No. 5-Seed Bobcats Down No. 4-Seed Clayton State in Marathon Match, 5-4
FLORENCE, S.C. – Over six hours after the match began, senior Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) clinched the victory for the Georgia College women's tennis team (15-9) with a 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Raluca Pavel in the No. 5 singles slot. The No. 5-seed Bobcats defeated No. 4-seed Clayton State University (8-10) after losing at Morrow, Ga. earlier in the season.
The quarterfinal match was bisected by a two hour rain delay that postponed the third sets for Lingner and teammate Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany).
Marevic and partner May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) gave the Bobcats their first point, as the duo eased to an 8-0 victory over Charlotte Fabricius and Martina Dedaj in second singles.
Lingner and Sarah Murray (Alpharetta, Ga.) lost 8-3 against Raluca Pavel and Zinnia Leamana in the No. 3 doubles position.
A day after being named All-PBC second team, Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) defeated Ivana Krommelova and Hannah Keeling 8-2 in the top doubles position and gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead heading into doubles play.
Johnson earned a quick point for the Bobcats as Krommelova retired after losing the first set 6-0 and dropping the first game in the second set. Fabricius defeated Murray 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 6 slot to push the score to 3-2 in favor of the Bobcats.
Barksdale eased to a decisive victory over Dedaj, as the Bobcat senior commanded the entire match, winning 6-1, 6-0.
The final three matches would all go to three sets.
Krupp faced off against Leamana in the No. 4 slot. Krupp dropped the first set 6-3, before battling back and winning the second by the score of 6-3. The deciding set was hard fought on both sides, with Leamana finishing with the 6-3 win of the set to earn the match victory.
Lingner and Marevic were still competing in their respective third sets when a storm quickly moved over the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center. The delay would last for over two hours. After the courts were dried, play resumed.
Marevic was behind in the third set at the time of the delay and fell 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 soon after play continued.
Lingner picked up action with a 4-2 advantage in the third set. She made quick work of Pavel and took the set 6-2.
"It was a big win," said Lingner. "It was definitely one of the highlights of my four years as a Bobcat." The Bobcats extend their winning streak to five with the victory.
The No. 5 seed Bobcats will face off against No. 1 seed Armstrong tomorrow, April 13 at noon.
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