FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 18 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (11-8, 4-5 PBC) fell to No. 5 Flagler College (16-7, 7-2 PBC) in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Saturday morning. The No. 6-seed Bobcats were slightly outpaced by the No. 3-seed Saints, falling 4-1 despite a few tough battles.
Georgia College fell into an early hole after being downed in the first and third doubles slots.
Nathan Connelly (McDonough, Georgia) and Cole Heller (Woodstock, Georgia) dropped a 6-2 match to Luca Bolla and Daniel Arrien in the third slot, while Robin Möller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) were out dueled by Lukas Storck and Felipe Carvalho 6-4 in the first.
In singles, Rogel put the Bobcats on the board with a convincing win over Rasmus Jonsson in second singles with a pair of 6-3 sets. However, the Bobcats fell fourth through sixth singles and Flagler secured the team win, moving on to the PBC semifinal round.
Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) was downed in the fourth slot in straight 6-3 sets, Heller was defeated 6-2, 6-3 by Arrien and Connelly was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Konstantin Dustmann to end the day.
The Bobcat men now await the NCAA Regional Selection Show in hopes for an at-large bid to compete in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Selection Show will be aired Tuesday, May 7 at 8 p.m. If selected, the NCAA Southeast Regional opening round will be held on May 11 at a site to be determined.
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