MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The #13 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (5-2, 1-2 PBC) fell to the University of North Georgia (7-1, 2-0 PBC) in a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup Thursday afternoon in Dahlonega, 5-2.
North Georgia started quickly, taking both required doubles matches from the Bobcat pairings.
In first singles, Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Saurtron, France) were bested by Niklas Zielen and Jess Jones, 6-1. Ryan Gaskin and Hugues Renaud secured the first team point with a victory over Nathan Connelly (McDonough) and Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 6-0 in the third slot.
The lone wins for the day came in singles, as Georgia College won matches in the first and fifth slots.
In top flight singles, Moeller continued his dominant run, dominating Jones 6-2, 6-2. Cole Heller (Woodstock) picked up a win versus Tim Kiehl with a 6-2, 6-4 performance in fifth singles.
Despite the Bobcats' fight, the Nighthawks picked up narrow victories in four of the six singles contests to secure the upset.
In third singles, Gaskin downed Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany) 7-5, 6-4. Each of the remaining three matches needed a third set to find a winner.
Noah Wallace (Grayson) lost his first singles contest of the year, falling to Renaud 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Kohn fell to Jared Bones 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 and Zielen outlasted Rogel 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-3 to end the day.
Before resuming PBC action, the Bobcat men face a stretch of five non-conference contests. Their next matchup is a duel with Concord University, Tuesday, March 12 at the Centennial Center tennis Facility. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m.
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