#43 Bobcats Fall Short Against #10 Patriots, 6-3

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 43 Georgia College women's tennis team (10-9, 4-6 PBC) faced off against No. 10 Francis Marion University (19-1, 9-1 PBC) Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats battled, but eventually fell 6-3 to the Patriots.

The top doubles battled slot put Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) and Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) against No. 18 Mona Blauen and Julia Graf. The Bobcats led early, but lost 8-5 in the end.

Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) were matched against Tereza Baranova and Nora Westbye in the No. 2 doubles slot. The Georgia College duo came out on top of a close 8-6 decision.

Sarah Murray (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) took on Kimberley Hurter and Lena Specht but fell 8-1.

Marevic was matched against No. 20 Mona Blauen in the top singles slot and was defeated 6-0, 6-1. Johnson and Baranova finished right behind, with the Patriot taking the 6-2, 6-4 win. With the victory the Patriots built their lead to 4-1 with the win.

Barksdale gave the Bobcats their second point, taking down Graf in the No. 3 slot.

Lingner was pitted against Specht in the No. 5 slot. The Patriot took the 6-0, 6-1 victory and clinched the team victory for Francis Marion.

Krupp continued her strong freshman season, taking down Hurter in a three set bout. Krupp took the first set 6-2 before dropping the second 6-4. The Bobcat freshman regrouped and eased to a 6-2 victory in the third set.

Murray finished out the day taking on Westbye in the No. 6 slot, with Westbye coming away with the 6-0, 6-0 victory.

The Bobcats will return to the Centennial Center Tennis Facility Tuesday, April 2 at 2 p.m. for a Senior Day matchup against No. 33 Augusta State University.  

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