Bobcat Women’s Tennis Upset Bid Falls Short to #13 Saint Leo, 5-4

Junior Paula Garriga
Junior Paula Garriga

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Taking on their highest-ranked opponent of the young season, Sunday's upset bid for Georgia College Women's Tennis (7-3) fell short 5-4 to No. 13 Saint Leo University (9-3) at the University of West Florida Tournament.

The Bobcats trailed 2-1 after doubles play, getting a win in the third slot. The No. 16 pairing of Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) fell to Maja Pindelska and Madeleine Gauthier 8-6. In the second slot, Kristen Jones (Marietta, Georgia) and Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) lost a similar 8-6 bout to Marta Vicens Miquel and Andrada Gordan.

Senior Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) and junior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) teamed for the lone doubles win for the Bobcats, outlasting Kristyna Jurkova and Sophie Vlietstra 9-7.

Singles play started strong for the Bobcats, as after a 6-4, 6-1 loss for Niemi to Gordan in the sixth line, Georgia College rattled off three wins. Richter beat Pindelska in the third slot, 6-1, 7-6, the Bobcat junior improving to 10-0. Jones then brought the match even at 3-3 with a pair of 6-4 sets over Gauthier in the fourth slot. Jones is now 7-3 in singles play.

Garriga gave the Bobcats a 4-3 advantage with a 6-2, 7-5 win in fifth singles over Fabiola Cardenas, as Garriga matched Richter for the team lead at 10-0. The Lions then rallied, taking wins in second and first singles. Lopez lost to Jurkova in the second line 6-2, 7-5 and No. 33 Kelly dropped a 6-4, 6-3 ranked matchup with No. 44 Vicens Miquel to finish the day.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, March 19, continuing the tournament against No. 11 Northeastern State University.

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