by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The No. 18 Georgia College men's tennis team (9-4) looked impressive against Davis & Elkins College (5-3) Sunday, winning 8-1. The Bobcats dropped their final singles match and lost the shutout.
The third doubles team of freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) and sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) got things started with an 8-1 win against William Hill and Jonathan Gainer. Sophomore Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and freshman Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) padded the Bobcat lead to 2-0, winning at second doubles against Thomas Judd and Vincent Harmon 8-3.
The Southeast Region's No. 5 doubles team of sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) had the toughest of the doubles matches on the day. The Bobcat pair beat Charles Brunel and Simon Meriau 8-6, to take a 3-0 lead into singles play. The Bobcat pair improves to 10-3 on the season.
Kinsler finished first in singles play with a double shutout over Gainer in the last singles spot. Powell next clinched the Bobcat win with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hill; giving the Bobcats their fifth and decisive point at fifth singles.
Waern, Campus and Hass then upped Georgia College's lead to 7-0, respectively. Waern beat Meriau with a pair of 6-3 sets at third singles, while Campus bested Judd with a pair of 6-2 sets. Hass defeated Harmon at first singles 6-3, 6-2.
The Bobcats suffered their only loss in three sets while going for the shutout. Schubert dropped a close first set 7-6, but came back to take the second 6-2 before dropping the third 10-5 at second singles.
Hass, Campus, Waern and Kinsler are all tied for the team lead in singles victories with 10.
The men's tennis team next hosts No. 23 University of West Alabama Friday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Tennis Center Facility.
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