Bobcat Tennis Starts Strong at ITA Regionals

Senior Valeria Lopez and sophomore Noah Wallace
Senior Valeria Lopez and sophomore Noah Wallace


SUMTER, S.C. – The Georgia College Tennis teams had a strong start to the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regionals, as part of a rain-shortened first day Thursday.

On the men’s side, they picked up a doubles victory and a singles win.

Sophomore Noah Wallace (Grayson, Georgia) took down Allesamdro Gerbino of Barton College 6-3, 7-6(4) to advance to the round of 64. There, he will face No. 4-seed Tommaso Schold of Columbus State University.

In doubles play, the No. 5-seed duo of Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) defeated Kent Schiell and Christopher Wejs of Belmont Abbey College 6-2. The Bobcat pair will now take on Ryan Gaskin and Kevin Magnusson of the University of North Georgia in the round of 16. The other Bobcat doubles entry of Wallace and Nathan Connelly (McDonough, Georgia) fell in the opener to Tusculum College’s David Akinpetide and Yago Fernandez, 6-1.

Doubles play was all the Bobcat Women could finish prior to the rain, going 2-2 on the day.

The freshmen duo of Jordan Bowie (Macon, Georgia) and Emma Fleming (Suwanee, Georgia) picked up their first collegiate victory, topping Daria Avram and Vanessa Sanoja of Barton 6-3. The freshman pairs’ luck would run out in round two, falling to Wingate University’s Chyi Lee and Alisa Rudenko 6-3.

The No. 5-seed Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) took a 6-2 win over Hannah Price and Abby Reis of Carson-Newman University. Lopez and Richter move to the round of 16 where Wingate’s Claudia DeAndreis and Michaela Verpelli await.

Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) and Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) came up short in their first pairing, losing to Elena Bompieri and Teresa Dias of USC Aiken, 6-3

Day two action continues in Sumter tomorrow, Sept. 28 with an adjusted schedule due to today’s washout.

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