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Georgetown College women's tennis team travel to Richmond early Friday morning for a battle against Eastern Kentucky University, an NCAA Division I opponent.
"This was a tough first match for the women," said Tiger coach Lane Orttenburger. "EKU is one of the best teams in its conference. I was very impressed with our team's attitude and effort."
In singles competition, GC No. 1 Adrienne Bartlett took five games from Colonels' Jessica Albuquerque in their second set.
The senior dropped the first set without winning a game, but pushed Albuquerque in the second set. It was back-and-forth, tied at five games each when Bartlett had a couple points to go up 6-5. EKU's sophomore hit a couple of line-piercing shots to avoid going down and won the next game to take the match, 6-0, 7-5.
"Adrienne really pushed her opponent," Orttenburger said. "Her second set was decided by a couple of points. That result should tell her that she can compete with anyone in the country."
The doubles team of Bartlett and Haley Hart took two games from Albuquerque and Milena Poffo, while Emily Krick and Natalie Hill took three games off of Saioa Oscoz and Myriem Mhirit in the No. 2 spot.
Tigers (0-1) return to action Saturday against another D-I school, Morehead State.