#16 GC Women Rebound Against #29 IUP, 7-2

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College women's tennis squad (5-4) came away with a solid non-conference victory over No. 29 Indiana (Pa.) University (7-5) Friday afternoon, defeating the Crimson Hawks 7-2 at a neutral site in Augusta, Ga. 

The Bobcats started well, picking up two victories in the doubles portion of the match from Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris), as well as Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Barksdale and Setyon-Ortenzio defeated Tanya Timko and Emilia Osborne 8-2 at the second doubles spot, while the tandem of Marevic and Pridegon took down Erika Schnass and Ranvita Mahto 9-8 at third. Setyon-Ortenzio and Barksdale now have a team-best seven doubles victories. 

GC dropped the first doubles match as May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) fell to Tabtip Louhabanjong and Katie Eaton by a score of 8-6. 

The Bobcats continued their stellar play nearly sweeping the singles portion of the match. 

Setyon-Ortenzio won at the top slot over Louhabanjong in straight-sets 6-1, 6-3, as did Johnson 6-1, 6-1 against Eaton at the second. 

Marevic went the distance against Timko, eventually winning the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in third singles. 

The 'Cats split a pair of tiebreakers, as Pridgeon won over Osborne 6-4, 2-6, 10-6 while Lingner dropped her match with Schnass 2-6, 6-3, 10-4. 

Rounding out the scoring for the Bobcats was Barskdale with a 6-2, 7-5 win against McCormick at the fourth slot. Barksdale still shares the team lead in victories with Setyon-Ortenzio at 7-2 each. 

The Georgia College women will travel to No. 9 Clayton State University Sunday, March 18 for a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) matchup. 

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