#39 GC Women’s Tennis Falls at #41 USC Aiken, 4-3

Sophomore Kim Yatribi
Sophomore Kim Yatribi

AIKEN, S.C. – In a hard-fought road contest, the No. 39 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (12-5, 5-2 PBC) was upended at No. 41 USC Aiken (13-2, 5-2 PBC) 4-3 Thursday.

The Bobcats lost the doubles point, but picked up a win in the third slot.

In third doubles, senior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) and sophomore Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) teamed for a 6-2 win over Karina Blas and Edith Croda. The Bobcat duo is 4-1 now this season.

On the top line, senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee, Georgia) lost to Elena Bompieri and Teresa Franco Dias 6-3. For second doubles, it was a 6-2 loss for sophomore Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and freshman Jordan Bowie (Macon, Georgia) to Victoria Giannaccini and Alice Neves.

Lopez got singles play started off on the right foot, buzzing through Giannaccini 6-0, 6-3. Lopez is a team-best 14-2. Next came a 6-2, 6-3 win for Yatribi over Dias in the third slot for a 2-1 Bobcat lead. Yatribi is now 13-4 this season. The Pacers evened it out with a win in a ranked battle at first singles, where No. 67 Bompieri edged No. 59 Richter 6-4, 7-6.

Fleming put the Bobcats back in front 3-2, improving her singles mark to 11-6 with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the fourth slot over Dias. The Pacers then took the next two points to clinch the team win. In the fifth slot, Blas topped Garriga 6-2, 6-7, 6-0 to knot the match 3-3. Everything came down to sixth singles, and Bowie didn't go down without a fight, as Rebekka Heigermoser needed three sets to beat the freshman 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

The loss drops GC to 5-2 in PBC play, and stands tied for fourth in the league standings. The Bobcats have two conference matches remaining, and have already clinched a PBC Playoff spot.

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, April 7 at 10 a.m., traveling to No. 25 Flagler College (12-5, 5-1 PBC). The Saints most recently won 4-1 at No. 46 Embry-Riddle University Wednesday.

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