September 19, 2009

Bobcat Women’s Tennis Opens Fall Season at ITA Regional

SUMTER, S.C. - The Georgia College & State University women's tennis team opened the 2009 fall season this weekend at the ITA Southeast Region Championships, entering four singles and two doubles in the tournament.

Just one Bobcat remains active after Saturday's day two action as Maria Carolina Rojas (Colonia Caroya, Argentina) has followed up an opening loss with a pair of wins in the consolation bracket. Rojas dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Lees-McRae College's Gabriela Celi, but bounced back with a hard-fought win over Alyssa Blanchard of Coker College, 7-5, 6-4. For Rojas' second victory, she topped Flagler College's Jennifer Saviano 2-6, 6-3, 10-6.

In other Bobcat action, Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) started with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Saviano, and then lost to Armstrong Atlantic State University's No. 29 Martina Beckmann 6-3, 6-1.

Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) grabbed a couple of quick wins over Blanchard (6-1, 6-4) and Celi (6-2, 6-4) before falling to Beckmann as well, 6-4, 6-2. Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) lost a pair of singles bouts to end her run.

In doubles action, Lion teamed with Rojas for the first time, beating the Flagler duo of Chelsea Taylor and Chelsi de Cuba 8-5, but dropping an 8-3 count to Jitka Gavudona and Kerry Hall of Francis Marion University. Another new duo of Americans Lingner and Barksdale battled but lost an 8-4 match with Lander University's Eliza Adusmilli and Brandi Cordell.

Rojas will be back in action tomorrow for the final day of the three-day event.

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