by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women’s tennis program hosted the first day of action at the Windstream Women’s Fall Championships Friday, inviting Clayton State University, Carson-Newman College, ABAC, the University of Tampa, UNC Pembroke and Brenau University to the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) breezed through the first round of the Flight “A” Singles beating C-N’s Stefy Stand 6-1, 6-3 only to fall to Clayton’s Katie White 6-1, 6-4. Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) dropped her first round match to ABAC’s Chanel Cunningham. Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) squeaked past her first round match against UNC-Pembroke’s Jenna McGary 6-7, 7-5, 6-0 but then fell to Clayton’s Ivana Krommelova 6-1, 6-1.
In Flight “A” Singles Consolation Barksdale won her first match with ease defeating Tampa’s Maddie Caropino 6-0, 6-3
In Flight “B” Singles Lisa Setyon (Paris, France) advanced to the second round with a bye but then lost to Brenau’s Liubov Orlova 6-0, 6-1. Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) won her first round match against Jessica Budd from Clayton 6-1, 6-3 but then fell to Brenau’s Hannah Thompson 6-4, 6-1.
Kelly Edwards (Roswell, Ga.) was awarded a first round bye in the Flight “C” Singles but was edged out by UNC Pembroke’s Christian Minnick 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Tracy Bain (Norcross, Ga.) fell to ABAC’s Heather Humphrey after a first round bye 7-6, 6-1.
In Flight “A” Doubles Lion and Barksdale advance through the first round of doubles play beating C-N’s Taryn Cappadona and Stand 8-0. Lion and Barksdale will play their semifinal match tomorrow (Oct. 2).
In Flight “B” Doubles Lingner and Setyon advanced to the quarterfinal defeating ABAC’s Keri Huett and Cunningham 8-2. Bain and Edwards dropped their first round match against C-N’s Kylie Elliott and Stephanie Goode.
Singles and doubles tournament action will continue tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
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