No. 30 Bobcat Women Fall in Tight Match to #46 Lions, 5-4

by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 30 Georgia College women's tennis squad (7-8) fell in a hard-fought match to No. 46 University of North Alabama (7-7) 5-4.

Much like yesterday, the Bobcats went down 3-0 after doubles and had a tough battle back. Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Leah Pridegon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) fell in the second slot to Mackenzie Bishop and Madison Patey, 8-4. May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Sarah Roberts (Kennesaw, Ga.) fell in the third position 8-4 to Bruna Vieira and Teresa Franco, 8-4.

The Lions' Victoria Rees and Natalie Barragan toppled Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) 8-2 at the top spot to complete the sweep.

Roberts dropped the fourth match for the Bobcats to Patey, 6-1, 6-2 in sixth singles. Johnson picked up the first win for GC, felling Bishop, 6-0, 6-3 in second singles. Johnson improved to 9-4 on the season.

Barksdale rebounded from a doubles loss to beat Barragan, 6-2, 6-2 in fourth singles; Barksdale's record stands at a team-best 11-4.

Pridgeon escaped from a three-set marathon for her seventh win of the year, defeating Franco 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 at the fifth slot. Marevic tied it up at four-all with a 6-0, 7-6 victory over Vieira, the Bobcat improving to 8-6. Unfortunately it would end there as Setyon lost in a three-set battle to decide the match at the first slot. She lost to Rees, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.  

GC plays again tomorrow, March 30 against Lindenwood University set to start at 9 p.m. central time.

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