiebreaker, 10-8.

Campus also split his match against Lof. He dropped his first set 6-1 but returned with vengeance, winning the second 6-4. The Italian Stallion finished off the Tiger with a 10-4 clinch in the tiebreaker.

Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) was the last to finish. Like his fellow Bobcats, Waern responded to his 6-4 set one loss with a 6-4 set two win against Wood. The Tiger got the better of the Bobcat, though, and Waern fell in the tiebreaker, 10-7.

The men look to continue their winning habits in Florida Tuesday, March 21, as they play No. 9 University of West Florida at 10 a.m.

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