#25 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Starts PBC Tournament Friday

Freshman Emilia Richter
Freshman Emilia Richter

by Erica Misener, sports information student

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FLORENCE, S.C.—The No. 25 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (13-6) is preparing to face off in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament hosted once by Francis Marion University Friday, April 20 in Florence.

Georgia College will be the No. 2-seed in the tournament, breaking a tie with the University of North Georgia due to the 5-4 victory the Bobcats had over the Nighthawks April 4. This is the Bobcats' highest seed in the tournament since 2003 when they were No. 1.

Paula Garriga (Centelles, Spain) and Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) lead the team in singles matches with 8-1 records in the PBC and 15 victories each throughout the season.

Doubles team Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) had the team's best score with an 11-8 record, coming in the top line.

In last season's tournament, Georgia College was defeated by Armstrong State University 5-0 in the opening round.

No. 2-seed Georgia College will be matched up against No. 7-seed Augusta in the Quarterfinal round beginning at 9 a.m. at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center. The two teams met earlier in the season, which resulted in a 7-2 victory for the Bobcats.

With a win, the Bobcats would advance to the semifinals on Saturday at 9 a.m. against the winner of No. 3-seed North Georgia and No. 6-seed USC Aiken. 

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