No. 6 Georgia Blanks FIU 7-0
Maho Kowase secured the win for Georgia Sunday.


Maho Kowase secured the win for Georgia Sunday.
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Feb. 5, 2012

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ATHENS, GA. -----Sixth-ranked Georgia ran its record to 6-0 after posting a 7-0 victory over Florida International Sunday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts.

The Bulldogs captured the doubles point and then won all six singles matches to shut out the Panthers (1-5) for the second time in as many weeks. Last Saturday, Georgia blanked FIU during an ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament in Athens to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. FIU happened to be on the regular season schedule too, which marked just the sixth time in school history that the Bulldogs faced the same opponent in back-to-back matches.

In doubles, Georgia set a dominating pace as the second-ranked team of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist blanked Rita Maisak and Sarah McLean 8-0. Moments later, the first team point was clinched when Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase registered an 8-1 at No. 3 over Nina Djordjevic and Lisa Johnson. The Bulldogs capped the sweep with an 8-4 win at No. 2 from Lauren Herring and Kate Fuller over Giuletta Boha and Karyn Guttormsen.

In singles, Gullickson made it 2-0 with a 6-0,6-2 win over McLean in the No. 1 contest. She is now 20-2 this season. Gilchrist secured a straight set win at No. 3 over Johnson to put Georgia in front 3-0. The Bulldogs clinched the win after Kowase defeated Boha 6-2,6-1 in the No. 4 match. It was the first match-clinching victory of the season for the sophomore from Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan. Ranked No. 22, Kowase is now 11-4.

"One of the fun things about college tennis is different players have the opportunity to get that fourth point to secure the victory," said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. "Today, it was Maho who came through. Also, Chelsey and Nadja played fantastic in singles and carried it to their singles matches to get us in position for the victory.

Sophomore Alina Jerjomina picked up a win at No. 6, defeating Djordjevic 6-1,6-1 to make it 5-0 Bulldogs. In lieu of a third set in the No. 2 contest between Herring and Maisak, a super tiebreaker was played. Herring prevailed 10-6 for a 6-0 Bulldog advantage. Fuller completed the sweep with a 7-5,6-4 victory over Guttormsen. It was the ninth consecutive win for Fuller who raised her record to 18-4.

"I had a tight match today and missed some opportunities in the second set including the tiebreaker," said Herring. "When we went to the 10-point tiebreaker, I knew it was important to get out to a good start, and I was able to do that."

Up next, Georgia will head to Charlottesville, Virginia for the ITA National Team Indoors slated for Feb. 10-13. The Bulldogs open up against 14th-ranked Texas in the first round of the tournament on Friday at noon ET.

Fans can chat online with Bulldog coach Jeff Wallace on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The 30-minute chat on Georgia Tennis will be on georgiadogs.com.

 

 

#6 Georgia 7, #74 Florida International 0

(Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts)

 Singles

1. #2 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Sarah McLean (FIU) 6-0, 6-2

2. #52 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. Rita Maisak (FIU) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-6)

3. Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Lisa Johnson (FIU) 6-1, 6-0

4. #22 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Giulietta Boha (FIU) 6-2, 6-1

5. #56 Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Karyn Guttormsen (FIU) 7-5, 6-4

6. Alina Jerjomina (UGA) def. Nina Djordjevic (FIU) 6-1, 6-1

 

 Doubles

1. #2 Chelsey Gullickson/Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Rita Maisak/Sarah McLean (FIU) 8-0

2. #60 Lauren Herring/Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Giulietta Boha/Karyn Guttormsen (FIU) 8-4

3. Lilly Kimbell/Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Nina Djordjevic/Lisa Johnson (FIU) 8-1

 

Match Notes:

Florida International 2-4; National ranking #74

Georgia 6-0; National ranking #6

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,4,6,2,5)

Official: Denise Hanson  T-3:29  A-71 

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