by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 14 Georgia College men's tennis squad (2-3) fell to No. 2 Barry University (9-1) by a score of 6-3 Friday afternoon at the Armstrong Tennis Facility, despite a multitude of strong performances.
The Bobcats got off to a hot start as the No. 1 tandem of Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) picked up an 8-6 victory over Daniel Schmidt and Francisco Sigaud.
Unfortunately, GC wasn't able to capitalize dropping their other pair of doubles matches.
Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas took down Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) and Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) 8-4 at the No. 2 slot, while the duo of Wictor Andersson (Karlkoga, Sweden) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) fell 8-3 against Ollie Lemaitre and Romain Costamanga.
In singles action, Wadstein picked up a win for the Bobcats in the No. 2 spot as he defeated Fabian Groetsch 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Meanwhile, Bernardes won in a thrilling tiebreaker 4-6, 6-2, 10-9 over Kevin Sielmann at the No. 3 position.
No. 13 Leborgne gave a valiant effort against No. 8 Mokrzycki, falling just short in a 7-6, 6-4 defeat at No. 1.
Konyves also put up a fight in his No. 4 singles match pushing Costamanga to the brink in a 7-6, 7-5 loss. Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) also came up short in his match 7-5, 7-5 against Vivas at No. 5.
Lemaitre rounded out the scoring for the Bucs, defeating Franks 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the match.
Georgia College looks to rebound Wednesday, March 7 when they host the Bulldogs of Wingate University at 3 p.m.
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