Strong Singles Play Propels #18 GC Men’s Tennis to Ranked Win Over #27 Francis Marion, 5-2

Strong Singles Play Propels #18 GC Men’s Tennis to Ranked Win Over #27 Francis Marion, 5-2

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The #18 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (9-4, 3-2 PBC) dominated #27 Francis Marion University (8-6, 0-4 PBC) Sunday in a nationally-ranked battle at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility, 5-2. 

Victories at first and second doubles gave the Bobcats the early edge.

The Bobcat pairing of Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) outpaced William Anth-Forsberg and Charles Hutchings 6-4, while Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany) and Noah Wallace (Grayson) defeated Matheo Espinoza and Mauricio Guerrero by a 6-2 margin. The lone doubles loss came in the third slot, as Brandon Sweeney and Matt Astell beat Nathan Connelly (McDonough) and Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 6-2. 

In singles, No. 6 Moller continued his incredible senior season with a 6-1 performance over Paul Meuwissen in the first slot. The win pushes Moller's record to 11-1 on the season.

Rogel and Kumbier both followed with wins in their matches as well. Rogel made quick work of Anth-Forsberg, 6-1, 6-1 and Kumbier erased Astell with a pair of 6-3 sets. Kohn rounded out the Bobcat wins for the day, outlasting Espinoza in a third-set tiebreak, 2-6, 6-3, 10-6. 

Wallace and Ben Grunert (Roswell) battled hard in their contests but couldn't pull away. Wallace lost 6-4, 6-1 to Guerrero and Gruner was edged by Hutchings, 6-3, 5-7, 11-9. 

The win gives the Bobcats a 7-1 home record, as they improve to 3-2 in conference play. They return to the courts Saturday, March 30 for Sea of Green Day at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility when they host Georgia Southwestern State University.

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