by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) has announced the bracket for the 2009 PBC Women's Tennis Tournament which starts Friday, April 17 at the Clayton County Tennis Center in Jonesboro, Ga. The tourney is hosted by Clayton State University with all 11 PBC schools competing for the conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The PBC tournament will be one of the premier Division II women's events in the nation with six teams ranked in the latest ITA national poll. PBC singles players also account for more than 25 percent of the top 50 ranked players in the country.
Armstrong Atlantic State University is the overall No. 1 seed. The defending DII National Champions won their 15th PBC regular season championship.
Day one will see three matches all starting at 11 a.m. The first match has No. 8 seed, USC Aiken, fighting against the No. 9 seed, UNC Pembroke. Match two pits No. 6 seed, Georgia College & State University, against No. 11 Georgia Southwestern. The last match of the day has No. 7 Lander University playing No. 10 North Georgia.
Saturday, April 18 No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic will face the winner of the 8/9 matchup at 8 a.m. No. 4 Clayton State University matches up against No. 5 Augusta State University at 8 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m. the No. 3 Francis Marion University will face the winner of the GCSU and GSW match. No. 2 Columbus State University faces the winner of the 7/10 matchup.
The championship match will be Sunday, April 19 at noon.
No. 22 Georgia College was 8-9 in the spring 2009 season with a 5-5 mark in the PBC.
The Bobcats are led by senior Marjorie Ceppo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) who ranks as the No. 47 player in the nation ranked by Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and No. 12 in the Southeast Region.
Ceppo was 9-8 at first singles on the season. Ceppo's doubles partner, Gabby Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) enters the PBC Tourney with an 8-9 singles mark and the duo post a 7-10 record. Gabby Acuna plays fourth singles for the Bobcats. The twosome also rank No. 10 in doubles in the Southeast Region.
The Bobcats breezed through the Hurricanes earlier this season 9-0 in Americus, Ga. The closet match came at first singles where Ceppo defeated Leady Cuellar, older sister of Bobcats' Cuellar, 7-5, 6-1. All other matches saw a decisive Bobcat victory.
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