LAWRENCEVILLE,Ga--- In front of a raucous home crowd, the Georgia Gwinnett College men's tennis team defeated the Savannah College of Art and Design on Friday at the GGC Tennis Facility, 7-2, capturing the first-ever match in school history.
Over 350 fans packed out the Grizzlies' home courts and celebrated the beginning of GGC's first intercollegiate spring sports season with a strong performance.
"It was an incredible atmosphere out there today," GGC head coach Chase Hodges said. "A lot of hard work went into preparing for our opening match and to come out with a 7-2 win over a SCAD team that is receiving votes nationally is a great way to begin our program."
The Grizzlies set the tone in early doubles action. After splitting the first two matches, GGC's number one doubles team of freshmen Erik Moberg and Tony Kostadinov rallied from a 6-2 deficit behind three straight breaks of serve for an 8-6 victory.
The Grizzlies (1-0) distanced themselves from the Bees (0-1) the rest of the way.
Kostadinov tallied a quick 6-0, 6-0 victory while Luke Morland earned a 6-1, 6-1 win that put GGC ahead overall, 4-1. Moberg then took down SCAD's top singles player, Jack Anton, with a 6-0, 6-3 decision to seal the match for GGC. Taylor Hardy added a strong 6-2, 6-1 triumph and Theo Arruda rounded out the wins with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory as the Grizzlies claimed five of the six singles matches.
A fellow NAIA member, the Bees entered the season just outside the national Top 25, receiving votes in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Georgia Gwinnett College president Dr. Daniel Kaufman and Dr. Darin Wilson, GGC's Director of Athletics, kicked off the event that marked another first in GGC history as members of the college's five other teams cheered on.
The men's tennis team has 12 more home matches scheduled for its inaugural campaign. The women's team is scheduled to begin play Feb. 15.