#16 GC Women Slip Up at #9 Clayton State, 7-2

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

MORROW, Ga.  – The No. 16 Georgia College women's tennis squad (5-5, 2-4 PBC) grabbed a quick 2-1 lead after doubles action, but were unable to keep up falling 7-2 at No. 9 Clayton State (4-5, 3-1 PBC) in a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) match Sunday afternoon. 

GC was quick out of the gate, picking up a pair of wins in the doubles portion of the match. May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) defeated Martina Dedaj and Jessica Budd 9-7 at the first spot, while Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) also won 8-3 over Marie Cercelletti and Hannah Keeling. 

The Lakers would steal the lone doubles victory from Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) who fell to Charlotte Fabricius and Alyze' Pagal 8-6 at the third spot. 

Unfortunately, the 'Cats were unable to pick up any more wins on the day as the Lakers swept the singles portion of the match. 

Marevic battled Dedaj in a three-set thriller, eventually falling 3-6, 6-3 6-4, while Setyon-Ortenzio also battled to a 6-0, 7-6 defeat at the hands of Cercellati. 

Budd was able to handle Pridgeon at the No. 5 position, holding her off 7-5, 6-4. Johnson was taken out by Keeling 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 position, as was Barksdale by Fabricius 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 slot. 

Rounding out the scoring for the Lakers was Pagal who defeated Lingner 6-4, 6-1 at the sixth slot. 

The Bobcat women will look to rebound Tuesday, March 20 when they travel to Lander University at 2:30 p.m. in a crucial PBC meeting.