MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men’s tennis team got out to a solid start in the Windstream Men’s Fall Championships at the Centennial Center Tennis Complex Friday. The Bobcats picked up four singles wins and four doubles victories in day one of round-robin action against netters from ABAC, Augusta State University and Lander University.
“I thought we did alright out there for the first tournament of the fall,” said head coach Steve Barsby . “I give them a B-minus or C-plus. There are a lot of things to work on, but that’s what the fall season is for.”
In Group #1, Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) lost the only singles bout of the day for GC in a three-set marathon to Hernan Hatem of ABAC 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Group #3 action saw Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) beat Trutz Henssen of ABAC 6-0, 6-2.
In Group #4, junior Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) handled his match in three sets, going 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 over Taylor Hardy of ABAC. Group #5 featured a Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) win over ABAC’s Braden Anglin 6-1, 6-1. Junior Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) also added a singles victory for the Bobcat men, winning easily 6-2, 6-1 over Elisa Abraho of ABAC in Group #7.
It was more of the same in doubles action as GC dominated the competition, going 4-1 amongst their various pairings. In Group #1 Jerome Leborgne (Coordimache, France) and Wadstein won with ease at 8-2 against Lander’s Samuel Poutignat and Max Desmars. The Bobcat pair also dispensed of ABAC’s Hatem and Henssen 8-3.
In Group #2 Franks and Konyves took the lone GC loss in doubles, falling in a 9-8 thriller to Gary Bertoldo and Ross Armstrong of Lander. Bernardes and sophomore Mario Cardenas (Kennesaw, Ga.) picked up a pair of Group #3 wins, beating Thomas Flowers and Anglin of ABAC 8-4 and their Stallion teammates Hardy and Abrahao 8-3.
The men will look to continue their success from day one of the tournament when they take the courts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
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