March 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 9 Georgia women's tennis team opened its weekend with a win, shutting out No. 7 Texas A&M 4-0 Friday night at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. The match was played indoors due to inclement weather in the Athens area.
The Bulldogs have now beaten four top-ten opponents this season.
"I thought we did a great job today," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "I think our players came out with a lot of energy. We got the big doubles point and I think we played very high-level singles on every court. It was nice to get a 4-0 win with our players playing great tennis too."
Georgia took an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. The No. 25 duo of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia were first off the court with an 8-5 win over Ines Deheza and Saska Gavrilovska. The Bulldogs clinched their 16th doubles point of the season when the No. 2 pairing of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase defeated No. 39 Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu, 8-5. Herring and Kowase improve to 9-2 against ranked opponents.
In singles, Kimbell was first off the court, picking up her 24th win of the campaign with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Hristov. No. 19 Garcia gave Georgia a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Deheza. A short time later, No. 21 Kowase picked up her second match clincher of the year, beating No. 62 Gavrilovska, 7-6(5), 6-4. With the win, she improves to a team-best 29-5 this year.
Georgia will return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Missouri. The match will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free. Sunday's match will also be part of the USTA's College MatchDay program and will be carried live on ESPN3.
#9 Georgia 4, #7 Texas A&M 0
1. #6 Lauren Herring (UGA) vs. #12 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
2. #21 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Ines Deheza (TAMU) 6-4, 6-1
3. #19 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #62 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) 7-6, 6-4
4. #63 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Kate Fuller (UGA) vs. #109 Anna Mamalat (TAMU) 4-3, 0-0, unfinished
6. Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) 2-2, 0-0, unfinished
1. #2 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #39 Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu (TAMU) 8-5
2. #25 Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Ines Deheza/Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) 8-5
3. #68 Lilly Kimbell/Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Rutuja Bhosale/Anna Mamalat (TAMU) 5-7, unfinished
Texas A&M 13-4, 6-2; National ranking #7
Georgia 14-3, 7-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,2,3)
Match played indoors due to rain.
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:04 A-457