MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 41 Georgia College Women's Tennis (11-4, 5-1 PBC) team lost for the first time at home and in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play for the 2019 season, dropping the contest to #9 Columbus State University (14-3, 5-0 PBC) Sunday, 7-0. The loss snaps a three-match win streak.
The Cougars jumped out to a lead after doubles and did not look back, picking up the needed wins in the second and third slots. Natalkia Kattah Paz and Candice Paya downed Emilia Richter (Berlin, Germany) and Jordan Bowie (Macon) 6-1, while Noa Davico and Clara Audap bested Paula Garriga (Centelles, Spain) and Kim Yatribi (Frejus, France) 6-2.
In singles play, Columbus State maintained the edge, winning all six matches to complete the sweep.
Top-flight singles saw a nationally-ranked showdown between No. 33 Marleen Tilgner and No. 58 Richter. Richter hung around but could not keep pace, falling 6-4, 6-1. The lone other ranked Cougar, No. 67 Beatriz Lopez, overcame Valeria Lopez (Galicia, Spain) in the second slot with a pair of 6-2 sets.
Victory in the fourth slot sealed the team win for Columbus State, as Luise Sachs battled back from a first-set loss to defeat Emma Fleming (Suwanee) 1-6, 6-0, 6-0.
Yatribi dropped her match 6-0, 6-3 to Paya, Bowie fell in a pair of 6-3 sets to Paz, and Garriga was outpaced by Davico, 6-4, 6-3 to end the day.
The loss is the first for the Bobcat women in PBC-play this year, moving the conference record to 5-1 overall. The team closes out the regular season with a five-game road trip, beginning April 5 at #36 USC Aiken. First serve is set to begin at 1 p.m.
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