Feb. 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--The seventh-ranked Georgia women's tennis team swept Furman, 7-0, on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Georgia senior Kate Fuller won her 110th career doubles match, giving her the most in Bulldog history.
"Furman is a great team," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "I was happy that the match turned out the way it turned out and I think it prepares us well for our big match [against Georgia Tech] in Atlanta on Sunday. Today we just kept fighting and kept doing the right things and good things happened."
Georgia (5-2) won an exciting doubles point and then cruised to six singles wins to secure the win over Furman (3-3).
In doubles, Maho Kowase and Mia King quickly beat Margaret Boyette and Karlee Bryde , 8-2. Later, Fuller and Silvia Garcia rallied to an 8-6 come from behind win over Alex Moreno and Katherine Oudin to clinch the doubles point. Fuller and Garcia's win was Fuller's 110th of her career--a new Georgia record. In setting the record, she passes former Georgia players Naoko Ueshima (2007-10, 109-50), Chelsey Gullickson (2009-12, 106-42) and Cameron Ellis (2008-11, 103-54).
"It's really special," Fuller said. "I'm really honored to have had the opportunity to even play that many doubles matches here. There have been a lot of great doubles players who have played here so it's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as them."
In singles, Fuller was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Karlee Bryde. In similar form, freshman Caroline Brinson won her first career singles match 6-0, 6-2 over Kelly Sullivan.
"I couldn't be happier," Brinson said. "To be able to do it with this team especially after coming early [this semester], it's a great feeling."
Georgia clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court one from Garcia. The win was Garcia's 20th of the year. With the match outcome already decided, the Bulldogs won three more singles matches to complete the sweep. King topped Boyette 6-3, 6-2 to give Georgia 5-0 lead. A short time later, Maho Kowase topped Ansley Speaks 7-6(4), 6-0 and Lilly Kimbell outdid Katherine 7-5, 6-3 to complete the Bulldog sweep.
Georgia will renew its annual rivalry with No. 25 Georgia Tech (3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Byers Tennis Center in Atlanta. The Bulldogs have won the previous three meetings with the Yellow Jackets, including 4-3 last year in Athens. Georgiadogs.com will have live scoring and a live match chat starting Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 7 Georgia def. Furman, 7-0
1. Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste/Katherine Oudin (FUR), 8-6
2. Lilly Kimbell/Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Ansley Speaks/Blair Martin (FUR), 7-4, unfinished
3. Maho Kowase/Mia King (UGA) def. Margaret Boyette/Karlee Bryde (FUR), 8-2
1. #7 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR), 6-4, 6-2
2. #17 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Ansley Speaks (FUR), 7-6(4), 6-0
3. #43 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR), 7-5, 6-3
4. Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR), 6-1, 6-0
5. Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR), 6-0, 6-2
6. Mia King (UGA) def. Margaret Boyette (FUR), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 1) Singles (4, 5, 1, 6, 2, 3)