MACON, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Tennis team took on a primarily Division I field in the Mercer Gridiron Classic, hosted by Mercer University Friday night. The Bobcats were divided into multiple singles and doubles divisions, all with National Football League titles.
In the "Buccaneers Division" junior Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany) took on Georgia Southern University's Stefano Di Aloy, taking the Division I player to the limit in a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 loss. Senior Pedro Ecenarro (Santiago de Compostella, Spain) also suffered a first-round loss to No. 6-seed JC Alcala of GSU, 7-6, 6-2.
In the "Jets Division" newcomer Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) picked up a win over Kevin Candido of the University of North Georgia, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Moller advances to take on No. 2-seed Ruben Vonoppen of Mercer.
In the "Panthers Division" newcomer Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) got a first-round win over Florida Southern College's Tim Becker, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Kohn will draw No. 3-seed Fernando Guardia of Mercer in round two. Newcomer Colton Phillips (Atlanta) saw his first collegiate action, a loss to Jacob Marshall of Division I University of Chattanooga, 6-3, 6-4.
In the "Raiders Division" newcomer Gabriel Caron (Johns Creek) posted a loss to Chattanooga's Cooper Long in a pair of 6-3 sets. Sophomore Nathan Connelly (McDonough) added a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Andrej Trajkovski of Division I Alabama State University.
Doubles play is split in two divisions, the Bobcats submitting one team in each.
In the "Cowboys Division" Kumbier and Moller beat Nishanth Reballo and Alejandro Prada of Middle Georgia State University 6-3 and then added another 6-3 win over Fermin Calvo Barcelo and Lucas de Torres Curth of Division I Kennesaw State University. The Bobcats' quarterfinal matchup is Felix Ewers and Ignacio Garrido of Division I USC Upstate.
In the "Dolphins Division" Caron and Kohn fell 6-1 to Middle Georgia's Octavio Tamola and Alvaro Conesa. Phillips and Connelly faired a bit better, topping Carlos Sala and Andrew Schwartz of Division I Radford University 6-4 before dropping a 6-4 bout to Shaaz Peerani and Andy Lau of Division I Troy University.
Play continues tomorrow in Macon.
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