MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The #49 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (9-3, 4-0 PBC) extended their Peach Belt Conference unbeaten run to four matches Sunday, edging Francis Marion University (11-5, 1-3 PBC) 4-3 at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
The opening team point came down to the result of the third slot, as the Bobcats took top-flight doubles but were downed at number two.
Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and Emma Fleming (Suwanee) set the pace with a tough 6-4 win in their bout versus Fredrika Regner and Elisa Lang in first doubles but Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) were outdueled 6-2 by Lesshika Vala and Magan Head in the second. With the point on the line, Paula Garriga (Centelles, Spain) and Irina Berklich (Atlanta) delivered for the Bobcats, powering by Eva Zannier and Denise Hartmann, 7-5.
In singles, Lopez doubled the Georgia College lead, picking up her team-leading tenth match win of the season by dominating Hartmann 6-2, 6-0 in the second slot. However, Regner put Francis Marion on the board with a win in first singles, downing Richter 6-4, 6-3.
The next two matches to finish sealed the win for the Bobcats, with Yatribi and Fleming cruised to victory. Yatribi controlled Lang 6-4, 6-2, while Fleming picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win against Zannier. Yatribi's singles victory places her one shy of double-digits, now with a 9-3 record on the season.
With the match decided at 4-1, the Patriots battled to claim the final two contests of the day. Garriga was defeated 6-1, 6-4 by Berger and Berklich dropped the match 6-4, 6-1 versus Vala.
With the win, the Bobcat women have won seven of their last eight matches and stand an impressive 7-0 at home. They return to action Thursday March 28, travelling to Newberry College for non-conference action. First serve will begin at 3 p.m.
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