#19 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Conquers #32 Francis Marion, 6-3

#19 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Conquers #32 Francis Marion, 6-3

By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant

FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 19 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (17-5, 7-2 PBC) stretched its winning streak to four Sunday, picking up a key victory in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action against No. 32 Francis Marion University (14-3, 5-2), 6-3.

The Bobcat women claimed an early 2-1 lead, earning wins in two of the three doubles contests against the Patriots.

In the second slot, Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) and Camille Clausse-Pujo (Powder Springs, Georgia) blitzed Mona Piller and Anilu Barraza Araiza, 8-3; while Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee, Georgia) and Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) held on to defeat Eva Lieben and Anna Wintrich 9-8 (7-2) in the third.

The lone doubles loss came in the first slot, as Samantha Koelliker and Marie Krueger got the better of Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Katie Krupp (Evans, Georgia), 8-3.

Koelliker evened things up at 2-all with a 6-1, 6-3 second slot win over Macy Polk but Clausse-Pujo regained the Bobcat lead by suppressing Krueger 6-2, 6-4 in the first. From there, the Georgia College women kept their foot on the gas, winning all but one of the remaining contests.

Kelly battled back after dropping the first set to Lieben in the third slot. The Bobcat sophomore remained tough, winning the second and third sets to take the 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 match victory. Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) fell in the fourth slot 6-2, 2-6, 3-6 to Sofia Henning to bring the overall team score to 4-3.

Krupp and Serdinia sealed the win and closed out the day with hard-earned wins in the fifth and sixth slots. Krupp beat Wintrich 6-4 in straight sets and Serdinia endured a tiebreak with Barraza Araiza to take the final victory, 7-5, 5-7, 10-6.

The Georgia College win snaps the Patriots' 11-match win streak and hands FMU their first home loss of the season. The Bobcat team will return to action Saturday, April 9 when they host No. 50 USC Aiken in the last PBC action of the regular season. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

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