Sophomore Maho Kowase
March 4, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 4 Georgia women's tennis team fell short to No. 15 Florida on Sunday afternoon in a nail biter, 4-3.
After the Bulldogs won the first doubles match, Florida notched two close matches to clinch the doubles point. Georgia's tandem of Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell were first off the court after defeating Florida's Alexandra Cercone and Lauren Embree, 8-3. The pair has now won ten straight doubles matches. Seniors Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist, ranked No. 6 nationally, were next off the court after sliding to Florida's Allie Will and Sofie Oyen, 8-4. The doubles point was clinched after Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather topped Georgia's duo of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring, 8-6.
"I'm proud of our team. Florida played a great match against us today," said head coach Jeff Wallace." "It was a well played match all the way around and I think we've learned a ton from it. I think this should help us in a lot of ways. Of course you want to win the match, but you've got to learn from every match whether you win it or lose it and I think that is what we'll focus on doing."
In singles, Georgia tied the match 1-1 when No. 41 Kowase downed No. 49 Cercone 6-0, 6-3. Florida battled back as No. 39 Sofie Oyen defeated Georgia's No. 69 Fuller 6-2,6-2. Senior Gullickson, ranked No. 11 nationally, notched Georgia's next point with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over top-ranked Allie Will. The match was Will's first loss this season and fourth dual match loss in her career.
"I've played her a few times before so I knew what to expect from her," said Gullickson. "To come out there and get that win was great."
Gullickson defeated Will previously in the 2009 NCAA tournament.
Florida quickly added another point to the board to bring the score top 3-2 as No. 18 Mather topped senior Nadja Gilchrist 6-3, 6-3. Georgia tied the match score at three when sophomore Kimbell ousted Olivia Janowicz 6-3, 6-3. The match came to a close as No. 56 Herring fell to No. 23 Embree 6-3, 2-6, 3-6.
The Georgia women's tennis team returns to action on the road Friday as they take on Mississippi State at 3 p.m.
#15 Florida 4, #4 Georgia 3
1. #11 Chelsey Gullickson (UG) def. #1 Allie Will (UF) 6-1, 6-4
2. #23 Lauren Embree (UF) def. #56 Lauren Herring (UG) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. #18 Joanna Mather (UF) def. Nadja Gilchrist (UG) 6-3, 6-3
4. #41 Maho Kowase (UG) def. #49 Alexandra Cercone (UF) 6-0, 6-3
5. #39 Sofie Oyen (UF) def. #69 Kate Fuller (UG) 6-2, 6-2
6. Lilly Kimbell (UG) def. Olivia Janowicz (UF) 6-3, 6-2
1. #13 Allie Will/Sofie Oyen (UF) def. #6 Chelsey Gullickson/Nadja Gilchrist (UG) 8-4
2. #31 Joanna Mather/Lauren Embree (UF) def. Kate Fuller/Lauren Herring (UG) 8-6
3. Lilly Kimbell/Maho Kowase (UG) def. Caroline Hitimana/Alexandra Cercone (UF) 8-3
Florida (8-1, 2-0 SEC); National ranking #15
Georgia (11-2, 1-1 SEC); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6,2)
Official: Denise Hanson T-3:24 A-370