Bobcat Men’s Tennis Begins GC Fall Championships

Junior Cole Heller
Junior Cole Heller

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – After a busy day filled with action on the Centennial Center Tennis Facility courts, the Georgia College Men's squad emerged with five victories on day one of the GC Fall Championships Friday.

Doubles play provided four of the wins. The pairing of Nathan Connelly (McDonough) and Ben McClurg (Belfast, Northern Ireland) topped the University of North Georgia's Jared Bones and Frederico Kuiper 6-4. Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) and Ben Van Hout (Woodstock) added a 6-4 victory as well over UNG's Zach Waldow and Yann Frezouls.

Cole Heller (Woodstock) teamed with Ben Grunert (Roswell) for another 6-4 win for the Bobcats, this time against Kenneth Limyadi and Florent Sauvage of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Heller also teamed with McClurg for a victory over Limyadi and Sauvage 6-3.

Sebastian Nunez (Buford) and Lukas Zavrel (Ulvano, Czech Republic) fell 6-4 to ABAC's Lorenzo Del Biondo and Tiago Marques. Rogel and Nunez teamed for a 6-4 loss to UNG's Daniel Ostap and Kevin Candido Magnusson. Van Hout and Connelly lost to Del Biondo and Marques 7-5, while Zavrel and Grunert were shut out by Mark Laishley and Tim Keihl.

In singles play, the victory came from newcomer Nunez, as the freshman topped Vinicius Outor of ABAC 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Heller fell to Bones 6-4, 6-3. Rogel lost in a pair of 6-1 sets to Laishley. Van Hout lost in a second-set retirement to Marques, and Connelly fell 6-0, 6-2 to Del Biondo. Grunert was beaten by Frezouls 6-3, 6-2 and Zavrel dropped a hard-fought 7-5, 3-6, 14-12 bout to Kuiper. McClurg also went three sets in his singles bout, falling short with Sauvage 6-7, 6-2, 10-7.

The Bobcats get back to action tomorrow, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.

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