#15 Bobcat Men Shut Out by #13 Columbus State, 9-0

#15 Bobcat Men Shut Out by #13 Columbus State, 9-0

by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ga. The No. 15 Georgia College men's tennis team (13-6, 4-4 PBC) could not keep their winning streak alive Sunday afternoon, dropping a match at No. 13 Columbus State University (11-3, 4-2 PBC), 9-0. The shutout loss snaps a four-match win streak, and is the first shutout loss since falling to Armstrong Atlantic Feb. 20.

The Bobcats found themselves in a quick 3-0 hole after doubles. With the absence of Leo Bernardes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the Bobcats decided to mix it up in doubles. Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) played out of the No. 1 spot, losing to No. 12 Christophe Noblet and Gordan Divljak, 8-5. Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Robert Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.) played in the second spot for the first time this season, losing to No. 22 Martin Shishkov and Filip Cojbasic, 9-8.

In third doubles action, Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany) and Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) lost a heartbreaker to Hendrik Paetzel and Andre Mordhorst, 9-8.

Singles action did not get any more promising for the Bobcats. No. 52 Noblet ran past Jerome Leborgne, 6-1, 6-0 snapping his winning streak of six games. Divljak defeated Wadstein in a three set marathon, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. After winning the first set 6-3, Rausch eventually fell in three sets to Mordhorst, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Franks fell to Shishkov, 6-1, 6-3 and Andersson was edged out by Olivier Simonet, 6-4, 7-5. Angelucci played out of the sixth spot and lost his bout to Danilo Sardelli, 6-4, 6-2.

Up next, the GC men travel to Anderson University Friday, April 8 for a 2 p.m. start.

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