Women’s tennis fares well at Fall Championship
The Georgia College women’s tennis team was home for the GC Women’s Fall Championship at the Centennial Center courts earlier this month.The first day of the season-ending tournament saw three GC players win in both singles and doubles, sending two players into the second day’s rounds.
“I just wanted to play the best that I can and just represent Georgia College, I wanted to go in positive and come out doing well,” freshman Katie Krupp said.
Other schools in the tournament included UNC Pembroke, the University of Tampa, Lander University and Florida Tech.
Krupp gained a win in her first match then went on to win her second match 6-0, 6-4, moving her forward to the quarterfinal round where she lost 6-2, 6-1. After her singles play, Krupp continued her day partnering with senior Kayla Barksdale in doubles.
The day started with a bye for Barksdale, who went on to a 7-5, 6-2 singles quarterfinal win. Barksdale then transitioned to the doubles bracket of the tournament partnering with her teammate Krupp.
“I think I played well. I started a little rusty, but I played well in the end overall. It was a pretty good day. I would like to make a few more rallies and be a little more consistent,” Barksdale said.
Krupp and Barksdale played successfully through to the doubles quarterfinals where they had an 8-2 win pushing them forward to a 9-7 semifinal win that ended their day.
The second day of the tournament started with Barksdale continuing in the semifinal round of singles play where she earned a 6-1, 6-1 win moving forward to the finals and received a second place finish with the final score of 6-2, 6-1.
After concluding her singles play for the day Barksdale was joined by partner Krupp to go into the final round of doubles play where they came away with a second place finish through a score of 8-3, completing the tournament.
The two second-place finishes complete the season for the team, and with the completion of one season comes the preparation for the next for both Barksdale and Krupp, who will be returning.
“After this we’re just going to keep hitting and getting in better shape, conditioning every day,” Barksdale said.