by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The No. 19 women's tennis team at Georgia College & State University (7-6) defeated the University of North Alabama earlier today (March 24) at the opening match of the White Sands Invitational.
Georgia College was able to capitalize after starting the matches 2-0 due to North Alabama not playing at third doubles match or at the sixth singles position.
The schools split the doubles matches as Gabby Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Marjorie Ceppo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) of GCSU won 9-8 against Yuliya Zelenskaya and Lenka Hola of UNA in the first slot. The Lions' Victoria Rees and Mallory Waites defeated the Bobcats' Diane Danna (Paris, France) and Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) 8-1.
At number one singles, Ceppo upended Rees 7-6, 6-2. Danna defeated Zelenskaya 6-0, 6-2 at second singles. Danna's doubles partner, Lion, fell 7-6, 4-6, 10-3 to North Alabama's Waites at the number three singles spot.
Acuna was also defeated 6-0, 6-3 by Hola. Angy Cuellar (Bogota, Colombia) beat Ashley Alfonso 6-2, 6-0 at fifth singles.
Doubles and singles records will be posted following the last match of the White Sands Invitational.
Georgia College faces No. 6 University of West Florida tomorrow (March 25) at day two of the White Sands Invitational.
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