CCSU advances in PBC tennis tournament

From Staff Reports

The 17th-ranked Clayton College & State University women's tennis team opened the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Thursday on a positive note, slamming metro-Atlanta rival and 16th-ranked Kennesaw State University 5-2 in the second round of the tournament.

With the win, the Lakers will advance to the PBC semifinals and face seventh-ranked Georgia College & State University, the Peach Belt regular season champion.

The match at the UNF Tennis Complex will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday. Clayton State came one point from defeating GC&SU in the regular season before falling 5-4, the closest any PBC squad came to defeating the Bobcats in 2003.

CCSU, the fifth seed in the tournament, avenged a 5-4 loss earlier this season by defeating fourth-seeded KSU on Thursday.

The Lakers, who improved to 8-8 with the victory, got off to a good start in the match, winning two of the three doubles matches before capturing three quick singles points. In doubles, Clayton State's top-seeded team of Jackeline Nieto and Nathalia Collantes, the fourth-ranked doubles team in the country, defeated KSU's Laura Puch and Carolyn Ward 8-2. Clayton State's second-seeded doubles team of Aline Quintal and Natalia Koulechova won 8-4 over KSU's Loraine Rosmuller and Kamilla Rodriguez, while CCSU's third-seeded team of Carla Bastos and Adriana Collantes lost 8-0 to Maria Rubert and Jessica Fischetti.

In singles, second-seeded N. Collantes, the 24th-ranked player in the country, remained undefeated on the season (15-0), downing Rosmuller 6-2 and 6-1.

Third-seeded Koulechova (Moscow, Russia) blanked Fischetti 6-0 and 6-0, while fourth-seeded Quintal (Coatzacoalcos, Mexico) captured the game-winning point, prevailing 6-4 and 7-6 over Rubert. Top-seeded Nieto (Caracas, Venezuela), and sixth-seeded A. Collantes (Bucaramanga, Colombia) did not finish their singles matches as the Lakers had already secured the team victory. Fifth-seeded Carla Bastos (Brasilia, Brazil) lost 6-3 and 6-2 to Rodriguez.

Jonesboro falls to Warner Robins in soccer game

The Jonesboro Cardinals soccer team lost to Warner Robins 4-0 at home Thursday night.

Playing without Patrick Saxby who was sitting out the game after receiving a yellow card Jonesboro failed to generate too much offense.

Brad Martin and Sam Chaffee played the game despite being sick.

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