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SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 22 Georgia College men's tennis team (14-8) got off to a rough start before its rally fell short to No. 23 GRU Augusta (19-6) in NCAA Division II Southeast Regional play at Bacon Park Sunday. The Bobcats came out of the doubles round down 3-0, but took two singles matches before falling 5-2.
The third doubles team of freshman Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) and sophomore Mattia Campus (Concorezzo, Italy) lost 8-4 to Joao Freitas and Maxime Coulomb and gave the Jaguars the first point of the match.
The Bobcat No. 17 doubles pair of sophomore Yannick Hass (Troisdorf, Germany) and senior Alex Schubert (Frankfurt, Germany) came closest to getting the Bobcats on the board before falling 8-6 to No. 16 Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes. The loss put the Bobcats down 3-0 as they entered singles play.
Georgia College won the first singles match to cut the lead to 3-1. Schubert beat Ferreria 6-4, 6-1 at second singles. Waern then lost the most competitive set of the afternoon 7-6 (15-13), before giving way 6-1 to give the Jaguars a 4-1 lead.
No. 22 Hass cut GRU's lead in half by beating Cabellos 7-5, 6-3. Hass' win made it a 4-2 score with three competitive matches going on.
Before the Jaguars clinched it, both Powell and Kinsler were gaining momentum at fifth and sixth singles, respectively. Although both slots will officially go down as unfinished, Kinsler was up 4-1 in a deciding third set while Powell had rallied to a 6-6 second set after dropping a close 7-5 first set.
While Powell and Kinsler rallied, Campus lost a pair of 6-4 sets at the fourth spot to Guimares to end the match at 5-2.
Georgia College's appearance in this year's regionals mark its eighth-consecutive (2007-2014) and 10th in the last 11 years. Those last 10 regional appearances coincided with top-20 final national rankings. During that span, the highest the Bobcats finished a season was at No. 7 (2009). The future looks optimistic with the loss of only one senior after this season.
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