COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 19 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (19-6, 9-3 PBC) dropped a tough road contest to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent No. 8 Columbus State University (17-5, 11-1 PBC) Sunday evening at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center, 8-1.
The Bobcat women found themselves in a 3-0 hole after being overtaken in all three doubles slots to start the day.
Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) and Katie Krupp (Evans) were defeated by Camila Tobar and Kirsa Utech 8-1 in the first slot. The second and third slots saw the Georgia College pairings fall 8-4 in each, as Beatriz Leon and Giorgia Vitale beat Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bordeaux, France) and Macy Polk (Powder Springs) while Olivera Tadijin and Rachael Williams overcame Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee) and Emma Niemi (Cumming).
Georgia College fought back in tough singles contests. In the first slot pitted against No. 14 Leon, Clausse-Pujo dropped a close first set 6-4 and battled back with a 6-0 result in the second to force a third before being edged out in a 10-7 tiebreak.
Kelly, playing in the third slot, also flashed signs of heavy resistance, taking the first set down to the wire before coming up short 7-6 to Tadijin. Despite keeping the second close, she dropped the set and the match by way of a 6-4 closeout.
Macy Polk, Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs), and Krupp lost in their respective contests. Macy Polk was outpaced 6-1 in straight sets by No. 36 Tobar, Cristalei Polk fell to Utech 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth and Krupp surrendered the eighth point with a defeat at the hands of Vitale, 6-1, 6-0.
The lone Bobcat win on the day came in the sixth slot, as Serdinia out-dueled Saravinder Pannu in a 6-2, 6-3 result to end the day.
The loss snaps a six-match win streak, bringing the team's road record to 4-4 on the 2016 campaign. This action concludes the Bobcat regular season, as they will now move forward to participate in the PBC Tournament scheduled for April 22 in Florence, South Carolina. With at 9-3 PBC record, the Bobcats have clinched the No. 4-seed and await the bracket release later this week.
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