#18 Women’s Tennis Takes Down #35 Crimson Hawks, 5-4

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The No. 18 Georgia College women's tennis team (7-7) took on the No. 35 IUP Crimson Hawks (3-5) in a neutral site game at Augusta, Ga. Monday afternoon. The Bobcats jumped to an early lead and held off the Hawks for the 5-4 win.

Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) cruised to an easy 8-1 victory over Erika Schnaas and Katie Eaton.

The other two doubles matches would end with the score 9-8, with each team coming out on top of one match. May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) came up just short against Tanya Timko and Emilia Osbourne while Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Sarah Murray (Alpharetta, Ga.) defeated Abby McCormick and Alanna McFail.

The loss for Johnson and Marevic was the first for the duo since being teamed together Saturday, March 2 against the University of Montevallo. Their season record now stands at 7-1.

Barksdale and Krupp continued their respective hot streaks in singles play, with Barksdale taking down McCormick 6-0, 6-1 and Krupp defeating Osbourne 6-3, 6-0. The two wins pushed the score to 4-1 in favor of the Bobcats.  Barksdale increased her personal winning streak to eight games.

Murray took on Ranvita Mahto in the No. 6 slot. The Bobcat freshman pushed the match to three sets, but eventually lost 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Marevic also lost a close match, taking on Eaton in the No. 1 slot. Marevic pushed Eaton to the limit in each set, but lost 7-5, 6-3.

Playing in the No. 2 slot, Johnson downed Timko 6-1, 6-1 to secure the victory for the Bobcats.

Lingner took on Schnaas in the No. 5 slot. The Bobcat senior played close despite dropping the match 6-3, 6-3.

The Bobcats will be back in action Wednesday, March 20 when they travel to Morrow, Ga. to take on No. 50 Clayton State University.

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