MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Taking on their first nationally-ranked opponent of the young season, the Georgia College Women's Tennis team (4-2) fell short in an upset bid to No. 20 Wingate University (8-2) 6-3 Sunday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
The Bulldogs took two of three in doubles play. Wingate grabbed the first point of the match with a finish on the second line, where Kristen Jones (Marietta) and Emma Niemi (Cumming) lost to Claudia De Andreis and Sydney Homan 8-4. An 8-6 loss for the Bobcats came in the third slot, where Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) dropped a match to Oroma Womeodu and Chyi Lee.
The first point came for the Bobcats in first doubles, where the nation's No. 16 pairing of Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) beat Michela Verpelli and Meredith Lee 8-4. Kelly and Lopez are now 5-1 on the year.
Richter improved to 6-0 and tied the match with the first singles finish, taking out Chyi Lee 7-5, 6-1 in third singles. Next came a second-singles finish, where Lopez lost to De Andreis 6-4, 6-2. Womeodu then beat Jones in fourth singles 6-2, 6-3.
The team-victory clinching point was in the first line, where Verpelli upset No. 33 Kelly 6-3, 6-4. Garriga gave the Bobcats their third team point by dominating Marisa Ostoja 6-1, 6-3 in fifth singles. The Bobcat junior remains undefeated on the season at 6-0. The sixth slot closed action, where Niemi fell short to Homan 6-0, 7-5.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 9 at 2 p.m., playing host to Queens University.
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