SUMTER, S.C. – In a day full of singles play, the Georgia College Women's Tennis team put two players into the round of 16 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regionals Friday.
Two of the six singles entries advanced through the winners bracket today for the Bobcats, but each of the six advanced at least a round.
2018 All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) singles player and No. 9-seed Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) started her day with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Emily Murchland of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Richter then advanced past Emilie Hansen of Tusculum College when Hansen retired to injury. Richter is set to battle Luise Sachs of Columbus State University in the round of 16.
Senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) outlasted Lenoir-Rhyne's Alexandra Garofoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 to start. Lopez then beat No. 9-seed Oriana Labaqui of Young Harris College 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the round of 16. Another Columbus State player awaits tomorrow, in the form of Marleen Tilgner.
Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) beat Julia Lopez Tusculum 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) and then lost to No. 9-seed Alisa Rudenko of Wingate University 7-6(4), 6-2.
Freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee, Georgia) picked up her first career singles win by beating Friederike Klein from Newberry College 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(1). Fleming followed that up with a marathon loss to Eden Schlagenhauf of Flagler College 3-6, 7-6(0), 6-0.
Jordan Bowie (Macon, Georgia) also tallied her first career singles win today, topping Nelli Lius of Lander University 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The Bobcat rookie then lost to No. 5-seed Yana Fleyer of Queens University 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 64.
Senior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) beat Alexandra Dolfi of Limestone College, 6-3, 7-5. Garriga's run came to a close against No. 9-seed Noa Davico of Columbus State, 6-2, 6-4.
Day three action continues in Sumter tomorrow, Sept. 29 with an adjusted schedule due to today's washout.
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