#19 Georgia College Women’s Tennis’ Tournament Run Ends in PBC Semifinals

#19 Georgia College Women’s Tennis’ Tournament Run Ends in PBC Semifinals
FLORENCE, S.C. – No. 19 Georgia College Women's Tennis (20-7) saw their championship run come up short in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Semifinal round Saturday at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center. After securing a 5-3 Quarterfinal victory over host-school Francis Marion University, the Bobcat team fell to Armstrong State University in the Semifinals, 5-0.

The Bobcat women never trailed, battling past No. 5-seeded FMU and garnering a 2-1 lead after doubles before edging out the Patriots in singles play. 

Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) and Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bordeaux, France) got the Bobcats out on the right foot early, cruising past Mona Pille and Anilu Barraza Araiza in second-slot doubles, 8-2. The pairing of Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) and Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee, Georgia) extended the Georgia College lead with a win of their own in the third slot, outpacing Eva Lieben and Anna Wintrich, 8-6. The lone doubles point for FMU came in the first slot, as Marie Krueger and Samantha Koelliker defeated Katie Krupp (Evans, Georgia) and Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) by the same score of 8-6.

The teams then traded blows as the Patriots pulled even when Koelliker defeated Macy Polk in second-slot singles, 7-5, 6-0. The Bobcat women responded with a hard-fought win in the fifth slot, as Krupp outdueled Araiza, 6-4, 6-1. However, FMU pulled closer yet again with a victory in the third slot. Lieben defeated Kelly, 6-4, 7-5.

Although tested, the Bobcats picked up wins in the first and sixth slots to secure the match-clinching fifth point and advance to the next round of the tournament. Clausse-Pujo overcame Kruger in the first slot, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2 and Serdinia powered past Wintrich 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 in the sixth.

In the Semifinal round, Georgia College matched up with defending champion and top-seeded Armstrong State. Trailing 3-0 after doubles, the deficit proved to be too much to overcome. The Bobcat women fell 5-0, bouncing them out of the PBC Tournament.

The team will now await the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional Tournament Selection Show on May 3rd to find out where their season will go moving forward.

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