#39 GC Women’s Tennis Drops Road Match at #25 Flagler, 6-1

Senior Valeria Lopez
Senior Valeria Lopez

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The No. 39 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (12-6, 5-3 PBC) stumbled at No. 25 Flagler College (13-5, 6-1 PBC) Sunday, losing a 6-1 bout.

The Bobcats lost the doubles point, getting swept in all three matches.

In first doubles, senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee, Georgia) lost to Eden Schlagenhauf and Alessandra Traub 6-4. For second doubles, it was a 6-1 loss for sophomore Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and freshman Jordan Bowie (Macon, Georgia) to Anika Nissen and Lixin Wang. The third line was a shutout defeat for senior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) and sophomore Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) to Paloma Martinez and Felicitas Runkel.

Lopez got the lone point of the day with a second singles win, taking down Schlagenhauf 7-5, 6-4. The Bobcat senior is now a team-best 15-2 this season. In first singles, No. 59 Richter was upset by Runkel, 7-6(7-2), 6-3. The third slot also belonged to the Saints, when Yatribi lost to Nissen 6-0, 6-4.

Fourth singles featured a loss for Fleming to Wang 6-4, 6-1, and in fifth singles, Garriga couldn't get past Traub in a 7-6(7-4), 6-4 matchup. Bowie lost in sixth singles to Martinez in a pair of 6-2 sets.

The loss drops GC to 5-3 in PBC play, positioned fifth in the league standings. The Bobcats have one conference match remaining, and will take the No. 5-seed in the upcoming PBC Playoffs.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, April 10 at 3 p.m., traveling to No. 14 University of North Georgia (15-3, 5-1 PBC). The Nighthawks most recently won 7-0 at home against Georgia Southwestern State University today.

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