MORROW, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University women’s tennis team (12-11) toppled a conference champion Thursday, clobbering Lincoln Memorial University (18-4) 5-2 in the opening round of the NCAA Southeast Region #2 Tournament. The Bobcats advance to play host No. 12 Clayton State University (16-7) Friday at 2 p.m.
The Bobcats started off on the right foot against the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) regular-season and tournament champions, taking two of three doubles bouts with wins at the first and second slots.
Senior Diane Danna (Paris, France) and junior Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) edged Sofia Lopez Mimendi and Ann Indeherberge 8-6 in first doubles action. Lion and Danna improved to 13-10 on the year.
Freshmen Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) teamed for an 8-1 drubbing of Amanda Horenkamp and Mandy Mills in the second slot. The win brings the Bobcat duo’s record even to 11-11. Sophomore Adriana Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) and freshman Linda Mosa (Stockholm, Sweden) also dropped an 8-3 match to Leah Donoff and Melanie Smith.
Needing three more wins, the Bobcats got victories at first and third singles, as Danna nearly blanked Donoff 6-0, 6-1 and Lion toppled Indeherberge 6-1, 6-2. Both winners improved to 17-4 in singles action, Danna with wins in her last seven, Lion in her last six. Barksdale dropped a second-singles match 6-3, 6-2 to Lopez Mimendi before Lingner clinched the team victory.
The freshman made short work of Mills 6-1, 6-2 at fourth singles, Lingner getting her seventh win of the year.
Georgia College advances to face host Clayton Friday, May 7 at 2 p.m. in regional semifinal action at Laker Courts.
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