By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 19 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (14-5) handed No. 28 Concordia University (N.Y.) (10-1) their first loss of the season Friday in the final game of the White Sands Tournament hosted at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex in Pensacola. The Bobcat women earned a hard-fought 5-4 victory and have now worked their way to a 10-1 record in the month of March.
Victories in two of the three doubles contests allowed Georgia College to secure a lead that they did not surrender.
In second-slot doubles, Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bordeaux, France) and Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) were at the top of their game, as they failed to surrender a single point to Costanza Mecchi and Stefanie Canals-Baker in a dominant 8-0 win. Katie Krupp (Evans, Georgia) and Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) also picked up a win in their second-slot matchup with Antonia Conze and Valeriia Cheban, 8-6.
The third-slot proved to be the lone doubles fault for the Bobcats, as Linda Eliasson and Kaja Tegtmeier got the better of Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) and Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee, Georgia), claiming the 8-2 result.
Leading 2-1, the Georgia College women needed just three wins to lock up the overall match victory.
Macy Polk raced to obtain the first of the trio of needed wins, triumphing with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 score over Conze in the second slot. However, Concordia fought to keep the match alive, notching a win in the fifth slot, as Krupp fell to Tegtmeier, 6-3, 6-3.
Though the Clippers kept creeping closer, Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) extended the Bobcat lead to 4-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 result of her own against Cheban in the fourth slot and Clausse-Pujo achieved the match clinching win in the first slot, toughing out a three-set contest with Mecchi, 6-0, 2-6, 7-5.
Kelly and Niemi each dropped their contests to bring the final score to 5-4 in favor of Georgia College. Kelly was defeated in the third slot 7-5, 6-2 by Eliasson and Niemi lost a sixth-slot contest to Canals, 7-6, 6-1.
With the win, the Bobcats improve to 9-3 in non-conference action and 2-1 in neutral site contests. They will return to the courts Wednesday, March 30 to face Peach Belt Conference opponent Lander University at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m.
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