Bulldogs Fall Short to No. 8 Alabama

Highlights of Georgia women's tennis against Alabama from Friday night.

April 11, 2014

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ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 8 Georgia women's tennis fell short to No. 9 Alabama, losing 4-3 Friday night at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Georgia lost the doubles point and came up just short of four singles wins.

The loss snaps Georgia's (17-4, 10-2) four-match winning streak.

"I thought our players came out and got a lot of momentum in singles," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "We played really great first sets on every court. It looked like we had some momentum built up. We got within a couple points of closing out the match but then just lost a couple of tough third sets. Credit Alabama, they really played well all the way through and its just a tough loss.

"Sometimes the toughest thing about sports is the greatest thing about sports: after a tough defeat, there's always tomorrow and tomorrow for us comes Sunday at 1 p.m. against Auburn. We look forward to getting back out on the courts."

In doubles, Alabama (19-3, 11-1) picked up the early momentum with wins on courts one and three. The Bulldogs' No. 28 duo of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia won the first match, 8-2, over Danielle Spielmann and Mary Anne Daines. Alabama, however, would quickly capture the momentum with the final two wins in doubles. The No. 10 pair of Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen beat No. 2 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase and the No. 32 tandem of Emily Zabor and Luicenlena Perez topped the No. 81 duo of Lilly Kimbell and Caroline Brinson, both by scores of 8-3.

In singles, Georgia slowed the Crimson Tide momentum, but couldn't cap the come from behind victory. No. 14 Garcia evened the match score with 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 106 Spielmann. The win is Garcia's 30th of the season and fourth in a row. Shortly after, No. 7 Herring outdid No. 53 Mary Anne Daines 6-2, 6-4 for her ninth straight win. Alabama tied the score at 2-2 when No. 87 Jansen got past No. 73 Kimbell, 7-6(5), 6-1.

After Georgia retook the lead with No. 19 Kowase's 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 comeback win over No. 64 Routliffe, Alabama reeled off two straight wins to win the match. Zabor beat Fuller 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 and Perez outlasted King, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the match.

Georgia will close out the regular season Sunday afternoon against Auburn at 1 p.m. Georgia's three seniors--Kate Fuller, Lilly Kimbell, Maho Kowase--will be recognized prior to the match during Senior Day festivities. All matches are held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free.

#9 Alabama 4, #8 Georgia 3
Singles competition 
1. #7 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #53 Mary Anne Daines (UA) 6-2, 6-4

2. #14 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. #106 Danielle Spielmann (UA) 6-1, 6-2

3. #19 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #64 Erin Routliffe (UA) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0

4. #87 Maya Jansen (UA) def. #73 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

5. Emily Zabor (UA) def. Kate Fuller (UGA) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

6. Luicelena Perez (UA) def. Mia King (UGA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition 
1. #10 Erin Routliffe/Maya Jansen (UA) def. #2 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) 8-3

2. #28 Silvia Garcia/Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Danielle Spielmann/Mary Anne Daines (UA) 8-2

3. #52 Emily Zabor/Luicelena Perez (UA) def. #81 Lilly Kimbell/Caroline Brinson (UGA) 8-3

Match Notes:
Alabama 19-3, 12-1; National ranking #9

Georgia 17-4, 10-2; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,5,6)

Official: Clark Weaver  T-3:42  A-833  



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