#9 Bobcat Men Claw Past #12 Panthers, 6-3
by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 9 Georgia College men's tennis team (10-5) faced off in a heated battle against the No. 12 Drury University (5-2) Panthers Thursday, with the Bobcats getting the better of that deal, 6-3.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead, 2-1. Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) got GC started off on the right foot, downing Andy Blair and Sergio Manzanas, 8-5. In third doubles action, Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany) and Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) won their bout, dominating Jandul Reyes and Carlos Salazar, 8-4. Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) finished last but suffered GC's first loss to Roman Gonda and Lukas Kriem, 8-4. Leborgne and Wadstein improved to 9-6 on the season.
Unfortunately Wadstein suffered a heel injury and was not able to participate in the singles portion but GC would continue to dominate, winning singles 4-2. No. 16 Leborgne beat out No. 42 Blair, 7-6, 6-3 but Rausch fell playing in the No. 2 slot to Gonda, 7-6, 6-3. Bernardes stepped up huge for the Bobcats winning his match in three sets and clinching the day against Manzanas, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Franks played a hard-fought battle edging out Drury's Castelao, 6-3, 7-6 in fourth singles. Playing in the fifth slot for the first time this season, Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) exercised all parts of his game, winning in a marathon over Kriem, 5-7, 7-6, 10-7. Angelucci got off to a quick 6-1 start playing in the six spot but eventually fell to Reyes, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2. Leborgne, Rausch and Andersson are now tied for the team's singles wins lead at nine.
The Bobcats will have the day off tomorrow at the White Sands Invitational to enjoy the white beaches of Pensacola, Fla. but then it is back to work on Saturday, March 26 against Delta State University at 10 a.m.
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