February 17, 2012

#16 GC Women’s Tennis Takes Out UNCP, Clark Atlanta in Sweep

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College women's tennis team (3-0, 1-0 PBC) picked up a pair of wins Friday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility, starting the day with a 9-0 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory over UNC Pembroke (2-2, 0-1 PBC) followed by an 8-1 win over Clark Atlanta University (0-4).

GC started the PBC season off on the right foot, blanking UNC Pembroke in running away with the opener. May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) teamed with Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) for a first doubles win, taking out Mia Winterbottom and Hannah Herlocker 8-3.

The most convincing win came from the second slot, as Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) and Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) defeated Leigh-Anne McAfee and Shelby Bickel 8-2. Newcomers Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added an 8-3 victory over Madeline DiNunzio and Monica Espitia in the third slot.

Barksdale added a singles win in the fourth slot via shutout over Bickel, and Setyon-Ortenzio nearly followed suit in the second slot with a 6-1, 6-1 working of McAfee in second singles.

Johnson battled to take a second set, going 6-0 then 7-5 in defeating Winterbottom in the first slot, while in third singles action, Marevic defeated Herlocker handily 6-0, 6-3. A victory from Pridgeon came in fifth singles by identical 6-4 sets, and Lingner battled back from dropping the first set 2-6 for a 6-1, 10-7 finale.

In the second match, GC took the first and third doubles matches. Barksdale and Setyon-Ortenzio moved to first doubles for an 8-1 drubbing of Casey Dawson and Ivory Conley. Johnson teamed with a different partner in Sara Roberts (Kennesaw, Ga.) and won in the third slot 8-3 over Keva Palmer and Vanessa Jean-Baptiste.

The lone loss of the match came at second doubles, where Pridgeon and Marevic lost to Brionne Bachus and Munashe Makuni in a tight 8-6 battle.

In singles action, GC only surrendered 20 games. Johnson made quick work of Jean-Baptiste 6-2, 6-0, and Setyon-Ortenzio added a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Makuni in the tightest singles work. Maravic posted a shutout of Dawson, and in the fourth slot a 6-3, 6-2 victory came for Barksdale over Palmer.

Pridgeon put up a 6-2 and was up 1-0 before Bachus retired, and in the sixth slot, Roberts took out Conley 6-3, 6-2.

After the day's action Johnson and Barksdale both lead the team in singles wins at 3-0, while the lone 3-0 squad for doubles is the Barksdale/Setyon-Ortenzio pairing.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m., hosting No. 3 Armstrong.

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