by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Georgia College men's tennis team (9-4, 2-2 PBC) has been ranked No. 21 in the 2013-14 Division II Men's National Team Rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Wednesday. Two Bobcat players from Germany also cracked the national rankings, one at singles and doubles, and another at doubles only.
Previously-unranked Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) vaulted into the top-50 at No. 33, and the previously-unranked doubles pairing of Hass and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) also appeared nationally-ranked for the first time at No. 16.
"I'm very proud of Yannick and that his hard work has paid off with his highest national ranking in singles," said Bobcats head tennis coach Steve Barsby. "Yannick and Alex have stepped up big time at No. 1 doubles and hopefully can continue to move up the rankings as we come down the final stretch of our season."
From the time of the last rankings, Haas (10-3) has beaten then-nationally-ranked No. 28 Laurent Galarneau of Ferris State University, and last week became only one of two players to take a set from undefeated nationally-ranked No. 1 Bruno Savi of then-No. 3 University of West Florida. The Argonauts are now ranked No. 1.
The national attention falls on the heels of last week's regional rankings as the pairing of Hass and Schubert (10-3) jettisoned to No. 5 in the Southeast Region Doubles Poll, with the former hitting No. 11 and the latter No. 20 in the individual Southeast rankings.
Four Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams remain ahead of the Bobcats in the national poll. Armstrong Atlantic State University (No. 5), Lander University (No. 7), Columbus State University (No. 14) and USC Aiken (No. 15) are the top-four PBC teams.
The Bobcats are in action Friday afternoon against No. 25 University of West Alabama at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. The remainder of the men's tennis team's schedule pits the Bobcats against nationally-ranked opponents in their final seven regular-season matches with the last six against PBC opponents.
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