ATHENS----The 16th-ranked Georgia women's tennis team trounced 13th-ranked Georgia Tech 5-2 Friday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts.
On Friday in front of a crowd of 443, the Bulldogs (3-1) handed the Yellow Jackets (3-1) their first loss of the season by taking the doubles point and then following up with a dominating display of singles. Georgia holds a commanding 19-4 edge in the series history.
"We got down in doubles and really showed a lot of fight coming back and then kept that momentum in the singles," said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. "We knew we were going to be in a battle today. Tech has got a great team, and we had a really intense week of practice.Everyone played to win, and it was great to see everyone battling out there."
Georgia gained a 1-0 advantage after winning a grueling doubles point that was decided in a tiebreaker at No. 3. Bulldog senior Cameron Ellis and freshman Alexandra Anghelescu outlasted Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn 9-8, winning the tiebreaker 7-3. It was the sixth straight win for the Bulldog duo as they improved to 9-2. They are ranked 40th nationally while the Tech tandem was ranked No. 36. Tech started fast at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, taking a 3-0 and 3-1 lead. At one point, all three doubles matches were tied at 4-all.The No. 2 team of Christina Ngo and Jillian O'Neill were first off the court after posting an 8-5 win over the Georgia freshmen duo of Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase. Georgia gained a shot at the doubles point when the No. 1 team of junior Chelsey Gullickson and freshman Kate Fuller edged the 66th-ranked team of Sasha Krupina and Caroline Lilley 8-6. When that match ended, the No. 3 doubles contest was tied at 7-7.
In singles, Georgia claimed the first set in three of the first four matches. Gullickson and Kowase went up 6-4 in No. 1 and 2 singles. At No. 3, the 39th-ranked O'Neill led 67th-ranked Gilchrist 6-3, and the Bulldog junior responded by taking the second set 6-1. Meanwhile, Anghelescu was cruising past Blau at No. 4, leading 6-1,4-0 and wound up taking the match 6-1,6-3 to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.Kowase made it 3-0 after dispatching Lilley 6-4,6-2. Kowase has a team-best 19-6 singles record.Gilchrist clinched the victory when she outlasted O'Neill, 3-6,6-1,7-6(2). It was Gilchrist's first match since the season opener against Memphis on Jan. 21. She did not see any action at last weekend's ITA Kickoff event in Chapel Hill, N.C., due to an arm injury.
Tech notched its first point at No. 1 when Ngo rallied past Gullickson 4-6,6-2,6-4. Kimbell provided another point for the Bulldogs with a 6-3,6-1 victory at No. 6 over Kilborn to make it 5-1.In the No. 5 singles match between Ellis and Krupina which was the last one to finish, a 10-point super tiebreaker was played in lieu of a third set. Kilborn edged Ellis 2-6,6-4,1-0(10-8) to make the final 5-2.
"We are a very passionate team and want to win for each other," said Anghelescu. "This is a big confidence boost for us and good to see us bounce back after a touch loss at UNC last week."
Georgia returns to action Feb. 4 when it goes on the road to face ninth-ranked Clemson.