Bobcat Freshmen Continue to Impress at Womens Fall Championship
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - In day two of the 17th Annual Windstream/Georgia College & State University Women's Tennis Fall Championship rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the Bobcats, as two singles and two doubles team won titles.
Georgia College also another freshman win the consolation draw in her respective flight. Four of the top squads in southeast collegiate tennis converged on the Centennial Center Tennis Facility this weekend, as joining the Bobcats were Augusta State University, Lander University, ABAC and the University of Tampa.
Freshman Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) defeated Lander's Caitlin Fell 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to be crowned the winner of Flight ‘B' singles. Barksdale beat Luiza Pires of Augusta State in the semifinals 6-1, 6-3.
Classmates Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Linda Mosa (Stockholm, Sweden) met in the finals of Flight ‘C' after Lingner took down Tampa's Lisa Montgomery in straight 6-1 sets and Mosa defeated Marley Myers of ABAC 6-2, 6-2. In the final showdown between the two Bobcats, Lingner came out on top 7-6, 6-2.
In ‘B' Doubles, the duo of Lingner and Barksdale captured two victories to win the championship. In the semis, the Bobcat twosome defeated Montogmery and Ryan of Tampa 8-2. Then, in the finals Lingner and Barksdale blanked another Spartan duo of Molly Welsh and Ally Wooten 8-0.
The ‘A' Doubles had a different story. Due to a second delay of inclement weather a coin flip determined the winner of a semifinal match between Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) and Mara Rojas (Colonia Caroya, Argentina) and Tampa's Victoria Bell and Nikol Williams. A tiebreaking flip was sent in the air as Tampa called heads, and when it stopped spinning a tails was showing giving the Bobcats a 9-8 win. The Bobcats then won the flight due to the team of Victoria Linqvist and Bianca Machado withdrawing at the onset of the second weather delay.
In other action, Lion fell 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to Machado in the finals of Flight ‘A' after beating Bell 6-2, 7-6. Also, in the consolation draw, Rojas defeated Eliza Adusumilli 7-5, 6-3.
The conclusion of the tournament ends the fall season for the Bobcat women.
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