MACON, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Tennis team took on a primarily Division I field in the Mercer Gridiron Classic Friday, hosted by Mercer University. The Bobcats were divided into multiple singles and doubles divisions, all with Canadian Football League titles.
In the "Alouettes Division" newcomer Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) beat Christina Perez Martin of Division I Kennesaw State University 7-6, 6-2 in the opener. The Bobcat rookie then fell to Mercer's Celine Scheppers, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, taking the Division I player to three sets.
In the "Stampeders Division" newcomer Paula Garriga (Centelles, Spain) beat Mirna Curcic of Division I Alabama State University 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. The Bobcat then fell to No. 1-seed Daniela Lopez of Emory University. Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) also nabbed a first-round victory 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 over Elena Tendero of Division I Jacksonville State University. Lopez followed that up with an upset of No. 2-seed Emilia Bujan of Division I Georgia Southern University. Lopez battles Grace Korta of Mercer in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
In the "Blue Bombers Division" senior Emma Niemi (Cumming) fell to Avery Hunter of Florida Southern College 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles play was split in two divisions, the Bobcats submitting teams to each.
In the "Argonauts Division" Kelly and Lopez teamed for a 6-4 win over Ulanday and Monsalve of JSU. The Bobcat pair was then upended in round two by Division I Troy University's No. 2-seed of Karaky and Ohta.
In the "Roughriders Division" Richter and Garriga fell 6-1 to Hebeaut and Machisa of Division I Florida A&M.
Play continues for Lopez tomorrow, Oct. 7 in Macon.
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