#20 Bobcat Men Buzz Past Georgia Southwestern, 8-1

Freshman Vincent Castermans clinched the team win in first singles.
Freshman Vincent Castermans clinched the team win in first singles.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 20 Georgia College men's tennis team (10-7, 6-2 PBC) picked up its 10th win of the season Saturday, sweeping singles action in an 8-1 win over Georgia Southwestern State University (4-15, 0-9 PBC) at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

The Bobcats owned a 2-1 lead after doubles action. The lone Bobcat loss came in first doubles play, as national-No. 23 pairing Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and Vincent Castermans (Grenoble, France) was upset 8-6 by Steven Blythe and Jake Koonce.

Second doubles provided an 8-3 Bobcat win as Taylor Powell (Martinez) and Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany) beat Oliver Marshall and Abel Acuna-Moreno, evening the Bobcat pair's record at 8-8.

Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) and Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) teamed for the first time this season, dispatching Andrew Greneker and Jonathan Martin 8-2.

The first singles result came from Ecenarro as well, topping Marshall in the second spot 6-2, 6-0. Ecenarro is a team-best 11-3 on the season. Following suit was his doubles mate, Waern, controlling Blythe 6-3, 6-2 in the third slot. Waern evens his record at 8-8.

The team-clinching point came from first singles, as Castermans moved up to beat Koonce 6-0, 6-4. Powell followed with a 6-0, 6-4 win in fourth singles over Acuna-Moreno, as Powell is now 9-2 in singles play.

Up next was a fifth-slot win for Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee) over Justin Ralston 6-1, 6-2. Kinsler remains perfect at 3-0. Closing out the match was Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy), sitting down Greneker in a pair of 6-2 sets. Campus is 8-3 in singles action.

The win puts Georgia College at 6-2 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good for fourth place in league standings. The Bobcats have clinched a playoff spot, and can finish no lower than fifth.  

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, April 12 at 1 p.m., hosting No. 8 Columbus State University.

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