#16 GC Women Fall to Peach Belt Foe Columbus State, 8-1
by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College women's tennis squad (7-6, 4-5 PBC) dropped a tough Peach Belt Conference (PBC) match Sunday afternoon against No. 7 Columbus State University (17-0, 7-0 PBC) by a score of 8-1.
GC picked up their lone victory from regionally-ranked No. 20 May Johnson (Sydney, Australia), who defeated No. 25 Carolin Weikard in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 at the second singles position. Johnson improves to 7-3.
Columbus State got off to a great start, sweeping the doubles portion of the match and never looked back.
The duo of Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) faltered against Paola Cigui and Milica Tomic at the top doubles spot 8-6, while the tandem of Johnson and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) also fell 8-2 against Weikard and Olivera Jokic.
The Cougars rounded out the doubles scoring with a shutout victory from Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado over Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Leah Pridegon (Lawrenceville, Ga.).
Pridegon would go on to battle Redrado at the fifth singles position, coming up short in a 6-2, 6-4 defeat. Her partner, Marevic, would also fall to Tomic 6-1, 6-4 at the third singles spot.
At the top singles position, regionally-ranked No. 19 Setyon-Ortenzio fell to No. 46 Cigui by a score of 6-2, 6-1, while Barksdale dropped her match with Jokic 6-0, 6-2 at the fourth slot.
Finishing the scoring for the Cougars was Sandra Jung, who defeated Lingner at the final singles position 6-2, 6-1.
The Georgia College women will look to rebound when they head to Pensacola, Fla. to take on No. 8 University of West Florida Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m.
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