by Sara Roberts, sports information student assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced the 2014 Women's Tennis Tournament bracket, set to run Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19 in Florence, S.C. The Georgia College women, seeded No. 5 in the tournament, are scheduled to play the Francis Marion University Patriots, seeded No. 4, Thursday at 8 a.m.
The GC women faced Francis Marion earlier this year and fell short in a 5-3 battle. Should the Bobcats defeat the Patriots, their next round is scheduled for Friday, April 18 at 8 a.m. against either the No. 1 seed Armstrong, or USC Aiken seeded at No. 8.
The second half of the bracket consists of matches with No. 3-seed Flagler College against No. 6-seed Lander University, and No. 2-seed Columbus State University against No. 7-seed University of Montevallo. All eight teams vie for the PBC's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
Georgia College is led by a mixture of youth and experience, as Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) is the lone senior. Marevic is 12-6 in singles action this season, mainly at the third slot. Freshman Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Ga.) owns a 13-7 mark, all coming at first singles. The team's best singles record comes from her sister, Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs, Ga.) at 17-4, primarily in the fourth slot.
Head coach Steve Barsby switched up the doubles pairings late in the season with the most successful active duo being Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) and Cristalei Polk, owning a 6-1 mark in the third slot.
The Bobcats have won three titles in the PBC Tournament, and hope to bring home the first one in more than 10 years. Last season, Georgia College took fourth, beating Clayton State University 5-4 in the first round, before losing 5-0 to eventual champion Armstrong in the semifinals. The tournament ended for the Bobcats with a 5-0 loss to Francis Marion University in the third-place match.
Revenge on the Bobcats' minds, the PBC Tournament begins Thursday at 9 a.m. Visit the tournament page here: http://peachbelt.com/Tournaments/14Tennistournament/index
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