From staff reports
Freshman Elena Bondari battled from a set down on Sunday to win her match at No. 3 singles, lifting the 28th-ranked Clayton College & State University women's tennis team to a 5-4 victory over 25th-ranked and Peach Belt Conference opponent the University of Carolina Aiken.
After falling 6-1 in the first set, Bondari won the second set 7-5, followed by taking the third 6-4 to defeat USCA's Mayra Kaefer. The win improves Clayton State to 10-7 on the season and evens its record to 5-5 in the Peach Belt. USCA drops to 14-8 on the year and 4-5 in the PBC. The match closed the regular season for Clayton State, and the squad will enter next week's PBC Tournament as the sixth seed.
USCA took a 2-1 early lead in the match, edging the Lakers at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The Pacers' Dominique Cassetori and Elly Toth won 8-6 over sophomore Daniela Petkova and freshman Lila Tzvetanova at the second seed. USCA's Otavia Bastos and Nicole Copp also prevailed 8-6 over Bondari and sophomore Katrin Gutknecht at the third seed.
Clayton State freshman Julia Gandia and Julia Chergova picked up the lone Laker point in doubles at the No. 1 seed, blanking the Pacers' Kerry Donovan and Mayra Kaefer 8-0.
In singles, Gandia, Chergova and Gutknecht picked up wins. Gandia won in easy fashion, blanking Cassetori 6-0 and 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Chergova won 6-4 and 6-0 over Copp, while Gutknecht cruised 6-1 and 6-1 at the fourth seed over Donovan.
The only losses in singles for the Lakers came in a three-set affair at the fifth seed and at the sixth seed.
After losing the first set 6-4 and trailing in the second 5-1, USCA's Bastos rallied to beat Clayton State's Petkova 4-6, 7-5 and 6-0. Maria Mancha lost 6-1 and 6-0 to Toth at the sixth seed.
CCSU loses to Georgia College: The third time wasn't the charm for the Clayton College & State University women's tennis team Friday, as the Lakers dropped a Peach Belt Conference women's tennis match to Georgia College & State University, falling 5-1 to the Bobcats.
After being postponed twice this season due to rain, the Lakers and Bobcats had to again dodge raindrops on Friday, but finally got the match in after an hour delay.
GC&SU jumped out to the early lead after winning two out of three doubles matches. GC&SU's Chenelle Kruger and Anna Davidsson got things started with an 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles over Clayton State's Velina Boteva and Daniela Petkova, but the Lakers evened things up with a win at No. 3 as Elena Bondari and Katrin Gutknecht held off GC&SU's Sofia Intriago and Jessica McKnight 8-6. The Bobcats re-claimed the lead at No. 1 doubles as Anna Shchupak and Celine Martin rallied from 7-6 down to defeat Julia Chergova and Julia Gandia 9-7.
In singles play, GC&SU picked up three victories to earn the necessary five points to clinch the match, and the other matches did not finish to allow the Bobcats to get on the road for Saturday's match in North Carolina.
McKnight blanked Boteva 6-0; 6-0 at No. 6, and Kruger followed with a 6-2; 6-1 victory over Bondari at No. 3. Intriago ended the match with the clinching fifth point by knocking off Petkova 6-3; 6-1 at No. 5 singles.