#19 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Dominates #50 USC Aiken 8-1 on Senior Day

#19 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Dominates #50 USC Aiken 8-1 on Senior Day

By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant 

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 19 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (18-5, 8-2 PBC) extended its win streak to four Saturday, as they defeated No. 50 USC Aiken (12-6, 4-5 PBC) 8-1 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action on Senior Day at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. 

The Bobcat women swept through doubles action, picking up wins in all three slots. 

Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bordeaux, France) and Macy Polk (Powder Springs) blanked Marie Habiyaremye and Sarah Bernos in the second slot, failing to surrender a single point en route to an 8-0 victory. Following up in the first and third slots were a pair of 8-2 victories. Katie Krupp (Evans) and Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) teamed up to defeat Nadine Tusiama and Olivera Veskovac in the first, while Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee) and Emma Niemi (Cumming) out-matched Kayla Calvert and Victoria Giannaccini in the third.  

Singles featured much of the same dominance, as the Georgia College team took five out of the six contests.

Kelly got the ball rolling with an impressive win in the third slot, fighting off resistance from Calvert to take the 7-6, 6-4 result. Clausse-Pujo followed up with a comeback win over No. 29 Tusiama in the first slot. After dropping a close first set, 7-5, the Bobcat senior battled back to take the second and third sets 6-4, 6-0 to secure the individual and team victory with the match-clinching fifth point.  

Serdinia, Krupp and Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs) each fought for wins of their own. In the sixth slot, Serdinia got the better of Bernos in a 6-2, 6-4 win, Krupp dominated Habiyaremye 6-0, 6-1 in the fifth slot and Cristalei Polk endured a 1-6, 7-5, 10-8 tiebreak versus Giannaccini in the fourth slot to pick up the eighth point for the Bobcats.

The lone loss of the day came in third-slot singles action, when Macy Polk fell in a close match to Veskovac, 6-4 in straight sets. 

Three Georgia College women played the last home contest of their careers:

Cristalei Polk has played in three seasons for the Bobcats, and will be graduating a year early. In her career, she owns 58 career singles wins, including 17 this season, and 34 career victories in doubles action for a total of 92 career wins

Clausse-Pujo has also played in three seasons for the Bobcats. In her career, she owns 38 career singles wins, including 15 this season, and 39 career victories in doubles action for a total of 77 career wins.

Krupp has played in four seasons for the Bobcats. In her career, she owns 58 career singles wins, including 10 this season, and 70 career victories in doubles action for a total of 128 career wins.

The Georgia College women will return to the courts Friday, April 15 for more PBC action when they take on No. 8 Columbus State University on the road. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

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