March 11, 2012

#16 Bobcat Women Stifled by #25 Patriots, 8-1

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

FLORENCE, S.C. The No. 16 Georgia College women's tennis squad (4-4, 2-3 PBC) couldn't get much going as they fell to No. 25 Francis Marion University (8-0, 4-0 PBC) Sunday afternoon at the Kassab Courts. 

The duo of Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) picked the lone victory for the Bobcats defeating Kimberly Hurter and Kerry Hall in the third slot 9-7. 

GC dropped their other pair of doubles matches, with May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) falling to nationally-ranked No. 9 Jitka Gavdunova and Mona Blauen 8-2, before Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) lost 8-2 against Tereza Baranova and Julia Graf. 

No. 9-ranked Gavdunova took down Johnson at the first singles slot 6-4, 6-2, while Setyon-Ortenzio was bounced by No. 17 Blauen 6-0, 6-1 in the second. 

No. 38 Baranova defeated Marevic in straight-sets 6-2, 6-2 in the third position, as Barksdale also dropped her match to Graf 7-5, 6-3. 

Hurter and Kerry Hall finished off the sweep of the singles action with victories of Pridgeon and Lingner at the final two spots, respectively. Pridegon fell 4-6, 6-2, 10-6, while Lingner lost by a score of 6-1, 6-1. 

GC will look to rebound when they host Concord University Tuesday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. 

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