#31 GC Women’s Tennis Gets Hard-Fought 5-4 Win at #33 Wingate

Junior Jena Kelly
Junior Jena Kelly

WINGATE, N.C. – The No. 31 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (11-7) took down South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Champions No. 33 Wingate University (16-3) 5-4 Wednesday on the road.

Georgia College swept doubles play for the first time since a March 15 win over Concord University. The second doubles pairing of Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) and Hannah Serdinia (Suwanee, Georgia) had the most convincing win, taking out Andrea Ternera and Sydney Homan 8-3. Polk and Serdinia evened their doubles record out at 9-9.

Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) followed with an 8-5 win over Oroma Womeodu and Maria Garcia in the first line. The Georgia College first doubles team improves to 11-7 on the season. Kristen Jones (Marietta, Georgia) teamed with Camilla Negrini (Milan, Italy) to complete the sweep with an 8-6 win over Layla Tanik and Claudia De Andreis.

Wingate got a win in the first singles match to finish, as Elena Pellegrini defeated Negrini by retirement in the third line after the first set. Polk got the Bobcats back on the winning side in first singles, controlling De Andreis 6-3, 6-1.

The Bulldogs pulled the team match to 4-2 by getting a win in fifth singles, Niemi falling to Tanik 6-1, 6-2. Fresh off picking up her 100th career victory at the University of Montevallo over the weekend, Kelly clinched the team match with a 6-4, 7-5 result over Ternera in second singles, the Bobcat junior improving to 9-7 on the year.

Wingate took the final two bouts in fourth and sixth singles, as Womeodu beat Serdinia and Homan topped Jones, both in three-set matches.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m., traveling to Francis Marion University. They return home Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. for Senior Day against Flagler College.

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