#29 GC Men Oust #33 USC Aiken 6-0, Clinch Berth in PBC Tourney
by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
AIKEN, S.C. – The No. 29 Georgia College men's tennis squad (10-7, 4-5 PBC) won its third-consecutive Peach Belt Conference (PBC) match Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 33 USC Aiken (8-7, 1-7 PBC) 6-0. The victory clinches a spot in the PBC Tournament for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats quickly swept through the doubles portion of the match, picking up wins at each spot to take the overwhelming lead heading to singles.
The top duo of No. 9 Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helisngborg, Sweden) battled to a 9-7 win over No. 24 Patrick Stiebinger and Nathan Berlyn. The win gives the nationally-ranked pair a 12-5 record for the year.
At the second doubles position Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) and Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) were in control throughout an 8-5 victory over Bruno Orlandini and Harrison Silvy. The win improves the duo to 7-7 on the season.
Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) and Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had a tough match at the final doubles slot, but prevailed 9-8 against Lucas Gobbi and Guilherme Destefani. Andersson and Bernardes extended their win streak to five, giving them a 12-5 overall record on the year.
No. 24 Leborgne was forced to put together a comeback in his top singles match against Destefani, defeating the Pacer 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
At the second singles position, Wadstein would pick up the victory for the 'Cats in much easier fashion topping Stiebinger in straight-sets 6-4, 6-4.
The match-clinching victory came from Bernardes at the third slot, downing Orlandini 7-6, 6-0.
GC has one match left on the schedule, a non-conference bout at No. 5 Valdosta State University Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m.
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