GC Women’s Tennis Drops PBC Tournament Opener to FMU, 5-4

FLORENCE, S.C. – The score couldn't have gotten tighter, as No. 5-seed Georgia College women's tennis (16-7) was edged by No. 4-seed Francis Marion University (14-5) 5-4 Wednesday in the opening round of the 2014 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.

The Bobcats fall to the backdraw, and will take on No. 8-seed USC Aiken today. FMU continues forward to face No. 1-seed Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Georgia College started in a 2-1 hole after doubles, picking up a victory in the third slot.

Katie Krupp (Evans, Ga.) and Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs, Ga.) paired for a shutout win over Veronika Viegas and Savanna Summers. The third doubles squad for Georgia College now owns a 7-1 record.

Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bourdeaux, France) gave the No. 16 doubles squad of Julia Graf and Nora Westbye all they could handle in an 8-6 loss in the first slot to even the match up. FMU's first lead took a tiebreak, 9-8 (7-3) as Samantha Koelliker and Kimberley Hurter beat Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee, Ga.).

Krupp tied the match 2-2 with a shutout win over Summers in the sixth slot, while Serdinia followed suit with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the fifth spot over Viegas for a 3-2 team lead. Krupp improves to 11-5, while Serdinia is now 15-5.

Macy Polk put Georgia College up 4-2 with a win over Koelliker in straight 6-3 sets, giving the Bobcat All-PBC honoree a 14-7 record. Backs against the wall, the Patriots responded with three straight victories for the come-from-behind win.

Marevic fell in three to Westbye 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. The equalizer came from second singles in another three-setter, as Graf nipped Clausse-Pujo 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. The fifth and deciding point came from fourth singles, as Hurter beat Cristalei Polk 6-3, 7-6 (11-9).

The Bobcats now take on the Pacers this afternoon. Georgia College beat USCA 5-1 less than a week ago on April 12.

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