Andersson Clinches #29 GC Upset of #12 Augusta State, 5-3
by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Junior Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) broke Jenner Stevenson to clinch a 7-6, 7-5 victory and secure the No. 29 Georgia College men's tennis squads (9-7, 3-5 PBC) upset bid at No. 12 Augusta State University (14-6, 3-3 PBC) by a score of 5-3 Friday afternoon.
The Bobcats got things going early, taking down two of three doubles matches heading into the singles portion of the day.
At the top doubles spot, No. 9 Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) topped No. 21 Bernardo Fernandes and Henrique Boturao 8-4 in a ranked battle. The first doubles duo for GC improved to 11-5 with the victory.
Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) and Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) also won at the second doubles position, defeating Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes 8-4. Franks and Konyves are now over .500 at 8-7 as a duo.
GC fell short at the final doubles spot, as the tandem of Andersson and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) were outdueled 8-4 by Stevenson and Jan Labas.
The Jaguars also went on to win at the top singles spot, where No. 31 Fernandes upset No. 24 Leborgne 7-6, 6-2.
Konyves was also tackled at the fourth singles position by Labas with a score of 6-3, 6-1, but that proved to be all the Jaguars would manage on the 'Cats.
At the second singles position, Wadstein won an easy two-setter with Boturao 6-1, 6-3, unlike the brutal three-set win from Bernardes at the third spot. The Brazilian dropped his opening set with Cabellos 6-3 before running off 6-2, 6-0 sets for the victory. Both GC men are now 11-5 in singles play.
That set the stage for Andersson, who managed to break Stevenson at the sixth seed en route to the 7-6, 7-5 win, effectively clinching the Bobcats team victory over the Jaguars. Andersson is now 6-1 as a singles competitor, including four in a row.
The win puts Georgia College in excellent position to clinch a berth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament. GC is now 3-5 in league play, good for seventh in the PBC standings, behind 3-4 North Georgia.
The 'Cats will travel to No. 33 USC Aiken tomorrow for their PBC season finale beginning at 11 a.m.
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