by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MACON, Ga. – The No. 31 Georgia College & State University women’s tennis team (4-6) collected its second shutout of the season Friday, beating Tuskegee University 9-0. The Bobcats defeated Clark-Atlanta University 9-0 in the season opener Feb. 7.
In doubles action, the Bobcat French duo of senior Diane Danna (Paris) and junior Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) improved to 6-4, overpowering Shaneka Knight and Constanza Aranda 8-3. Slotted second, Georgia College freshmen Kayla Barksdale (Martinez, Ga.) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) beat Sunny Willoughby and Jazmine Scott 8-2. The Bobcats claimed third doubles by default, giving them a 3-0 lead going into singles play.
At first singles, Barksdale swept Knight 6-1 and 6-2, improving to 5-4 for the 2010 campaign. Lion blanked Aranda in a pair of 6-0 sets, giving the Bobcat a 6-3 record, while Lingner overwhelmed Willoughby 6-0 and 6-1. In the fourth position, Georgia College freshman Linda Mosa (Stockholm, Sweden) split the first two sets with Scott, going 4-6 and 6-0. Mosa then claimed the tiebreaker 10-3. At fifth singles, Adriana Acuna (Peachtree City, Ga.) downed the Golden Bears’ Monique Foote 6-1 and 6-0. Georgia College won six singles by default for the 9-0 victory.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, March 24 against the University of North Alabama, traveling to Pensacola, Fla. for the White Sands Tournament.
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