Bobcat Men’s Tennis Starts GC Fall Championships

Sophomore Cole Heller
Sophomore Cole Heller

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Tennis team had a great first day of their annual fall tournament the GC Fall Championships, picking up 10 singles victories and three wins in doubles.

The Bobcats have put one in the title match for Group 1, as Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) won twice. The Bobcat junior nearly shut out J.J. Clark of Florida Tech 6-1, 6-0 and followed that up with a pair of 6-1 sets over Ignacio Ascarrunz of Young Harris College. Moller will play Javier Villar of YHC for the bracket title tomorrow. Also in Flight A, Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) beat Antoine Loncle of ABAC 6-2, 2-6, 10-5 and then fell 6-4, 6-1 to Villar. Rogel takes on Ascarrunz for third place.

The Bobcats submitted two to Group 2. Colton Phillips (Woodstock) beat Ferdinand Spickhoff of ABAC 3-6, 7-5, 10-2 and then fell to YHC's Romeo Luque by retirement. Phillips will take on Herman Ronnberg of YHC tomorrow for third place. Noah Wallace (Grayson) was also in the flight, falling to ABAC's Cristobal Quevedo 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 before rebounding with a 6-0, 6-2 win over FIT's Silviu Solomon. Wallace is set to take on Spickhoff tomorrow for fifth place.

In Group 4, Nathan Connelly (McDonough) and Ben McClurg (Belfast, Northern Ireland) represented the Bobcats. McClurg will play for the title tomorrow after two victories today. He started with a third-set tiebreak win over Juan Pino Contoleon of ABAC 4-6, 6-4, 11-9. Then came a convincing 6-4, 6-1 effort over FIT's Jamison Burch. McClurg meets ABAC's Lukas Zavrel tomorrow. Connelly started with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ruben Gonzalez of YHC, but then dropped a 1-6, 6-1, 10-5 bout with Zavrel. Connelly takes on Burch tomorrow for third.

Group 4 is a round-robin, with two more Bobcats entered. Cole Heller (Woodstock) beat Gabriel SA of ABAC 6-2, 3-6, 10-5, and Ben Grunert (Roswell) topped Nathan Blumberg of ABAC 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles play is more round-robin action, as Moller and Rogel teamed for a 6-3 victory over Tjimon Louisy and James Finnigan of FIT. Phillips and McClurg added a 7-5 win over Clark and Burch from FIT as well. To cap the doubles play at 3-0 on day one, Connelly and Heller teamed for a 6-2 win over Solomon and Kevin Taylor from FIT.

Action concludes tomorrow, with play beginning at 9 a.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

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