Lilly Kimbell capped the sweep by winning a tiebreaker 17-15 Friday.
March 23, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.----Seventh-ranked Georgia blanked No. 37 Arkansas 7-0 in SEC women’s tennis action Friday.
The Bulldogs (14-2, 4-1 SEC) captured a thrilling doubles point and then swept the six singles matches to defeat the Razorbacks (8-7, 1-4 SEC). The match was moved indoors due to rainy conditions.
In doubles, Georgia’s eighth-ranked duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist registered an 8-4 win over Claudine Paulson and Laurie Gringas in the No. 1 contest. They improved to 19-5 as a team. When that match finished, the other two contests were at 7-all. Georgia’s No. 2 team of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring would go up 8-7 while the Bulldogs No. 3 duo of Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell went to a tiebreaker after going to 8-all with Kate Lukomskaya and Catherine Parenteau. The Fuller/Herring duo clinched the first team point with a 9-7 win over Emily Carbone and Stephanie Roy to move their record to 24-11.
At that point, the Kimbell/Kowase team held a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker, and it was decided to go ahead and finish the match. The Bulldogs made it a clean sweep by taking the tiebreaker 7-4. The Kimbell/Kowase duo extended their winning streak to 12 and moved their mark to 14-2 this season.
In singles, Gullickson made it 2-0 with a 6-1,6-1 decision over Carbone in the No. 1 match to bring her record to 25-7 this year. Kowase defeated Lukomskaya 6-1,6-1 at No. 4 for a 3-0 advantage. Herring clinched the team win with a 6-3,6-1 victory over Paulson in the No. 2 contest. She owns a team-best 26-6 singles mark. Gilchrist and Fuller posted straight set wins to make it 6-0, and the Razorbacks last hope for a point came down to the No. 6 match. Kimbell took the first set 6-4 and then Parenteau was aiming to send it to a third set with a hard-fought tiebreaker. However, Kimbell prevailed 17-15 to cap a Bulldog sweep.
“Arkansas came out and played us tough in the doubles, and I thought we did a great job coming through in all three matches and followed it up in the singles,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “It’s nice to get another SEC road win. There are days when you get down and have to find ways to raise your game and get a win, and we did that.
“Lilly’s match featured some great tennis, and in the tiebreaker there were set points and match points, it was back-and-forth,” Wallace added. “She came through for the final point.”
Up next, Georgia returns to Athens and plays host to No. 49 LSU Sunday at 1 p.m. The Tigers (9-6, 2-2 SEC) played No. 12 Tennessee on Friday.
No. 7 Georgia 7, No. 37 Arkansas 0
- #8 Gullickson/Gilchrist (UGA) def. #75 Paulson/Gringas (UA) 8-4
- Fuller/Herring (UGA) def. Carbone/Roy (UA) 9-7
- Kowase/Kimbell (UGA) def. Lukomskaya/Parenteau 9-8(4)
- #8 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Emily Carbone (UA) 6-1,6-1
- #51 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. Claudine Paulson (UA) 6-3,6-1
- Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Stephanie Roy (UA) 6-2,7-6(2)
- #40 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Kate Lukomskaya (UA) 6-1,6-1
- #69 Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Laurie Gingras (UA) 7-6(2),6-4
- Lilly Kimbell (UGA) vs. Catherine Parenteau (UA) 6-4,7-6(15)
Order of Finish: Double (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,2,3,5,6)
Team Records: UGA (14-2, 4-1 SEC); UA (8-7, 1-4 SEC)