#19 GC Women’s Tennis Drops First Match of Season to #14 Valdosta State, 5-4

Emma Niemi won her singles match against Valdosta State.

Full Results: http://gcbobcats.com/sports/wten/2016-17/files/GCW-2.xtg

By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – No. 19 Georgia College Women's Tennis (1-1) dropped its first match of the 2017 spring season to the No. 14 Valdosta State University Blazers (2-1), 5-4. The Bobcats rallied after finishing doubles with a 0-3 deficit, but the hosts came one match short of a second non-conference victory.

Macy Polk (Powder Springs) and Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee) came the closest in doubles play. The duo started the second line against Daniella Barta and Sabrina Schimdt and fought with the Blazer pair for a constant close match. The Bobcats ended up losing in the tiebreaker, 8-9.

Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) got the first point for the Bobcats after she routed her singles opponent – 6-4, 6-0. Her win made the day's score 1-5 after Polk and Serdinia lost their singles matches. Polk fell in the first line – 6-1, 6-1, and Serdinia inched a bit closer to her Blazer foe, finishing 6-4, 6-3.

The Bobcats swept the rest of their Valdosta opponents after Kelly's match. Emma Niemi (Cumming) got the next win – 6-4, 6.3. Camilla Negrini (Milan, Italy) won in a neck-and-neck tiebreaker – 7-5, 4-6 and 10-8. Kirsten Jones (Marietta) finished the day for the Bobcats, winning 6-1, 6-2. 

Next up, the ladies host Young Harris College for the first Peach Belt Conference game of the season Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. The men's and women's doubleheader will also serve as Bobcat Tennis' Sea of Green match. 

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.