by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The No. 30 Georgia College women's tennis squad (11-9, 6-5 PBC) picked up their second-consecutive Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory Friday afternoon, dominating the No. 40 Augusta State University Jaguars (10-9, 4-5 PBC) by a final score of 5-1.
The Bobcats relied on a two doubles wins paired with a sweep of singles to defeat the Jaguars, beginning with an 8-5 victory from top doubles tandem Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) over Liv Pettersson and Victoria Lindqvist. GC's first doubles pairing improved to 14-6 on the season.
May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) followed that up with an 8-4 victory of their own against Julie Fontaine and Roberta Oliveira at the second doubles spot. Johnson and Pridgeon are now 3-1 on the year.
The Jaguars would get on the board with a hard-fought 9-8 win at the third spot, where Marina Ferreria and Lissa Murakami topped Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.).
That's all Augusta State would muster, as GC swept their three singles matches to pick up the win.
Setyon-Ortenzio won handily at the second singles spot 6-1, 6-1 against Lindqvist, while her doubles partner Barskdale nearly matched her with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Oliveira at the fourth spot. Setyon is 12-7 in singles action, while Barksdale is a team-best 16-4.
Marevic rounded out the scoring and clinched the over win for the Bobcats with a 6-3, 6-3 straight-set win at the third position over Pettersson. The win pushed Marevic to 12-7.
The win put GC at 6-5 in PBC play, good for seventh in the league standings.
The Bobcats will look to make it four in a row overall tomorrow when they travel to USC Aiken for a PBC match beginning at 11 a.m.
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