AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Needing to win the last two singles matches of the afternoon to pull off an upset, the IUP women's tennis team managed only a split and dropped a narrow 5-4 decision at Georgia College as the Crimson Hawks continued their southern spring break trip at West Lake Country Club.
IUP and Georgia College split six singles matches, but the Bobcats claimed the win by virtue of winning two of the three doubles matches to start the afternoon.
Trailing 4-3 with only two singles matches to play, IUP's Erika Schnaas posted a 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 5 singles spot. But Tanya Timko lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, and Georgia College held off the Crimson Hawks.
IUP's No. 1 singles player, Katie Eaton, won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, and Ranvita Mahto needed three sets to win 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
IUP's Abby McCormick (6-0, 6-1) and Emilia Osborne (6-3, 6-0) lost in straight sets.
Two of the three doubles matches went to a tiebreaker, with IUP and Georgia College each winning one.
Timko and Osborne posted IUP's lone doubles win, 9-8, over May Johnson and Ivana Marevic, winning the tiebreaker 7-5.
Timko and Osborne handed Johnson and Marevic their first loss in eight matches this season since they were paired in early March.
McCormick and Alanna McFail rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to tie the third doubles match at 8 and force a tiebreaker before falling short 9-8 (8-6).
Schnaas and Eaton lost the opening doubles match, 8-2.
IUP (3-5) lost for the fifth time in six matches to start the spring season, but the Crimson Hawks put forth a good effort against the No. 18-ranked Bobcats.
IUP continues its southern trip Wednesday with a match against Augusta State.