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#14 Georgia College takes 7-2 triumph over Wingate Wednesday evening
Wednesday, 03/07/2012

Milledgeville, Ga.----The number 14 Georgia College men’s tennis team swept the doubles and built an insurmountable lead Wednesday, earning a 7-2 NCAA Division II victory over Wingate University at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility on the GC campus. Nationally-ranked singles and doubles player Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) was one of three Bobcats who won two matches each Wednesday.

Georgia College evens its 2012 slate at 3-3 overall, while Wingate slips to 6-4 overall. The Bulldogs have lost three matches to nationally-ranked teams from Georgia and the Peach Belt Conference (Augusta State, Columbus State and Georgia College). Wingate’s other setback was a road loss at NCAA Division I Davidson. The Bulldogs return to action Friday, hosted Coker College at 11 a.m.

The number 13 player on the NCAA Division II singles charts, Leborgne outlasted Wingate senior Flavio Rathsam (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 7-6 (3) in the first set at the number one singles flight. Leborgne took the second stanza 6-0. Earlier in the day, he teamed with junior Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) to defeat Rathsam and sophomore Ryan Forbes (Charlotte, N.C.) 8-3 in the number one doubles match. The Bobcat duo is ranked 14th nationally in doubles.

Wingate earned two singles victories. Senior Drew Owen (Kitchener, Ontario) defeated Wadstein 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 at the number two singles flight. Owen won the super tie-breaker (in lieu of the third set) 10-7 to take the team point. Bulldog freshman Neal Towlson (Warwick, Bermuda) defeated GC junior Kasper Konyves (Helsingborg, Sweden) 6-2, 6-4 in the number four singles contest.

Towlson and classmate Josh Eardley (Newcastle, Staffordshire, England) lost a tight 8-6 match to Konyves and Bobcat junior Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.) at the number two doubles flight. Georgia College won the number three doubles match by an 8-4 margin.

NCAA Division II men’s tennis box score
#14 Georgia College 7, Wingate 2 (at Milledgeville, Ga.)

Singles
#13 Jerome Leborgne (GC) def. Flavio Rathsam (WIN) 7-6 (3), 6-0
Drew Owen (WIN) def. Johan Wadstein (GC) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7)
Leo Bernardes (GC) def. Diego Martinez (WIN) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
Neal Towlson (WIN) def. Kasper Konyves (GC) 6-2, 6-4
Alexander Schubert (GC) def. Ryan Forbes (WIN) 6-2, 6-0
Tyler Franks (GC) def. Josh Eardley (WIN) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles
#14 Leborgne/Wadstein (GC) def. Rathsam/Forbes (WIN) 8-3
Franks/Konyves (GC) def. Towlson/Eardley (WIN) 8-6
Bernardes/Wictor Andersson (GC) def. Owen/Martinez (WIN) 8-4

Records: Georgia College 3-3 (#14 nat’l), Wingate 6-4
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