#49 GC Women’s Tennis One Shy of Upset at #27 West Florida, 4-3

Senior Valeria Lopez
Senior Valeria Lopez

PENSACOLA, Fla. – For the second-straight match the No. 49 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (8-3) came down to the final singles point, as the Bobcats fell 4-3 at No. 27 University of West Florida (8-6) Wednesday.

The Bobcats took the doubles point with wins in the first and third slots.

The freshman duo of Irina Berklich (Atlanta, Georgia) and Jordan Bowie (Macon, Georgia) finished their bout first, shutting out Valeria Mantilla and Heather Mixon. Berklich and Bowie are 4-1 this season. After sophomores Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) lost to Jennifer Rink and Diana Vlad via shutout, first doubles would decide the team point.

Senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee, Georgia) outlasted Gabriela Araujo and Isabella Calves 6-1 in the first slot. Lopez and Fleming are now 5-1 this season.

The first singles result went to the Bobcats, as Richter won by retirement. Next came a loss for Bowie to Mixon in the sixth slot, 6-0, 6-1. The match drew even at 2-2 when senior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) came up short to Vlad by the same score in fifth singles.

The Bobcats trailed for the first time 3-2 when Yatribi dropped 6-1 and 6-2 sets to Rink in the third slot. Improving to a team-best 9-1 in singles, Lopez then topped Mantilla on the second line 6-3, 6-1 to set up the fourth slot as the deciding bout.

Fleming gave Araujo all she could handle, the Bobcat freshman dropping the bout in two 7-5 sets.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, March 24 at noon, hosting Francis Marion University.

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