Bulldogs Blank Arkansas 4-0 At SEC Tournament
April 22, 2011
KNOXVILLE, TENN. -- Ninth-ranked Georgia advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament with a 4-0 win over No. 21 Arkansas Friday at Barksdale Stadium. The Bulldogs (16-3) captured the doubles point and then won three singles matches for the victory over the Razorbacks (17-9). Up next, Georgia will face the winner of the Tennessee/Kentucky match in the semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m. The UT/UK contest began after Georgia's quarterfinal win Friday. Last Saturday, the Lady Volunteers posted a 5-2 win over Georgia here while the Bulldogs dispatched Kentucky 6-1 in Athens on March 13.
In doubles against the Razorbacks, the first match to finish involved Georgia's No. 3 team of Alexandra Anghelescu and Maho Kowase as they posted an 8-3 win over Valentina Starkova and Jade Frampton. The two remaining matches were much tighter and finished within minutes of each other. Arkansas' 19th-ranked team of Anouk Tigu and Claudine Paulson edged 10th-ranked Chelsey Gullickson and Kate Fuller 8-6 in the No. 1 contest. Then at No. 2, Georgia's 41st-ranked duo of Lilly Kimbell and Nadja Gilchrist clinched the team point with an 8-5 decision over Stephanie Roy and Kate Lukosmkaya.
Georgia won the regular season meeting with the Razorbacks 7-0 in Athens, and Friday's contest featured four of the same matchups in singles involving Gullickson, Kimbell, Fuller and senior Cameron Ellis. Gullickson dropped the first set to Tigu at No. 1. Kimbell went to a tiebreaker in her first set with Paulson at No. 3 that Paulson eventually claimed. Fuller was battling Carbone again at No. 4 while Ellis was cruising over Frampton at No. 6, 6-2, 3-0. In the other two matches, Kowase was up 6-1 over Roy at No. 2 while Anghelescu took the first set from Lukomskaya 6-0 at No. 4.
Ellis made it 2-0 Bulldogs when she closed out Frampton, 6-2,6-0 to improve to 28-6 this season. Then, Kowase finished off Roy at No. 2, registering a 6-1,6-1 victory to make it 3-0 Georgia. Kowase is 29-10 in singles this year. Meanwhile, Gullickson came back to take the second set over Tigu. That match and two others were halted when Anghelescu clinched the victory for the Bulldogs with a 6-0,6-2 win over Lukomskaya. Anghelescu ran her record to 21-10. It was the fourth time she has clinched a match this season, tying for the team-high with Kimbell.
"I thought we came out and played really well in doubles, Arkansas has a great team and pushed us in doubles and then in the singles too," said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. "We played lights out on court two, four and six in singles, and I was impressed how we were fighting all the way at one, three and five. Everybody was focused. It's important to get off the court as fast as you can in the tournament because we hope to play a lot of tennis here this weekend."
SEC Tournament, Quarterfinals: #9 Georgia 4, #21 Arkansas 0