#26 GC Women’s Tennis Starts Season with Win over GRU Augusta, 7-2

Sophomore Cristalei Polk provided the clinching point for the team victory.
Sophomore Cristalei Polk provided the clinching point for the team victory.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Starting the 2015 season, the home opener and the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opener all in the same match, the No. 26 Georgia College women's tennis team (1-0, 1-0 PBC) had a dominant 7-2 performance over GRU Augusta (2-1, 0-1 PBC) Thursday at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.

The Bobcats started with a 2-1 lead after doubles, picking up victories in the first and second slots. Macy Polk (Powder Springs) and Emma Niemi (Cumming) provided the first result in third doubles, topping Gisela Font and Maria Pimentel 8-3.

Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bourdeaux, France) and Kristen Jones (Marietta) added a victory by the same score in first doubles over Marie Vin and Monica Gonzalez. The Jaguars' lone doubles point came in a tiebreak, as Katie Krupp (Evans) and Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville) battled Aida Castany and Maria Nadal in a 9-8(2) loss.

Singles action started with Jones beating Castany 6-0, 6-3 in the third slot, with Macy Polk following shortly behind on a 6-1, 6-3 drubbing of Font in second singles.

The point to clinch the team victory came off the racket of sophomore Cristalei Polk (Powder Springs) in sixth singles by a pair of 6-1 sets over Amelia Pinoargote. Niemi was next with her first dual-season singles win, beating Nadal 7-5, 6-0 in the fifth spot.

Clausse-Pujo had little trouble with Gonzalez in the first slot, a 6-2, 6-4 win for the Bobcat. GRU's lone singles point came last in fourth singles, when Kelly retired in the second set. Pimentel was up 7-5, 2-2 when the match closed.

The Bobcats now own five-match winning streaks in both home openers and conference openers.

Georgia College hits the road Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m., traveling to No. 30 Flagler College.

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