Bobcat Women’s Tennis Upsets #17 Northeastern State, 4-3

Senior Valeria Lopez
Senior Valeria Lopez

PENSACOLA, Fla. – In a thriller that came down to the final singles point, the Georgia College Women's Tennis team (8-2) upset No. 17 Northeastern State University (2-4) 4-3 Tuesday morning in Florida.

The Bobcats dropped the doubles point, winning in the third slot but falling at Nos. 1 and 2.

The freshman duo of Irina Berklich (Atlanta, Georgia) and Jordan Bowie (Macon, Georgia) finished their bout first, topping Melissa Vera and Emma Warnock 6-2. Berklich and Bowie are 3-1 this season.

The final two matches were both lost by 6-4 scores. Senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee, Georgia) lost to Tatjana Stoll and Betka Gombarova in the first slot. Then, the RiverHawks took the doubles point when sophomores Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) lost to Kristela Vidnere and Karla Tomaic.

The first singles result went to the Bobcats, evening the team score 1-1. Bowie made short work of Warnock in the sixth line 6-1, 6-3. Next came a loss for Richter to No. 33 Stoll in the first slot, 6-3, 6-2. The Bobcats once again drew even at 2-2 after senior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) beat Vera in fifth singles in a pair of 6-3 sets.

Yatribi gave the Bobcats their first lead with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Vidnere in third singles, but it was short-lived, as the match drew to 3-3 when Fleming dropped a 6-1, 7-6 decision to Tomaic. With everything on the line, the senior Lopez came through.

Taking on Gombarova in second singles, Lopez took a hard-fought 7-5 first set. The NSU player forced a third set by taking the second one 6-4. Back against the wall, Lopez won her team-high eighth singles match of the year, taking the 6-4 deciding set.

GC Women's Tennis has now won six in a row, having not dropped a match in March.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. eastern, taking on No. 8 University of West Florida.

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