by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
JONESBORO, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament came to a close for the No. 30 Georgia College & State University women’s tennis team (11-11) Friday as the Bobcats lost 5-1 to No. 5 Columbus State University (18-4) in the first round.
The Bobcats got their lone win from first singles, as senior Diane Danna (Paris) tried to make the most of her final PBC Tournament. The No. 48 singles player in the country, she upended the No. 22 player in Loriane Favoretto in straight sets 6-2 and 6-1.
Columbus State claimed doubles action, going 3-0. In the first spot, No. 11 ranked Loriane Favoretto and Hanane Toumi defeated the Bobcat French duo of Danna and Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) 8-1, while Georgia College freshmen Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) suffered the same fate against No. 22-ranked Tracy Castillo and Caterina Kiefer. The Bobcat French pair is now 12-10, while the freshmen are 10-11.
Danna downed Favoretto at first singles, improving to a 16-4 record, winning 12 of her last 13 matches. Needing only two more victories, the Cougars then retired Lingner via Persson in two 6-3 sets, while Kiefer overpowered Mosa 6-2 and 6-0 in the No. 5 position. Lingner fell to 6-15 overall this season, while Mosa has posted a 9-10 record.
The Cougars advanced to the second round of the Peach Belt Tournament, where they will face Clayton State tomorrow (April 17) at 1 p.m.
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