by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
ANDERSON, S.C. – The No. 15 Georgia College men's tennis team (14-6) went up to South Carolina Friday defeating the Anderson University Trojans (8-7) in convincing fashion, 7-2.
The Bobcats found themselves up after a pair of close matches in doubles, 3-0. Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) and Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) played out of the first spot edging out Loic Ambroise and Daniel Gonzalez, 9-7. The Bobcat duo moves to 13-6 on the season. Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) teamed up against Anderson's Ilya Zakharov and Deni Mehagic, defeating the pair in a tie-breaker 9-8.
Leborgne started things off in singles action for the Bobcats but fell to Atema in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. Wadstein got GC's first singles win of the afternoon, downing Zakharov, 6-3, 6-4. Rausch had a hard time pulling away from Mehagic and eventually lost his bout, 6-4, 7-5.
After dropping the first set 6-4, Bernardes rebounded against Gonzalez to defeat him, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Franks downed Halbauer in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 and Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) finished off the day for the Bobcats defeating Ambroise, 6-3, 7-5. Andersson's win gives him the lead for most victories on the team with 13.
Up next, the GC men come back to the friendly confines of the Centennial Center Tennis Facility where they will face off against Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Flagler College Monday, April 11 at 2 p.m.
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