by Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women’s tennis team goes into the 2011 spring season with high hopes and the same eight players that participated in the fall season.
The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) should be tough as always, with five teams ranked in the preseason top-16. Georgia College is ranked No. 30 in the nation. Much like the men, the women play a very tough schedule that includes seven teams in the top-20.
“We are a lot deeper than we were last year at this point,” said head coach Steve Barsby. “The girls worked very hard in the fall season with our conditioning program and everyone came back after the break in shape and ready to work hard.”
Bertille Lion (Lyon, France) is the only senior on the squad this season. Lion went 17-4 in singles, with 9-3 mark in PBC action. She teamed with Diane Danna for doubles, taking a 13-11 total record, including a 7-5 record for PBC play. Lion also received spot on the 2010 women's tennis All-PBC second team for doubles. “Bertille played very well in the fall and we hope she can continue her high level of play in the future.”
Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) had an 11-10 overall singles mark at third slot and was 6-6 in PBC play. Barksdale won the consolation title for Flight “A” at the Windstream GCSU Men's Fall Championship. May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) played at Temple University and went 15-6 in singles and was 6-0 in her conference. “May and Kayla have had a great fall and we hope that will carry over into the spring.”
Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) had a 7-16 singles record as a freshman and went 3-8 in PBC action. Kim Lochner (Neu-Isenburg, Germany) was named a PBC Presidential Scholar. Lochner had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules.
GC opens up their season Feb. 2 at home against Clark Atlanta at 3 p.m.
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