April 6, 2010

#30 Bobcat Women’s Tennis Battles #12 Lakers in Loss, 6-3

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 30 Georgia College & State University women’s tennis team (8-9, 4-6 PBC) fell 6-3 Tuesday to No. 12 Clayton State University (12-4, 9-2 PBC) at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

In first doubles action, Clayton State’s Ivana Kommelova and Viktorya Semyrodenko defeated Diane Danna (Paris) and Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) 8-4. The Bobcat French duo fall to 9-8 overall this season and 5-5 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play.

The Lakers also claimed wins in second and third doubles, as Kayla Barksdale (Matinez, Ga.) teamed with Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Linda Mosa (Stockholm, Sweden) joined forces with Adriana Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.), respectively. Both Bobcat pairs fell 8-1, giving the Lakers a 3-0 lead going into singles action.

Slotted fourth, Lingner lost 6-0, 6-1 to Marie Cercelletti, while Mosa repeated that score, falling to Evelin Csizi, giving the Lakers the five team points necessary for the win. Barksdale was then overpowered by No. 37-ranked Katie White in the second slot before the ‘Cats started picking up wins.

In the sixth singles position, Acuna downed Jessica Budd 6-1, 6-4, as the Bobcat sophomore moved to 6-8 this season. At first singles, the No. 48-ranked Danna sought revenge on Semyrodenko, beating the No. 43 ranked player 6-3, 2-6 and 10-4. Lion lost her first set in the third slot, falling 6-2, then bounced back for a hard-fought 7-5 and 10-8 for the win. Lion owns the team lead in victories at 12-4 overall, with Danna one slot behind at 11-4.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, April 7 hosting Brenau University at 2 p.m.

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