Feb. 12, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C.--The No. 12 Georgia women's tennis team notched their first road win and handed No. 9 Clemson its first loss of the season with a 5-2 win at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.
The win moves the Bulldogs to 4-1 this season, and drops the Tigers to 8-1.
The Bulldogs got off to a quick start by sweeping the doubles point.
The freshman duo of Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase started things off with an 8-3 win over Clemson's Maria Belaya and Nelly Ciolkowski at No.2. The win for Kimbell and Kowase was their 10th of the season. Georgia clinched the doubles point at No. 3 when the 40th-ranked team of Alex Anghelescu and Cameron Ellis beat Clemson's Laurianne Henry and Klara Vyskocilova, 8-2. It was the pair's seventh straight win and also their 10th of the season. The Bulldog duo of Kate Fuller and Chelsey Gullickson swept the doubles point by upsetting the 2nd-ranked team of Josipa Bek and Keri Wong, 8-6.
"Chelsey and Kate are a new team for us and have played well this season, but this is really their first huge win," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "It was great to see how they came out and competed for us today."
In singles, Vyskocilova of Clemson beat Anghelescu 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 at No. 4 to tie the match score at one. At No. 3, 67th-ranked Gilchrist put the Dogs back on top with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Clemson's Ciolkowski. With the win, Gilchrist extends her match-winning streak to five. Shortly after at No. 1, Clemson's 12th-ranked Bek overcame losing a tight first set to comeback and beat Gullickson 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. The loss was Gullickson's first to a ranked opponent this season, and drops her to 5-2. At No. 2, 97th-ranked Kowase notched her 20th win of the season by defeating the Tigers' 48th-ranked Wong 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2. With the win, Kowase is 4-2 against ranked opponents this season and has won two in a row. Georgia clinched their fourth win of the season at No. 6 when 95th-ranked Kimbell defeated Henry, 6-3, 6-2. It was Kimbell's first match clincher as a Bulldog. Georgia's Cameron Ellis capped things off with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) win against Belaya. With the win, Ellis improves to 17-4 this season.
"This was a great win for us today," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "We came out and really played fantastic in doubles setting the tone early, and then after Clemson started to have success early in singles and regained some momentum, we did a really good job of coming back and finishing strong."
Georgia improves to 22-19 in its series with Clemson. Today's match marks the first time in the last six meetings with Clemson that the team which won the doubles point also won the match. The Georgia women's tennis team will return to action on the road against Auburn on March 4th at 3:30 p.m. It will be the team's first SEC match of the season.
No. 12 Georgia def. No. 9 Clemson, 5-2
Feb. 12, 2011 - Clemson Indoor Tennis Center
1. Gullickson/Fuller (UGA) def. #2 Bek/Wong (CU), 8-6
2. Kimbell/Kowase (UGA) def. Belaya/Ciolkowski (CU), 8-3
3. #40 Anghelescu/Ellis (UGA) def. Henry/Vyskocilova (CU), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3,2*,1
1.#12 Josipa Bek (CU) def. Chelsey Gullickson (UGA), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
2. #97 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #48 Keri Wong (CU), 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2
3. #67 Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Nelly Ciolkowski (CU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Klara Vyskocilova (CU) def. Alexandra Anghelescu (UGA), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
5. #58 Cameron Ellis (UGA), def. Masha Belaya (CU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6. #95 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Laurianne Henry (CU), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1, 2, 6*, 5