October 10, 2008

Short-Handed Bobcats Kick Off GCSU Fall Women’s Championships

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - With just three Bobcats doing battle, the Georgia College & State University women's tennis team started the 17th Annual GCSU Fall Women's Championships with plenty of wins today (Oct. 10).

Six teams converge on the Centennial Center Tennis Facility until Sunday, as joining the Bobcats are Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Florida Tech, the University of Tampa, and Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foes Augusta State University and Lander University.

Senior Marjorie Ceppo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) is the lone Flight-A Singles entry for Georgia College, and she worked her way into the semifinals with a win today (6-1, 6-1) over Vuokko Vahatalo of Lander.

The other two Bobcats were put in the Flight-B Singles draw. Sophomore Bertille Lion (Saint Cyr, France) buzzed through her two matches today, beating ABAC's Lauren Smith by shutout and dropping Tampa's Kourtney Stark 6-4, 6-4. Lion will return to action in the semifinal round tomorrow.

Senior Gabby Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) battled for a three-set win (6-4, 3-6, 6-1) over Nicola James of Lander. Tampa's Victoria Bell ended Acuna's run in the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 bout.

The lone Bobcat doubles team of Ceppo and Lion was put in the Flight-A bracket, making short work of Tampa's Stark and Mary Slade by 8-2 tally. Ceppo and Lion start in the semifinals tomorrow.

The tournament runs through Sunday.

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