#13 GC Men’s Tennis Upset Bid Falls Short to #8 Lander, 5-2

Sophomore Noah Wallace
Sophomore Noah Wallace

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Taking on the No. 8 team in the nation for the second time this season, the No. 13 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (4-1, 1-1 PBC) didn't fare as well as the first time, falling 5-2 to No. 8 Lander University (5-1, 1-0 PBC) Tuesday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

The Bearcats got the doubles point, but not without a fight. Wins came for Lander in the first and third slots. Axel Cronje and Adam Elliget handed Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) their first loss of the young season by a 6-3 score. In third doubles, the new pairing of Nathan Connelly (McDonough) and Cole Heller (Woodstock) dropped a 6-1 match to Ozan Cildir and Omar El-Moslemany.

With the point already decided, Jannik Kumbier (Neumunster, Germany) and Noah Wallace (Grayson) teamed for a 7-5 hard-fought victory over Tommaso Rossin and Gabriel Couto. Kumbier and Wallace are 4-1 this year.

Singles results started in the fourth slot, where Ben McClurg (Belfast, Northern Ireland) lost to Rossin 6-0, 6-0. The Bearcats then moved to 3-0 after Heller fell to El-Moslemany 6-2, 6-4. Wallace did his best to get GC going with his second win of the day, dropping Philippe Courteau with a pair of 6-3 sets in third singles. The Bobcat sophomore moves to 5-0 this season.

Connelly went three against Aly Zaghloul in the sixth slot, losing 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to decide the team victory for Lander. The Bobcats split the final two matches, with Moller improving to 5-0 in beating Cronje in a come-from-behind 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 matchup. To close the day, Rogel nearly took down his first ranked opponent of the year, instead losing his first singles match of the spring 4-6, 7-6, 10-5 to No. 17 Cildir, a 2018 All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) selection.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m., taking on Lincoln Memorial University in non-conference action.

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