by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
WINGATE, N.C. – The No. 12 Georgia College men's tennis team (4-0, 1-0 PBC) played its closest match of this young season, defeating Wingate University (1-2), 5-4 to remain undefeated.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the doubles competition. Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) toppled Andrew Owen and Flavio Rathsam, 8-2. Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) downed Matthew Lichtenstein and Braeden Patchell, 8-3. Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany) and Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) defeated Fernando Montemurro and Ryan Forbes, 8-5.
The Bobcats' were shocked as Wingate came out on fire winning two of the top three singles matches. No. 16 Leborgne dropped to Lichtenstein in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. In second singles, Wadstein toppled Owen, 6-2, 6-2, then Bernardes lost to Rathsam, 6-1, 6-2, playing in the third singles slot.
Rausch followed with a strong effort defeating Patchell, 6-1, 6-1. Franks played in the four spot but dropped his first match of the season to Montemurro,7-6, 6-4. Mario Cardenas (Kennesaw, Ga.) was defeated by Forbes, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0.
GC has now won six-straight regular season matches.
The Bobcats play their next match at SCAD Friday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
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