Singles Domination Brings GC Women’s Tennis 7-2 Win at VSU

Freshman Emilia Richter
Freshman Emilia Richter

VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Tennis team (3-1) used a sweep of all six singles matches to get the come-from-behind win at Valdosta State University (0-5), 7-2 Wednesday.

The Bobcats trailed 2-1 after doubles. The Georgia College win came in the third slot, where junior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) and sophomore Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) teamed for an 8-5 win over Anke Poncelet and Taylor Vinge.

In the first slot, the nation's No. 16 doubles pairing of Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) fell for the first time this season, an 8-6 bout with Sabrina Schmidt and Estee Widdershoven. In second doubles, Kristen Jones (Marietta) and Emma Niemi (Cumming) also lost 8-6 to Daniella Barta and Hera Brynjarsdottir.

The domination in singles started on the sixth line, where Niemi pulled the team score even with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Amelia Cornwall. The Bobcats took the lead when Garriga posted a pair of 6-1 sets against Vinge in the fifth slot. The Georgia College junior is one of two players left undefeated in singles at 4-0. Next came first singles, where No. 33 Kelly beat Schmidt with little issue, 6-0, 6-3.

The team-victory clinching point came from third singles, when Richter won her second match of the day, topping Barta 6-0, 6-3. Richter also improves to 4-0 on the season. The next finish came in the second slot, where Lopez beat Widdershoven 6-2, 6-3. In the fourth line, Jones beat Brynjarsdottir  6-2, 7-5.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m., playing host to Georgia Southwestern State University.

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