SUMTER, S.C. – The Georgia College & State University men’s tennis team was in action Friday night at the ITA Southeast Regional, hosted by Francis Marion University and Palmetto Tennis Center, with first-day action finishing at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Leborgne toppled Francis Marion’s Karl Rogers in the round of 64, by a 6-3, 6-0 score. Cardenas set down Pfeiffer University’s Stephen Tyndel by a pair of 6-3 scores in his round of 64.
Leborgne, the No. 13 seed, faced Felipe Frederich of North Greenville University Saturday. Cardenas draws FMU’s Stefan Ruprecht. Georgia College’s Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) and Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) received first-round byes and started action Saturday. Franks drew Wingate University’s Will Connoly and Angelucci had Jenner Stevenson of Augusta State University.
No. 16 seed Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany), Ruslan Bekoev (Surgut, Russia), Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) all dropped first round matches in the ‘A’ Flight, and continued action in the consolation bracket Saturday.
In doubles action, the Bobcats submitted four teams, with two advancing to the round of 16 before losing. The duo of Franks and Andersson beat Limestone College’s Miguel Lopez Zuniga and Jordan Vicain 8-6, but then lost via shutout to Pedro Scocuglia and Matus Mydla of Armstrong Atlantic.
Leborgne and Rausch also went 1-1, beating Ben Klaas and Lucas Gobbi of USC Aiken 8-3, then lost to No. 7 seed Henrique Boturao and Bernardo Fernandes of ASU 8-5. Bekoev and Bernardes lost 8-2 in the first round for Georgia College. Angelucci teamed with Cardenas for a first-round loss in the ‘B’ Flight.
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