#19 Women’s Tennis Stays Strong as Fourth in Region

Juniors Jena Kelly and Emma Niemi
Juniors Jena Kelly and Emma Niemi

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Georgia College Women's Tennis team (5-4, 3-2 PBC) kept it's top-four spot in the most recent Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Rankings. The powerhouse pair of Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) also snagged a spot on the doubles list.

Kelly and Niemi have maintained strength in the No. 1 doubles spot during the first half of the Bobcats' season this year, losing only three matches of the nine played thus far. Two times, the Bobcats topped schools' nationally-ranked doubles teams. First came No. 50 Young Harris College's Eva Castiglioni and Ana Rodriguez. Kelly and Niemi put a quick stop to the Mountain Lions, winning 8-2. The ladies also beat No. 34 University of North Georgia's No. 1 doubles pair, Kathrin Waidner and Felicia Baratta. The Bobcats came out on top of a close set, 9-7.

Georgia College's best doubles team is also 10th in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) for wins in the No. 1 doubles position.

The Bobcats as a whole have kept their impressive fourth spot in the Southeast region. Only national-No. 1 Armstrong State University, No. 8 Columbus State University and No. 12 Flagler College best the Bobcats.

The ladies are headed to Pensacola, Florida, this weekend for a three-match series in the Florida sun. The first match is Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m. against No. 21 Midwestern State University.

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