by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 9 Georgia College men's tennis team (11-5) got their second-straight win, beating the No. 48 Delta State University (1-4) Statesmen at the White Sands Invitational Saturday afternoon, 8-1.
The Bobcats fired first jumping out to a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles. Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) finished first toppling Guillaume Lacour and Sebastien Rajaonary 8-2 in the second spot. Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) finished second for the Bobcats, edging out Josselin Polosse and Florian Mondolini, 8-5. Leborgne and Wadstein reach double-digits as they improve to 10-6 on the season.
Plagued by a heel injury, Wadstein, was not able to participate in the singles portion again but GC would continue to dominate, winning singles 5-1. Angelucci stepped in for the injured Wadstein and played in the six slot dominating Marco Heinzleman, 6-2, 6-2. Bernardes would finish second playing out of the No. 3 position for the second straight day and clinching the match for the 'Cats by beating Garcia, 6-3, 6-4. Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) won the first set with easy 6-0 but snuck by Rajaonary in the second set, 7-5.
After being handled in the first set 6-2, Franks rallied in the second set against Lacour to win 7-6 and force a tie-breaker. He went on to win the match in an 11-9 marathon. No. 16 Leborgne and Rausch both played in third set tie-breakers but both did not have the same result. Leborgne won his match against Polosse, 6-3, 6-7, 13-11 but Rausch dropped his bout to Mondoloni, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8. Andersson and Leborgne are tied for the team lead in wins with 10.
The Bobcats will get back to work tomorrow against No. 47 University of North Alabama Sunday, March 27 at 10 a.m.
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