FLORENCE, S.C. – The No. 25 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (15-7) took the fight to No. 3 Columbus State University (22-2) Sunday, falling 5-1 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship game.
The Bobcats, playing in the title match for the first time since 2003, dropped two of three doubles bouts to start.
In the first slot, Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) dropped an 8-3 bout to Candice Paya and Natalia Kattah Paz. Third doubles was a defeat as well, with Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) and Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) taking an 8-3 loss from Marleen Tilgner and Giorgia Vitale.
Needing three points from singles for the clinch, CSU got them in the third, fourth and sixth slots. In third singles, Vitale topped Richter 6-2, 6-0. Fourth singles brought a 6-1, 6-2 loss for Jones to No. 62 Paya. In sixth singles, Niemi lost to Luise Sachs in a pair of 6-2 sets.
The Bobcats now await the at-large selections to the NCAA Southeast Regional sites, with the selection show coming Tuesday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
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