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CCSU tennis falls to W. Fla.

From staff reports

The 17th -ranked Clayton College & State University women's tennis team dropped its fourth match of the season Monday, falling to the nation's third-ranked team, the University of West Florida 7-2 in Pensacola, Fla.

The Lakers won at the two top singles seeds but were unable to win another match, falling in the remainder of singles matches and all three of the doubles contests. Clayton State, 4-4 on the season, will try to get back on the winning track on Tuesday, traveling to face Spring Hill College in a 4 p.m. (CT) match in Mobile, AL.

In singles, freshman top-seeded Julia Gandia defeated Nicole Plikat 6-4 and 6-1, while second-seeded freshman Julia Chergova beat Paola Arevalo 6-1 and 6-1. Both Gandia and Chergova are undefeated at the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds this season.

Third-seeded freshman Elena Bondari fell 6-0 and 6-0 to Eva Papastradtides, while fourth-seeded sophomore Katrin Gutknecht also lost 6-0 and 6-0 to Pilar Cortes.

Fifth-seeded sophomore Daniela Petkova lost 6-0 and 6-0 to Diana Olave, and sixth-seeded freshman Velina Boteva fell 6-1 and 6-1 to Giulianna Oblitas.

In doubles, top-seeded Gandia and Chergova lost 8-3 to Plikat and Papastradtides, while second-seeded Petkova and Boteva fell 8-1 to Cortes and Arevalo.

Third-seeded Gutknecht and Bondari lost 8-1 to Olave and Oblitas.

Lady Lakers fall to Columbus: On Saturday, the Laker women's team lost to Peach Belt Conference foe Columbus State University, the nation's 14th -ranked team 7-2.

The highlight for Clayton State was two wins at the top two seeds with Gandia defeating Diana Ghergi, the nation's fourth-ranked player in the country.

She prevailed in a three-set super tiebreaker winning 11-9 in the final set. She won the first set 6-4 before falling in the second 1-6. Chergova won in 7-5 and 6-1 over Zuzana Valekova.

Clayton State golf tied for 10th at tournament in North Carolina: The Clayton College & State University men's golf team is currently tied for 10th place at the 2005 Richard Rendleman Invitational at the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, NC.

Clayton State shot an opening round of 309 and is tied with Peach Belt Conference foe the University of North Carolina Pembroke in the 10th spot out of 17 teams.

Presbyterian College leads with a team score of 279 on the par-71, 6,665 yard course.

The Lakers are eight shots back from fifth place Grand Valley State University.

Junior Danyel McKibben (Covington, GA) is currently tied for 10th after first round to lead the Lakers.

He fired a two-over par 73 in the opening round. Sophomore Matt Beall (Newnan ) is tied for 28th after a round of 76, while junior Andrew Dagneau (Kitchener, Ontario) is tied for 49 with a round of 78.

Freshman Josh Monk (Stockbridge) and junior Steven Sanders (Snellville ) rounded out the scoring for Clayton State with rounds of 82 and 83 respectively.

Presbyterian's Ben Karns leads the tournament with a four-under par 67 on the opening day.

The second round of the 36-hole tournament will conclude on Tuesday.