by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 12 Georgia College men's tennis team (5-1, 1-1 PBC) suffered their first loss overall and their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) loss of the season to the No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic Pirates (3-0, 1-0 PBC).
The Pirates powered to a 3-0 lead after the doubles competition. Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) fell to No. 1 Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja, 8-2. Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) were toppled by No. 8 Eudaldo Bonet and Daniel Regan, 8-3. Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany) and Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) were defeated by No. 20 Matus Mydla and Pedro Scocuglia, 8-4.
In singles action, Wadstein lost to No. 2 Bonet in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. No. 16 Leborgne lost his fourth match of the season to No. 4 Irdoja in GC's closest match of the day, 7-5, 6-3. In third singles No. 13 Array downed Bernardes, 6-1, 6-2.
Rausch suffered his first loss of the season to No. 21 Daniel Regan, 6-3, 6-3. Franks played in the five spot losing to No. 30 Mydla, 6-1, 6-1. Wictor Andersson (Helsinborg, Sweden) fought hard, but eventually fell to Scocuglia, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
The Bobcats play their next match Friday, hosting No. 19 Augusta State University Friday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
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