March 16, 2011
Athens, GA --- The No. 7 Georgia women's tennis team won its eighth straight match with a 6-1 victory against Yale Wednesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs improve to 10-1 while handing Yale only its third loss of the season. The Bulldogs are in the midst of its longest winning streak since 2009, a streak that lasted 16 matches. In addition, today’s win was head coach Jeff Wallace’s 550th win as Georgia’s head coach.
Georgia gained momentum in doubles with comebacks on courts one and three to win the doubles point. At No. 3, after getting off to a slow start, Georgia’s Maho Kowase and Cameron Ellis came back to win soundly, 8-4. At No. 1, the 9th-ranked duo of Kate Fuller and Chelsey Gullickson battled from behind to clinch the doubles point, 9-7. It’s the pair’s 10th win of the year and 7th consecutive victory. At No. 2, Georgia’s Alex Anghelescu and Lilly Kimbell fell to Yale’s Elizabeth Epstein and Blair Seidman, 8-4. The pairs of Kowase/Ellis and Anghelescu/Kimbell were pairings in the fall, and were also used Tuesday against Butler. Both pairs to combine to be 4-0 this year.
“Yale played great, but our number one and number three teams found a way to win, and number two put up a good fight ,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “Winning the doubles point was big for us today.”
In singles, Gullickson gave Georgia a 2-0 lead by beating Yale’s Brook 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1. With the win, she improves to 8-3 this year. Later, at No. 5, 76th-ranked Cameron Ellis won her sixth in row against Yale’s Petrelli 6-0, 6-1 to give Georgia a 3-0 lead. Only needing one point to clinch the match, Georgia’s Fuller defeated Yale’s Sullivan 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6, giving Georgia its 10th win of the season. It’s the freshman’s fifth consecutive win and first career clinch as a Bulldog.
With the outcome of the match decided, Georgia’s Kimbell overpowered Yale’s Kent, 6-3, 6-0 to give Georgia a 5-0 lead. At No. 2, Georgia’s Kowase lost for the first time in seven matches against Yale’s Epstein 6-4, 6-2. Kowase still leads the team with 24 wins. At No. 3, Georgia’s Anghelescu won her 16th match of the season 6-2, 6-4 over Yale’s Seidman in the last match of the day
“I thought we played great at four, five and six and Chelsey played strong up at one,” said Wallace. “I also was proud of the way Alex closed things out for us.”
Today’s match was only the second meeting between the two teams. In 2008, Georgia downed Yale in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 4-0
The Georgia women's tennis team will return to action Friday, March 25th against LSU (5-6, 3-1 SEC) in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs will be going for its second consecutive 5-0 start in the SEC. Georgia will return home Sunday, March 27th to take on the No. 13 Arkansas Razorbacks (13-4, 3-1 SEC). That match will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free.
Tennis Match Results
Yale vs Georgia
Mar 16, 2011 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
#7 Georgia 6, #24 Yale 1
1. #37 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Vicky Brook (YALE) 6-1, 6-3
2. #118 Elizabeth Epstein (YALE) def. #84 Maho Kowase (UGA) 6-4, 6-2
3. Alex Anghelescu (UGA) def. Blair Seidman (YALE) 6-2, 6-4
4. #120 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Stephanie Kent (YALE) 6-3, 6-0
5. #76 Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Stevi Petrelli (YALE) 6-0, 6-1
6. #76 Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Annie Sullivan (YALE) 6-1, 6-0
1. #9 Kate Fuller/Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Vicky Brook/Lindsay Clark (YALE) 9-7
2. Stephanie Kent/Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Alex Anghelescu/Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 8-6
3. Cameron Ellis/Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Elizabeth Epstein/Blair Seidman (YALE) 8-4
Yale (11-3); National ranking #24
Georgia (10-1); National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,6,4,2,3)
Official: Walt Williams