FLORENCE, S.C. – No. 5-seed Georgia College Women's Tennis (13-8) upset the No. 4-seed USC Aiken (14-4) then lost to No. 1-seed Columbus State University (21-4) Saturday at a rain-shortened Peach Belt Conference Tennis Championship.
The Bobcats beat USCA 4-1 before getting shut out by the defending PBC Champion Cougars.
The Quarterfinal Match started with GC in a 1-0 hole after dropping the doubles point. The Pacers got the points they needed in the first and second slots. On the top line, senior Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) and freshman Emma Fleming (Suwanee, Georgia) fell to Elena Bompieri and Teresa Franco Dias 6-3. Then in the second slot, sophomore Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and freshman Jordan Bowie (Macon, Georgia) dropped a 6-4 bout to Alice Neves and Victoria Giannaccini.
Down 1-0, GC quickly evened it out with a clinic in singles. No. 48 Lopez beat Giannaccini 6-2, 6-1 in the second flight. Next, Bowie topped Rebekka Heigermoser 6-3, 7-5 in the sixth slot.
Senior Paula Garriga (Barcelona, Spain) kept the run going with a 7-5, 6-4 result over Edith Croda in the fifth slot. Fleming then clinched the match in fourth singles by edging Karina Blas 7-6, 7-5.
The victory set up a bout with the No. 1-seed Cougars after CSU buzzed through Lander 4-0 in the Quarterfinals.
Again the Bobcats dropped the doubles point, but not without a fight. Lopez and Fleming teamed for a 6-1 domination in the first slot, taking down Marleen Tilgner and Luise Sachs. CSU got its own 6-1 result in the third spot, where Garriga and Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) lost to Natalia Kattah Paz and Candice Paya.
The doubles point was decided in the second slot, as Richter and Bowie dropped a hard-fought 6-3 match to Beatriz Lopez and Noa Davico.
Paz doubled the CSU advantage with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Bowie in sixth singles. Next came a 6-2, 6-0 win for Paya over Yatribi in the third slot. The match came to a close in the first slot, featuring a ranked battle. No. 31 Tilgner beat No. 67 Richter 6-2, 6-1 for the team shutout.
The loss brings a close to the PBC Tournament run for GC in 2019. The Bobcats now await at-large selections to the NCAA Southeast Regional, to be announced May 7.
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