FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 21 Georgia College men's tennis team (14-6) avenged an earlier season loss to Georgia Regents University Augusta (16-6) by blanking the Jaguars 5-0 when it counted most in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Thursday at the Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center. The Bobcats finished 3-0 at doubles and then took the first two wins at singles with the rest of the slate going unfinished.
The No. 5-seed Bobcats will now advance to take on No. 1-seed Columbus State University (17-5) tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the winner advancing to the championship Saturday at noon. Of the four winners today, only the Bobcats beat a higher-seeded opponent. The top three seeds advanced with the Bobcats, all by either 5-0 or 5-1 scores.
In a ranked battle, the Bobcats top pair, the No. 16 doubles team of sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) were the victors over No. 6 Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes at first doubles 8-1.
Sophomore Taylor Powell (Martinez, Ga.) and freshman Anton Waern (Taby, Sweden) tossed aside Romain Ferreria and Romain Brunie 8-4 at second doubles, while freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) and sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) defeated Maxime Coulomb and Joao Freitas 8-5 in the third spot.
The last time the Bobcats and Jaguars met, only Hass and Waern were able to get wins at singles. This time all the Bobcats would need was two points to clinch the match and they happened to come again from Hass and Waern.
No. 33 Hass upset No. 32 Victor Cabellos 6-4, 6-1. Waern beat Brunie 7-5, 6-3. Both Hass and Waern have the top singles records on the team this season and with today's wins both improved to 15-5.
The Bobcats get the semifinal matchup rolling tomorrow, April 18 at 9 a.m.
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