MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Tennis team (10-5, 4-3 PBC) fell to #3 Columbus State University (15-2, 5-0 PBC) at home Sunday, 7-0.
Doubles action came down to the final match, as both teams won a match to start the day. In the first slot, Robin Möller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) cruised to a 6-3 victory over Zach Whaanga and Alvaro Regalado. The Cougars responded with a third-slot win over the Bobcat pairing of Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Nathan Connelly (McDonough), 6-2. With all eyes on second doubles, Matei Avram and Arnold Kokulewski edged out Jannik Kumbier (Nuemünster, Germany) and Noah Wallace (Grayson) to open the scoring and put Columbus State ahead 1-0.
Even though they fought hard, the Bobcats could not overcome the sweep, falling in all six singles matches.
A tight duel ensued between nationally-ranked opponents in the first slot. No. 6 Möller kept the match close, threatening to upset No. 1 KP Pannu before being downed 6-4 in straight sets. No. 66 Wallace also attempted to upset a ranked Cougar, battling No. 18 Regalado in fourth singles. In an evenly-matched contest, Regalado pulled away in the first two sets, taking the match 6-4, 6-3.
Rogel and Kohn were also downed by ranked opponents. Rogel losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to No. 37 Zach Whaanga and Kohn being outpaced by No. 74 Kokulewski 6-0, 6-4.
Columbus State picked up wins in the third and sixth slots as well to complete the sweep. Kumbier fell 6-4, 6-2 to Fabien Asdrubal and Connelly dropped his match versus Tommaso Schold, 6-2, 6-1.
Being that this match was the final home match of 2019, the Bobcat men hit the road with four more matches to finish out the regular season. Their next battle comes Tuesday, April 2, as they take on Emmanuel College (Ga.) in non-conference action. First serve is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.