by Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men’s (14-7, 4-5 PBC) and women’s (16-7, 8-4 PBC) tennis teams will set out for Augusta, Ga. Friday, April 15 to play in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament at the Newman Tennis Center hosted by Augusta State University.
The women finished fifth in the PBC and will take on No. 4 - seeded Clayton State University. The Bobcats lost 7-2 at Clayton State this season but were without their senior leader, Bertille Lion (Lyon, France). The winner will go on to the face the victor of the No. 1-seed Armstrong Atlantic and No. 8-seed Lander matchup.
The ‘Cats are coming into the tournament hot on a four game win streak, with their most recent win being over national No. 10 Flagler College, 5-4.
GC’s doubles pairings are very strong this season with the regular starters having a combined record of 40-18. The Bobcats look to their doubles pairs to jump out and give them the early lead. Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lion are playing exceptionally well as a duo with a 14-7 record, 8-2 in their last 10 from the first slot.
Freshman Lisa Setyon (Paris) has been a pleasant surprise for the Bobcats this season out of the fifth spot going 17-4, winning eight of her last 10. May Johnson (Sydney, Australia), the transfer from Division I Temple, has stepped into the second spot earning a 15-8 record and riding a four game win streak. Barksdale has answered the bell this season for the ‘Cats going 15-6 out of the No. 3 spot.
The men finished in the No. 6 spot in the PBC, drawing a very favorable matchup against Flagler University. The Bobcats lost to Flagler 5-4 in their final regular season match but did not play their best, dropping all three doubles matches. The winner of the matchup will square off against the winner of the No. 2-seed Lander University and No. 7-seed Augusta State game.
GC is coming into the tournament winning five of their last seven games. Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France) and Johan Wadstein (Helsingborg, Sweden) play in one doubles for the Bobcats achieving a record of 13-7, winning seven out of their last 10.
In singles action, Wictor Andersson (Karlskoga, Sweden) holds the best record on the team, 14-3 out of the No. 6 spot. Leborgne is only 12-9 but 2-3 against nationally ranked opponents. Wadstein plays out of the No. 2 spot with a 12-6 record.
Both teams look to stay on fire Friday, with the women playing Clayton State at noon and the men playing Flagler at 5 p.m.
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