by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The No. 31 Georgia College & State University women's tennis team (3-6, 1-4 PBC) battled to a hard-fought loss Sunday afternoon, falling 6-3 to No. 23 Flagler College (7-2, 4-1 PBC).
In doubles action, the Bobcat pair of Diane Danna (Paris) and Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) sputtered against Chelsi de Cuba and Lauren Pfeiffer 8-4, while Flagler's Veronica Figueroa and Jennifer Saviano defeated Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) 8-2.
Slotted third, Georgia College's Adriana Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Linda Mosa (Stockholm, Sweden) lost 8-5 to Chelsea Taylor and Rachel Gould, giving the Saints a 3-0 lead going into singles play.
The Bobcats got top-heavy singles wins, taking half of the six bouts. Danna got revenge on de Cuba, winning 6-3 and 6-4 and improving to 5-3 for the season. Barksdale outlasted Pfeiffer going 6-3, 5-7 and 6-2, while Lion also went three sets beating Figueroa 6-3, 3-6 and 6-3.
In the No. 4 position, Saviano held Lingner down 6-3 and 6-0. Mosa lost 6-2 and 6-1 to Deon Miller, while in the sixth spot, Acuna fell 6-1 and 6-0 to Taylor.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 13 hosting No. 35 Lander University at 1 p.m. at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
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