MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Women's Tennis (5-2) took down Queens University (4-1) 5-4 Friday in a crucial regional battle at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility. The Bobcats took the Nos. 3-4-5 singles bouts to nab the win.
The Bobcats led 2-1 after doubles. In a ranked battle, No. 16 Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) beat No. 21 Yana Fleyer and Sasha Davidzenka 8-5. The Bobcat first singles pair is now 6-1 on the year. In the third slot, Emma Niemi (Cumming) and Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) teamed for the first time this spring to beat Caroline Nielsen and Hannah Lehfeldt 8-6.
All but one singles result went the full three sets. Singles finishes came in first from the third slot, as the Bobcats took a 3-1 lead when Richter outlasted Davidzenka 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Richter has yet to fall in seven singles matches this season. Nassi upset No. 33 Kelly in the first slot 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. Jones put the team one point away with a victory over Nielsen in the fourth slot, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.
In second singles, Fleyer edged Lopez 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. Garriga then provided the team-victory clinching point with the only straight-set finish in singles for the day, 6-1, 6-4 over Lehfeldt. The Bobcat junior has been dominant in her first season, improving now to 7-0. Niemi came up short in a battle with Fornies in sixth singles 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 to close action.
The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m., playing host to Emmanuel College.
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