#30 Bobcat Women Blanked by #7 Cougars, 5-0

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 7-seed Georgia College women's tennis squad (13-11) battled against No. 2-seed Columbus State University (26-2), but were unable to grab a victory in the First Round of the NCAA Southeast Regional eventually falling 5-0 Sunday afternoon. 

The Cougars started and finished hot against the Bobcats, sweeping through the doubles portion before clinching the match during singles action. 

The top duo of Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) fell to Paola Cigui and Milica Tomic 8-2, dropping their season record to 15-9. 

May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) were topped by Olivera Jokic and Carolin Weikard, 8-3 at the second doubles spot. 

Rounding out the scoring in doubles action was the tandem of Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado, who took down Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) by a final of 8-3. 

Unfortunately, the Bobcats were unable to dig themselves out of that 3-0 hole, dropping a pair of singles matches. 

Redrado defeated Pridegon 6-2, 6-0 at the fifth singles position before Lingner fell at the final singles spot 6-0, 6-0 to Sandra Jung. 

Georgia College finishes the season with a 13-11 overall record and 7-5 mark in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). The Bobcats earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive season and the duo of Barksdale and Setyon garnered PBC Second Team honors 

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