#16 Bobcat Women Upended by #13 Saints, 6-3

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 16 Georgia College women's tennis team dropped their second-straight Peach Belt Conference (PBC) match against No. 13 Flagler College by a score of 6-3 Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

GC battled back from an early 2-1 deficit following the doubles portion of the match, picking up a victory from No.2 singles player Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris), who defeated Flagler's Jennifer Saviano 7-5, 6-4.

Junior Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) also notched a win for the 'Cats, beating Rachel Gould 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles slot. The duo of Barksdale and Setyon-Ortenzio grabbed an 8-4 victory over Veronica Figueroa and Saviano in doubles action, as they accounted for all of GC's scoring.

The No.1 team of May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) ran into a tough combo in Flagler's Gould and Barbora Sebkova, dropping a close match 9-7.

At No. 3 doubles, Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) fell to Krista Ingrilli and Esther Santiago by a score of 8-4.

Georgia College didn't fare much better in the rest of the singles portion, with Johnson dropping her match 6-3, 7-5 against Figueroa at the No. 1.

Marevic tested Saviano at the No. 3 position in a grueling 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 match, but fell just short. Pridegon would also go the distance in her match with Gould at the No. 6 singles slot, but was unable to rally as she lost 6-0, 2-6, 6-1.

Ingrili would round out the scoring for the Saints, winning the final match over Lingner 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 6 spot.

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