#40 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Upsets #33 Flagler, 5-4

Junior Paula Garriga
Junior Paula Garriga

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 40 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (9-5, 3-1 PBC) made its presence known in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play Wednesday, dropping No. 33 Flagler College (8-8, 5-2 PBC) 5-4 at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

The Bobcats took two of the three doubles bouts. The Bobcat second doubles pairing of Kristen Jones (Marietta) and Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) made short work of Felicitas Runkel and Sofia Vagaja, 8-1. Jones and Richter evened out their record at 4-4 on the season.

Next came third doubles, where Emma Niemi (Cumming) and Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) beat Alessandra Traub and Anika Nissen 8-5. Niemi and Garriga are now 4-3 this year.

The lone doubles loss came in the first slot, where Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) were edged by Lizanne Jinkertz and Camila Ramazzini.

The first two singles finishes went to Georgia College. Jones was again the first to finish, clearing out Traub 6-3, 6-2. Jones is 8-3 with wins in five straight. Richter came up with a victory in the third slot, downing Ramazzini 6-3, 7-5. The Bobcat freshman remains perfect at 11-0. Kelly stumbled against No. 54 Jinkertz in the first slot by a pair of 6-3 sets.

Garriga then clinched the team win, beating Paloma Martinez in fifth singles 6-2, 6-3 to improve to 11-1. The Saints got the final two finishes, as No. 63 Runkel beat Lopez in the second slot 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 and Nissen topped Niemi 4-6, 6-0, 10-3 on the sixth line.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 30 at 1 p.m., playing host to Francis Marion University.

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