Young Guns Put on a Show at Women’s Fall Championship

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The 17th Annual Windstream/Georgia College & State University Women's Tennis Fall Championship started today (Sept. 25) as four Bobcats advanced to the semifinals in singles and both doubles teams reached the semifinal round as well.

The tourney included members of five schools competing at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility: ABAC, Augusta State University, GCSU, Lander University and the University of Tampa.

In Flight ‘A', junior Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) got a bye in the first round and then beat Eliza Adusumilli of Lander 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Lion will face Victoria Bell of Tampa in a semifinal match tomorrow (Sept. 26).

Freshman Kayla Barskdale (Martinez, Ga.) advanced to the semifinals in Flight ‘B' after Lander's Nicola James retired with the score 5-2 in Barksdale's favor. Barksdale will face Luiza Pires of Augusta State tomorrow.

Two freshmen Bobcats reached the semifinals in Flight ‘C'. Linda Mosa (Stockholom, Sweden) beat Jayhna Pope of ABAC in straight 6-1 sets in the opening round. In the quarterfinals, Mosa defeated Tampa's Briana Ryan 6-2, 6-0. Mosa will go head-to-head against Lander's Marley Myers in a semifinal match-up tomorrow.

Also, Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) defeated Ally Wooten of Tampa 6-1, 6-2 in a quarterfinal match-up to reach the semis.

In other singles action, freshman Mara Rojas (Colonia Caroya, Argentina) lost to Augusta State's Bianca Machado 6-2, 6-4 in quarterfinal play after a bye in the first round. In a consolation draw, Rojas will face Alejandra Gamboa of ABAC tomorrow.

In ‘A' Doubles the duo of Lion and Rojas defeated Gamboa and Keri Huett of ABAC 8-3 to advance to the semifinals against Tampa's Bell and Nikol Williams.

The Bobcat team of Barksdale and Lingner edged Augusta State's Camila Correa and Pires 8-6 in ‘B' Doubles and will face Ryan and Lisa Montgomery of Tampa tomorrow in the semis.

Play resumes tomorrow at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility with matches starting at 9 a.m.  

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