March 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ga--- The No. 4 Georgia women's tennis team downed the No. 22 South Carolina Gamecocks 6-1 on Friday afternoon in its SEC opener.
Georgia (11-1, 1-0 SEC) took it to South Carolina (7-2, 0-1 SEC) from the start. The Bulldogs took the doubles point by posting a victory in all three matches. Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring played a nearly flawless match at No. 2 en route to an 8-1 win over Adriana Pereria and Jaklin Alawi. Georgia then clinched the doubles point after Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell defeated Josefin Andersson and Katerina Popova 8-2. Chelsey Gullickson and Najda Gilchrist, the sixth-ranked doubles pair in the country, completed the sweep with
a 8-4 win over Dominika Kanakova and Anya Morgina at the No. 1 doubles position. Georgia has won the doubles point in 10 out of their 12 dual matches played this year.
"I was really happy that our doubles came out and really set the tone and played fantastic on all three courts," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "I feel like our players have been working extremely hard both in conditioning and practice. We know how important this weekend is for us, and I thought it was a great start."
In singles, 11th-ranked Gullickson was off the court first making quick work of Morgina in a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles. The Bulldogs then extended their lead to 3-0 when Kimbell defeated Andersson 6-2, 6-4. Kimbell improves to 8-2 in her last ten matches. South Carolina claimed its first point of the match when Pereira overcame 69th-ranked Fuller 6-4, 6-3 to draw the score to 3-1. Herring, ranked 56th in the country, then secured Georgia's first SEC victory of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win over 64th ranked Alawi. The win by Herring pushes her winning streak to four and puts her dual match record to an impressive 11-1 on the year. It was the fourth time that Herring has clinched a match for the Bulldogs this season. At No. 3, Gilchrist overcame a slow start to post a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kanakova. To complete the match, 41st-ranked Kowase fought past Popova by a score of 7-5, 6-4.
The win marks Georgia's second consecutive victory against South Carolina and improves the Bulldogs to 41-15 all-time in the series. The Georgia women's tennis team next plays 15th-ranked Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday in Athens. All tennis matches are held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free. The first 200 fans will receive "Beat Florida" t-shirts.
#4 Georgia 6, #22 South Carolina 1
1. #11 Chelsey Gullickson (UG) def. Anya Morgina (SC) 6-2, 6-2
2. #56 Lauren Herring (UG) def. #64 Jaklin Alwai (SC) 6-2, 6-3
3. Nadja Gilchrist (UG) def. Dominika Kanakova (SC) 6-3, 6-3
4. #41 Maho Kowase (UG) def. Katerina Popva (SC) 7-5, 6-4
5. Adriana Pereira (SC) def. #69 Kate Fuller (UG) 6-4, 6-3
6. Lilly Kimbell (UG) def. Josefin Andersson (SC) 6-2, 6-4
1. #6 Chelsey Gullickson/Nadja Gilchrist (UG) def. Anya
Morgina/Dominika Kanakova (SC) 8-4
2. Lauren Herring/Kate Fuller (UG) def. Jaklin Alwai/Adriana Pereira (SC) 8-1
3. Maho Kowase/Lilly Kimbell (UG) def. Josefin Andersson/Katerina Popva (SC) 8-2
South Carolina 7-2; National ranking #22
Georgia 11-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,6,5,2,3,4)
Official: Andy Mcfarlane T-3:09 A-271