by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
JONESBORO, Ga. - The hopes for a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship came to an end today (April 18) for the No. 22 women's tennis team at Georgia College & State University (9-10). As the No. 6 seed, the Bobcats lost to No. 3 seed Francis Marion University (17-3) 5-1. The PBC Tournament is hosted by Clayton State University.
Diane Danna (Paris, France) was the sole victor for the Bobcats. Danna defeated No. 48 Kristyna Horakova in the second slot 6-2, 0-1 before Horakova retired.
Georgia College found itself down 3-0 at the end of doubles matches.
At first doubles, Marjorie Ceppo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Gabby Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) lost 8-4 to the No. 17 team of Horakova and Jitka Gavdunova. The Bobcat duo of Danna and Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) fell 8-1 to the Patriot team Tereza Sykorova and Sabina Baberadova at second doubles. At third doubles, Adriana Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Angy Cuellar (Bogota, Colombia) were beat by Saskia Ludwig and Valeska Ibscher 8-2.
In singles action, Gabby Acuna fell 6-1, 6-1 to Ibscher. Cuellar lost in straight 6-2 sets to Baberadova, clinching the win for FMU.
Georgia College was ranked at the sixth spot in the latest regional rankings released by the NCAA. The top 10 teams from the Southeast Region make the NCAA Tournament in May, with three spots taken by conference tournament champions. The Bobcats are looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the 15th straight season.
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