by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The No. 18 Georgia College men's tennis team (8-4, 2-2 PBC) returned to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action at No. 21 GRU Augusta (11-4, 1-2 PBC) Saturday at the Newman Tennis Center. After six points, the teams were tied at three, but the Jaguars took the final two to win the match.
The Bobcat first doubles pair of sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) were the only Georgia College winners at doubles with a tight 9-8 (7-3) win over Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes.
Sophomore Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and freshman Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) dropped to Romain Ferreria and Romain Brunie 8-4 in second doubles, while the third doubles team of freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) and sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) lost by the same score to Joao Freitas and Maxime Coulomb.
Entering singles play down 2-1, the Bobcats soon found themselves behind the eight ball at 3-1. Waern and Hass each won at third and first singles, respectively, to tie the contest at 3-3. Waern beat Brunie 6-2, 6-0; while Hass won a pair of 6-3 sets prior to Powell losing to Freitas in fifth singles 6-3, 6-0.
The Jags then took a 4-3 lead when Campus was defeated by Guimaraes. It was up to Schubert to bring the Bobcats even in the most competitive and only three-set match of the day. After dropping the first set 6-3, Schubert stormed back to take the second set 6-2. The lone senior on the squad ran out of gas in the third set 6-2, which clinched the contest for GRU Augusta.
Only Hass won at both singles and doubles as the men's tennis team travels to Hilton Head, S.C. Sunday, March 23 to take on Davis and Elkins College in a non-conference match starting at 9 a.m.
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