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GGC Grizzlies kick off women's tennis season with victory

Georgia Gwinnett College freshman Valeria Podda won two matches in her college debut Sunday as the Grizzlies swept visiting Clayton State. (Photo: Rod Reilly/GGC)

Georgia Gwinnett College freshman Valeria Podda won two matches in her college debut Sunday as the Grizzlies swept visiting Clayton State. (Photo: Rod Reilly/GGC)

LAWRENCEVILLE — The 20th-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College women’s tennis team captured a resounding victory in its season opener on Sunday, taking out Clayton State by a 9-0 score at the GGC Tennis Facility.

Just one singles match went to three sets as the Grizzlies improved to 1-0 and dropped the NCAA Division II Lakers to 0-2.

Clayton State entered the team season ranked 46th in Division II and the victory goes down as GGC’s first ever over a ranked opponent.

“I’m extremely proud of our team’s performance,” said GGC head coach Chase Hodges. “We have come an extremely long way in a short amount of time and we look to continue our success.”

Senior Paloma Cortina paced GGC with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles and teamed with sophomore Victoria Svensson for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.

Freshmen Helena Korompis and Valeria Podda knocked out Clayton State’s Zinnia Leamana and Martina Dedaj in their GGC debut at No. 1 doubles. Podda cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 singles victory while Korompis went on to a 6-2, 6-1 win.

Svensson took care of business at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win while freshman Chiara di Salvo pulled out a three-set win at No. 4 singles in her first match as a Grizzly.

The Grizzlies return to action Wednesday with a 2 p.m. home match against Dalton State.