MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - As one of the most decorated programs in school history, Georgia College & State University women's tennis has high expectations each year. At No. 19 in the nation beginning the spring season, the Bobcats will look to continue their 14-year streak of making the NCAA Tournament.
Bobcat women's tennis has just a six-player roster, meaning that every individual will need to be at their best for Georgia College to continue their excellence. After a 9-0 win to start the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) season at Georgia Southwestern State University, the Bobcats start the season on the best possible note.
Ranked No. 48 in the nation, senior Marjorie Ceppo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) moves up to first singles this season, after going 15-9 in the second slot a year ago. In doubles, she earned All- PBC in 2007 with Celine Martin and will team with classmate Gabby Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) this season.
Moving up to second singles is junior Diane Danna (Saint Germain En Laye, France). Danna went 14-8 in singles action a year ago, and "with improved confidence" at the second slot "should be a major contributor to the team's success" according to head coach Steve Barsby.
Acuna and sophomore Bertille Lion (Saint Cyr, France) will battle for the third and fourth slots, Acuna with the experience edge having been a four-year Bobcat. Lion was 7-4 last spring, with Acuna owning an 8-4 mark. Both players have worked hard, and will look to lay it all out on the court.
"For these two, it'll be important to work hard," Barsby said. "In the bottom of the lineup, it's consistency that wins. Players need to maintain their mental focus to outlast and work to play within themselves. We'll need everyone to compete in order to win."
With Ceppo and Gabby Acuna competing at the top doubles team, Danna and Lion will battle at the second doubles slot, with Adriana Acuna and Cuellar taking the third doubles spot.
The Bobcats are back in action Sunday, Feb. 8 at No. 3 Valdosta State University. The Blazers are one of four top-10 teams on the schedule for Georgia College this season.
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