by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 30 Georgia College women's tennis squad (8-8) trounced the Lindenwood University Lions (1-12) Friday morning, 9-0.
Domination despite a slight mix in partners helped the Bobcats take an early 3-0 lead after doubles. May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Leah Pridegon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) played in the second slot and made quick work of Rachel Bailey and Sarah Sharpe in a shutout. Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Sarah Roberts (Kennesaw, Ga.) followed up with a stellar performance of their own, blanking Shreeja Karki and Lindsey Wolfgang.
The Bobcats continued to dominate in singles action. Marevic and Barksdale both won their sets without surrendering a game against Brigitte Bustamante and Sharpe, respectively. Setyon-Ortenzio finished off Mariona Pinol, 6-0, 6-3 and Johnson toppled Adela Slovakova, 6-3, 6-0.
Pridgeon edged out Bailey in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. To cap it off, freshman Anna Hicks (Brunswick, Ga.) recorded her first career GC singles victory, taking down Karki in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
With the singles wins, Barksdale maintains her team lead with a 12-4 mark, while Johnson joins her in double-digit wins with a 10-4 record. The top doubles pairing remains Setyon-Ortenzio and Barksdale, now improving to 11-5 this season.
The GC women play again tomorrow, March 31 against No. 1 BYU-Hawaii set to start at 9 p.m. central time in the final day of the Spring Break trip.
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