MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The #25 Georgia College Women's Tennis team (2-0) stormed back from a deficit after doubles, sweeping all six singles matches to defeat Brenau University (0-2) 6-1 Friday afternoon at the Centennial Center Tennis Facility.
Doubles action saw the contest swing Brenau's way after a pair of tight doubles matches were claimed by the Golden Tigers.
The lone doubles win came in dominant fashion, as Emma Fleming (Suwanee) and Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) made quick work of Kirsten Dickins and Valentine Pabon, 6-1 in the third slot. However, Brenau answered with a victory in the first and second to claim what would be their only point of the day. Evelin Gouveia and Juana Zambrano combined to edge Paula Garriga (Centelles, Spain) and Jordan Bowie (Macon) 6-4 in the second slot. Peeraya Charoensirisutthik and Rebecca Pijls closed things out with a narrow 7-6 victory over Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) in the first.
Trailing 1-0, the Bobcat women turned their performances up a notch, sweeping all six singles matches in impressive fashion.
Flemming evented the team score at one-all with a 6-3, 6-0 showing versus Gouveia in the fifth slot. In the sixth slot, Bowie gave the Bobcats a lead they never relinquished, dominating Pabon 6-0, 6-2.
Top-flight singles featured another matchup between Richter and Charoensirisutthik. While Charoensirisutthik secured the victory in doubles, Richter changed the narrative, controlling Charoensirisutthik throughout a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
The match-winning point came in the fourth slot when Garriga outlasted Dickins after a long second-set. Garriga won the first set, 6-2 and the second, 7-5.
Lopez and Yatribi also claimed victories in their singles contests. Lopez outdueled Pijls 6-4, 6-3 in the second slot and Yatribi won a day-ending 10-point tie break against Zambrano after the first two sets were split, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.
With two home victories in a row to start the season, the Bobcat women hit the road Sunday, Feb. 10, travelling to Valdosta, Ga. to face Nova Southeastern at 1 p.m.
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