#18 Bobcat Men’s Tennis Falls Short at #9 West Florida, 4-3

Senior Jannik Kumbier
Senior Jannik Kumbier

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 18 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (8-4) took one of the nation's best to the limit Thursday, falling 4-3 at No. 9 University of West Florida (9-4).

The Bobcats picked up the doubles point with wins on the first and second lines.

GC started in the hole after junior Nathan Connelly (McDonough, Georgia) and sophomore Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) teamed for a 6-3 loss to Lucas Sanchez and Juan Cabrera. Senior Jannik Kumbier (Neumunster, Germany) and sophomore Noah Wallace (Grayson, Georgia) brought things even with a 6-3 score of their own in the second slot, topping Igor Cantanhede and Pedro Cordeiro. The Bobcat duo improves to 7-1 this season

First doubles provided the edge, as juniors Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) teamed for a 6-4 win over Serdar Bojadjiev and Vitinho Galvao. The win was Moller and Rogel's 10th of the season.

The Argos brought things even with the first singles result, where freshman Ben McClurg (Belfast, Northern Ireland) lost to Cordeiro 6-0, 6-1. Classmate Ben Grunert (Roswell, Georgia) followed with a shutout loss to Robin Rafaitin in the fifth slot. Kumbier got the Bobcats back on track and evened the team score 2-2 by downing Gerardo Irarrazabal by two 6-2 sets in third singles. Kumbier improves to 5-4.

No. 6 Moller suffered his first singles defeat of the year, dropping a 6-3, 6-4 bout to No. 4 Bojadjiev in a top-10 battle. Moller is now 3-1 against ranked competition this season. The Argos then clinched the team match with a 6-4, 7-6 win in second singles for Cabrera over Rogel. Team match already decided, Wallace wouldn't let the Bobcats go home without a win, outlasting Sanchez in fourth singles, a 7-5, 3-6, 10-4 marathon. Wallace is now 10-2, tied for the team lead in singles wins.

The Bobcats have just four losses on the season, all except one coming to teams ranked in the nation's top-15. The only one outside that group—the University of North Georgia—wasn't ranked at the time, but now owns the No. 7 slot in the country.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, March 24 at noon, hosting No. 27 Francis Marion University.

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