by Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The No. 19 Georgia College women's tennis team (1-1) came away with its first loss of the 2013 season 9-0 Saturday, taking on No. 12 Saint Leo University (3-0) in a neutral site match-up.
The Bobcats were playing short-handed, starting out in a 2-0 hole before the first match was played.
The duo of freshman Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) and senior Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) dropped the first doubles match to Laura Kemkes and Emily Singleton 8-3.
May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) would push the Lions near the limit, coming up shot to Maria Benkirane and Pauline Helgesson 8-5.
Playing in the first singles slot, Johnson faced off against No. 18 Kemkes, but the upset bid came up short 6-1, 6-3. Barksdale lost in straight sets to Coralie Pesenti 6-0, 6-0. In third singles, Pridgeon lost 6-1, 6-2 to Benkirane.
Krupp would drop her singles bout to Helgesson 6-2, 6-2 in fourth singles. Senior Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) would also fall to Singleton 6-2, 6-0 in the fifth slot to complete the 9-0 win for the Lions.
The Bobcats will return to action Monday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. when they host Augusta State University at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
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