Bobcat Women’s Tennis Has Successful First Day of GC Fall Championships

Senior Jena Kelly
Senior Jena Kelly

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Four singles players and two doubles pairings are still alive for Georgia College Women's Tennis after day one of the GC Fall Championships Friday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

Top seed Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) held true in her lone match, shutting down Lander University's Lindsey Wiggins 6-0, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Newcomer Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) picked up two wins in today's action, beating Laura Cocoma of Middle Georgia State University 6-4, 6-0 and Lander's Nelli Lius by a pair of 6-1 efforts. Lopez awaits teammate Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) in the quarterfinals, after Richter dispatched MGSU's Julieta Lecce 6-0, 6-3.

In the other half of the bracket, newcomer Paula Garriga (Centelles, Spain) beat Lander's Lucia Ric 6-1, 6-0. In other Bobcat singles, senior Emma Niemi (Cumming) edged MGSU's Jaqueline Heer 6-7, 6-0, 11-9 and then fell to Heer's teammate Franziska Nobis in a pair of 6-4 sets.

In doubles play, the Bobcats have two semifinal-bound pairings. Kelly and Lopez are through after beating Lecce and Daniela Nino of MGSU. Garriga and Niemi teamed for an 8-4 win to get past Lander's Ric and Isabella Schulz.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, finishing the fall tournament.

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