#26 GC Women’s Tennis Beats #30 Flagler, 5-4

Jena Kelly picked up wins in singles and doubles Saturday, the only Bobcat to do so.
Jena Kelly picked up wins in singles and doubles Saturday, the only Bobcat to do so.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Backs against the wall down 4-2, the No. 26 Georgia College women's tennis team (2-0, 2-0 PBC) kept its unblemished record intact with three-straight singles wins and an eventual 5-4 victory over No. 30 Flagler College (0-2, 0-1 PBC).

Action started with a 2-1 hole for the Bobcats after doubles. The second doubles squad of Katie Krupp (Evans, Georgia) and Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) provided the lone doubles point after topping Barbora Sebkova and Thaisa Pereira 8-4.

The other two pairings fell to the Saints by 8-3 scores. Esther Santiago and Mary Jo Nanti beat Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bourdeaux, France) and Kristen Jones (Marietta, Georgia) in the first slot, and Krista Ingrilli and Hanna Goettsching won over Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) and Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) in third doubles. Each of the three doubles pairings for Georgia College now have 1-1 records on the season.

The first singles result came in the first slot, as Sebkova got her revenge for a doubles loss by beating Clausse-Pujo in a pair of 6-4 sets. Macy Polk then got a point back with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 marathon win over Esther Santiago in second singles.

Jones gave Pereira all she could handle at third singles with a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 loss, giving Flagler the 4-2 advantage.

Starting the amazing run was Niemi in fifth singles, taking out Ingrilli in straight-set 6-3s. Kelly brought the match even after a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win in the fourth slot over Nanti, setting the stage for a deciding match in sixth singles.

Sophomore Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) battled to a 7-5 first-set victory, then turned on the gas for a 6-1 second set and a team win. The Polk sisters and Niemi remain undefeated at 2-0 on the young season.

The 2-0 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) start is the best for Bobcat women's tennis since 2011, when Georgia College started 4-0 overall and 2-0 in PBC play.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 14 at noon, traveling to Clayton State University.

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