by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
ATLANTA - The Georgia College & State University women's tennis team (1-0) swept Clark Atlanta University 9-0 in both teams' season-opener today (Feb. 7). With only four players, the Lady Panthers forfeited three contests.
In the No.1 doubles spot, the veteran French duo of Diane Danna (Paris, France) and Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) won 8-3, while freshmen Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) took second doubles 8-0. Adriana Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Linda Mosa (Stockholm, Sweden) won by default.
Danna kept the momentum going in first singles action with a 7-6 victory in game one and 4-0 lead in game two, when her opponent suffered an injury and was forced to retire. Slotted No. 2 in singles, Barksdale shut-out a Lady Panther 6-0, 6-0, as did Lion in the third spot and Lingner in No. 4 singles. Georgia College won the next two singles matches due to Clark Atlanta forfeits.
The Bobcats are back in action Thursday, Feb. 4 hosting No. 4 Valdosta State University at 2 p.m. for the women's tennis home-opener.
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