Upset-Minded #18 GC Men’s Tennis Falls to #12 West Alabama, 5-2

Junior Robin Moller
Junior Robin Moller

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 18 Georgia College Men's Tennis team (8-3) ran into trouble in singles, dropping a 5-2 bout to No. 12 University of West Alabama (10-2) Wednesday at the University of West Florida.

The Bobcats took the doubles point with wins in the first and second slots.

First doubles finished first, as juniors Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) and Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) beat the No. 24 team of Julius Kaverinen and Linus Holthey. Third doubles finished next, a loss for junior Nathan Connelly (McDonough, Georgia) and sophomore Enzo Kohn (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) to Erik Nordblom and Noah Johansen, 6-4.

Senior Jannik Kumbier (Neumunster, Germany) and sophomore Noah Wallace (Grayson, Georgia) pulled off the deciding win, a 7-6 battle over Henrik Sinkko and Ilari Vesanen.

Singles began with a loss in the second slot, where Rogel fell to No. 72 Vesanen 6-3, 6-1. In first singles, No. 6 Moller put the Bobcats back in front with a 6-3, 6-1 effort against Kaverinen. Moller improved to 10-0 in singles action, but the point would be GC's last of the match.  

In the fifth slot, freshman Ben McClurg (Belfast, Northern Ireland) lost to Nordblom 6-1, 6-2. Then came a loss for Wallace on the fourth line to Holthey, 6-4, 7-5. Johansen won the team bout for the Tigers with a pair of 6-2 sets against junior Cole Heller (Woodstock, Georgia), then Kumbier closed the bout with a 6-3, 7-6 loss to Ilia Dehodiuk.

The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m., taking on No. 9 University of West Florida.

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