By Angela Moryan, sports information student assistant
SKILLMAN, N. J. – The Georgia College women's tennis team (15-5, 6-2 PBC) moved into the top-20 nationally ranked teams after an eight-game win streak propelled them into the No. 19 spot.
Previously ranked No. 21 by Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the Bobcats came off a shut-out loss from then-No. 1 Armstrong State University and dominated the next eight games in equal fashion, seven victories coming in front of the home Milledgeville crowd. After the rankings were released, the Bobcats have won three of their four games. No. 6 University of West Florida broke the Bobcats' win streak with a 5-1 victory at the White Sands Tournament.
In addition to landing a top spot in the team rankings, Georgia College ranks fourth in ITA's Southeast region, falling behind fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams Armstrong State, Columbus State University and Flagler College.
The Bobcats also placed three in the top-20 on the regional singles rankings. Senior Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bordeaux, France) took the top spot for the Bobcats, ranking 13th with a 10-6 singles record before the rankings were released. Sophomore Kristen Jones (Marietta, Georgia) came in right underneath Clausee-Pujo at 14th. She had a 4-2 record at the time of the March rankings. Junior Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) also placed 18th on the list.
In the rest of the PBC, Armstrong State dropped three positions on the team rankings to No. 4 while Flagler moved up from No. 16 to No. 10. Columbus State stayed the same at No. 8. No. 32 Francis Marion University also shot up the rankings almost 10 spots. No. 49 Augusta University and No. University of South Carolina Aiken round out the top 50.
Next up for the Bobcats, University of West Alabama heads to Milledgeville as the Bobcats look to extend the win streak Saturday at 10 a.m.
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