#39 GC Women’s Tennis Falls at #11 North Georgia, 5-2

Senior Valeria Lopez
Senior Valeria Lopez

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The No. 39 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (12-7, 5-4 PBC) started on the right foot, but couldn't pick up any early singles results, falling 5-2 in an upset bid at No. 11 University of North Georgia (16-3, 6-1 PBC).

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

The third line finished first, where senior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) and sophomore Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) won to improve to 5-2 this season. They beat Cibeles Zuddy and Lexa Loden 6-2. The second doubles pair of sophomore Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and freshman Jordan Bowie (Macon) clinched the doubles point, taking down Emma Etelalahti and Adrienne Bofinger 6-3. Bowie and Richter are now 4-3.

Senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee) dropped the final doubles bout 7-5 to Holly Bennett and Vaishali Jorge.

The first singles result came in the fourth slot, where Zuddy topped Fleming in a pair of 6-2 sets. The Nighthawks took the lead next in sixth singles, where Bowie fell to Loden 6-2, 6-1. First singles was a ranked battle between No. 59 Richter and No. 60 Bofinger. Bofinger got the slight upset with 6-1 and 6-4 sets.

The Nighthawks clinched the team win with a point in the third slot, Yatribi losing to Bennett 6-2, 6-4. Next came the Bobcats' lone singles win of the day, coming in another ranked battle at second singles between No. 74 Lopez and No. 23 Jorge. Lopez earned the upset, winning 6-3, 2-6, 15-13. Lopez is now 16-2 this season, including finishing 7-2 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play. The match wrapped up in the fifth slot, where Garriga lost to Claudelle Labonte 6-3, 6-3, 14-12.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, April 12 at noon, traveling to No. 15 Wingate University 

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