Bobcat Women’s Tennis Grabs Third Win of Week in 8-1 Victory Over Francis Marion

Senior Kristen Jones
Senior Kristen Jones

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College Women's Tennis team (10-5, 4-1 PBC) cruised to an 8-1 win over Francis Marion University (7-7, 1-5 PBC) at the Centennial Center Tennis Complex  on Friday afternoon.

The first doubles team of Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) needed a tiebreaking set to earn a point for the Bobcats as the Patriots' team of Sofia Henning and Anna Wintrich took Jones and Kelly to the wire in a 9-8 win for Georgia College. Kelly and Lopez are now 10-5 on the year in doubles action. 

Wins came in a more comfortable fashion for the Bobcats at second and third doubles.

The second doubles team of Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and Kristen Jones (Marietta, Ga.) took down the team of Marie Krueger and Lesshica Vala 8-4. The third doubles team of Emma Niemi (Cumming, Ga.) and Paula Garriga (Centelles, Spain) took a point for the Bobcats by the same score line against the team of Elisha Lang and Magan Head.

Georgia College continued a dominant performance in first singles as Kelly brought down Krueger 6-3, 1-6, 10-5. Krueger entered the day ranked 44th nationally in singles play.

Richter needed just two sets to grab a point at third singles, beating Anna Wintrich 6-1, 6-1. Richter is now a perfect 12-0 on the year. 

Jones outlasted Head in two sets, 6-1, 6-0 at fourth singles to pick up her sixth straight win.

Garriga beat Vala 6-4, 6-1 at fifth singles, and Niemi needed an extended tiebreak to take down Lang at sixth singles, 6-0, 6-7, 11-9. With the win Garriga is tied with Richter for the team lead in victories with 12.

Lopez was the only loss of the day for Georgia College, falling to Henning, 2-6, 7-5, 10-5.

The Bobcats picked up their third home win of the week against the Patriots. Georgia College faces a big test Wednesday, April 4 as they travel to No. 28 University North Georgia. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.

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