No. 19 Women’s Tennis Holds off Valdosta, Starts Season with 5-4 win

By Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant

VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College women's tennis team (1-0) started the season off with a 5-4 win Wednesday afternoon when they took on Valdosta State University (0-1).

The Bobcats had a bit of help as illness put Valdosta at five players and forced them to forfeit a doubles and singles match, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead from the start.

Senior Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) added to the lead with an 8-4 win in the first doubles position against Michelle Fischer and Alina Nagel.

May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) and Leah Pridgeon (Lawrenceville, Ga.) pushed the Bobcats to a 4-0 advantage with a 9-7 victory over Juliana Boehm and Laura Ubeda.

The Blazers would fight back in singles play. Ivana Marevic (Rottweill, Germany) fell to Fischer 6-1, 6-0 in the first singles spot and in the fourth spot Pridgeon lost to Boehm 6-2, 6-3 to push the score to 4-2.

Barksdale fell to Ubeda in the third spot 6-3, 6-2 and Johnson fell to Nagel 6-2, 6-3 to bring the score even at 4-4.

The freshman Krupp would face off against a junior in Tuggle for the deciding match. Krupp would make quick work in the first set 6-2, but would be pushed to the brink in the second set before coming away with a 7-6 victory after three tiebreakers.

The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 9 when they travel to Savannah, Ga. for a neutral site matchup against No. 12 Saint Leo University.

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