#31 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Takes Thriller from #29 North Georgia, 5-4

Junior Paula Garriga
Junior Paula Garriga

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The No. 31 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (11-5, 5-1 PBC) got an impressive singles rally to take down No. 29 University of North Georgia (12-4, 6-1 PBC) 5-4 Wednesday on the road.

The Bobcats dropped two of three doubles matches. Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) teamed for an 8-4 loss in the first slot to the nation's No. 18 duo in Felicia Baratta and Holly Bennett.

UNG took third doubles as well, as Adrienne Bofinger and Cibeles Zuddy sped past Emma Niemi (Cumming) and Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) 8-1.

The doubles victory came in the second line, where Kristen Jones (Marietta) and Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) improved to 5-4 when they outlasted Vaishali Jorge and Emma Etelalahti 9-7.

Richter evened the match at 2-2 with the first singles finish in the third slot, beating No. 74 Bennett 6-1, 6-2. Richter is a perfect 13-0 on the season in singles play. Next came Jones in fourth singles, getting her seventh-straight win via a pair of 6-3 sets from Jorge. UNG evened the bout again at 3-3 by taking second singles. Baratta beat Lopez there 6-4, 6-2.

No. 43 Kelly topped Bofinger in first singles, 7-6, 6-1. Garriga then clinched the team victory in the fifth slot, beating Zuddy 6-1, 6-2. Team win already in hand, Niemi lost to Lexa Loden 7-6, 7-5.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m., traveling to No. 3 Columbus State University.

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