#26 Bobcat Women Lose Nail Biter to North Alabama, 5-4

PENSACOLA, Fla. The No. 26 Georgia College women's tennis team (11-5) faced another tough opponent in the University of North Alabama (10-3) Sunday morning in the final match at the White Sands Invitational, dropping the bout by the slimmest of margins 5-4.

The Bobcats quickly found themselves in a hole after the doubles portion, 2-1. Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) finished up first and got GC's only win in first doubles, beating out Victoria Rees and Bruna Vieira, 8-5. The Bobcats' first doubles pair is now in double digits with 10 wins on the season, including six straight.

GC suffered two tough losses  as May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) fell in a heartbreaker to Mackenzie Bishop and Madison Patey, 9-7. Lisa Setyon (Paris, France) and Kelly Edwards (Roswell, Ga.) suffered GC's second loss, falling to Teresa Franco and Lenka Hola, 9-7.

The Lions would hold that lead through the singles matches, winning, 4-2. Barksdale won the first match in singles for the Bobcats, downing Vieira, 6-2, 6-0 to tie the match at two apiece. Setyon won her match against Franco, 6-2, 6-3 and Lingner blew out Patey playing out of the sixth spot, 6-1, 6-2. GC fell in their next two matches. Lion was defeated by Rees, 6-4, 6-0 and Lochner lost to Hola, 6-0, 6-1.

The Bobcats would be all square going into the final match of the day as Johnson squared off against Bishop for the win, in a match where it would take three long sets and a tie-breaker to decide. Unfortunately Johnson dropped the match 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.

This match concludes the Bobcats' spring break trip to Pensacola, Fla. where the Bobcats went 2-2. GC will travel to No. 12 Clayton State University Wednesday, March 30, slated for 2:30 p.m.

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