By McKenzie Julian, Sports Information Student
|PBC Championship Site|
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 39 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (12-7) is set to compete in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament beginning Friday, April 19. The tournament will take place in Florence, South Carolina and is hosted by Francis Marion University.
The Bobcats come in taking the No. 5-seed in the tournament and will face No. 4-seed USC Aiken in the Quarterfinals. The Bobcats have only conceded once to their rivals in a tight 4-3 loss away April 4, 2019.
Leading the team this season are sophomore Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain), who are ranked No. 59 and No. 74 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Rankings. Richter is 9-8 on the season in singles, having taken on five nationally-ranked opponents this year. Lopez leads the team with a 16-2 record, having won the last nine of 10 matches. Sophomore Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) has also put on a dominant performance this season, posting a 13-6 singles record this season, going 6-3 against PBC teams.
Lopez along with freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee) lead the team in doubles with nine wins as partners.
Last season, Georgia College fell to Columbus State University in the finals, having already beat Augusta University and the University of North Georgia.
This year, the team is looking for its third PBC Championship title, their first since 2003.
With a win, the Bobcats would advance to the Semifinals where they would face the winner of No. 1-seed Columbus State University and No. 8-seed Lander University.
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