April 29, 2013

Bobcat Women Drop Regional Final to Armstrong, 6-0

SAVANNAH, Ga. –  The No. 4-seed Georgia College women's tennis team (16-12) finished off their 19th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament Monday morning with a 6-0 loss to the No. 1-seed Armstrong. (26-1). The last time a Georgia College women's tennis team did not make the NCAA Regional Tournament senior May Johnson (Sydney, Australia) was only five years old.

Senior Kayla Barksdale (Augusta, Ga.) and freshman Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) battled the No. 2 pairing in the nation in Aleksndra Filipovski and Barbora Krtickova. The Bobcat duo battled, taking numerous points, but eventually fell 8-0.

Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) teamed with underclassman Sarah Murray (Alpharetta, Ga.) for No. 3 doubles. They took on Natasa Vukovic and Clara Perez, seizing momentum early by taking an early game, but the Pirate tandem pulled away for an 8-2 victory.

Johnson and Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) battled the No. 6 doubles pair in the nation in Olga Kalodzitsa and Marlen Hacke. After the pirates took the first few games the Bobcats rallied back, taking three of their own. The Pirates would right the ship and pull away to an 8-3 victory.

The Bobcats entered singles play down 4-0 after putting in a forfeit at No. 6 singles. While the Pirates only needed one point to clinch a victory they would earn two, as Filipovski and Kalodzitsa each had simultaneous match points.

The Bobcats finish the season with a 16-12 record including a streak of 9-3 to end the regular season cementing  their spot in the regional tournament.

"It feels good to contribute and do our part for the streak," said Barksdale. "We weren't going to be the class to end it."

"It's really cool to think about all the other Georgia College teams that came before us and know that we didn't let them down," said Lingner. "It's nice to be a small part of such an amazing feat."

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