#30 Bobcat Women Devour Saints to Clinch PBC Tourney Berth, 7-2

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 30 Georgia College women's tennis team (10-9, 5-5 PBC) picked up a solid win Monday afternoon to clinch a berth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament, dismantling the Saints of North Georgia (6-14, 1-8 PBC) 7-2 at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. 

The Bobcat rout began with the doubles portion of the match where the tandem of May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) defeated Audrey Marlette and Jordan Poole 8-3 at the second position. 

At the third doubles slot Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) made quick work of Maria Casseres and Nela Handac in an 8-0 victory, while Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio (Paris) and Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) won a hard-fought match over Natalia Escobar and Juliana Moscoso-Chiang at the top spot, 9-8. 

Barksdale picked up right where she left off in doubles action, defeating Marlette in a straight-set shutout at the third singles position. The win improves her singles record to 15-4 on the year, which is tops on the team. 

At the top singles slot, Johnson dropper just a single game to Escobar in a 6-1, 6-0 win to clinch the team win. Then, Marevic quickly defeated Moscoso-Chiang via shutout at the second singles position. 

Pridegon took down Poole at the fourth singles slot by a score of 6-2, 6-2. The victory gave Pridegon her 10th singles victory of the year. 

The 'Cats lost by default at the fifth position and Sara Roberts (Kennesaw, Ga.) took the loss at the final spot 6-1, 6-3 against Casseres. 

With the home portion of the 2012 schedule at an end, the Georgia College women will head to No. 40 Augusta State University Friday, April 13 for another important PBC matchup. 

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