Highlights of the Georgia women's tennis team's 4-0 win over Florida State in the NCAA Second Round.
May 10, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--The top-seeded Georgia women's tennis team beat No. 37 Florida State Saturday evening at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, punching its ticket to the NCAA Round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year. The Bulldogs (23-4) will play on Thursday, May 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET in Athens against an opponent still to be determined.
It marks the 14th time that Georgia has advanced to the Round of 16 since the tournament moved to its current format in 1999. Georgia improves to 26-0 in first and second round matches that have been hosted in Athens.
"Our players were really focused," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "We had good energy out there in doubles to get the doubles point. In singles, it seemed like both teams were playing at a really high-level but some of our players did a good job of extending their leads and closing out sets. I was excited to see us get the 4-0 win."
Georgia won an indoor doubles point before moving outdoors and winning three singles matches.
The No. 2 pair of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase beat Florida State's No. 30 duo Kerrie Carwright and Daneika Borthwick, 8-1. The win was their 31st of the season. Just a short time later, Lilly Kimbell and Caroline Brinson topped Mia Vriens and Kristina Schleich, 8-3, to clinch the doubles point. Kimbell and Brinson have clinched ten doubles points for the Bulldogs this year
"It's an amazing feeling [to be headed back to the round of 16]," Lauren Herring said. "It's even more amazing because it's here in Athens. I don't think there's a better feeling than playing in front of the crowd here and I can't say enough about how much they help and support us."
In singles, Lilly Kimbell was the first off the court with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Daniela Schippers. Kimbell has now won four straight matches. Maho Kowase, ranked No. 20 in the country, gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mia Vriens. Kowase leads the team with 38 singles wins this year. Sixth-ranked Lauren Herring clinched the Bulldogs' spot in the Round of 16, beating Kerrie Cartwright 6-2, 6-5. Herring won the match's final 10 games to grab her 29th win of the season. The match clincher is Herring's fifth of the year.
With Saturday's win, the Bulldogs advance to their fourth consecutive Sweet Sixteen.
The Bulldogs are making their 28th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tennis Championships, ranking fifth nationally in a tie with Florida. Georgia is 69-25 in the NCAA Championships, including 10 trips to the National Semifinals with national titles in 1994 and 2000.
The NCAA Championships will begin in Athens, Ga. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Thursday with the women's Round of 16. The men's round of 16 matches are slated for Friday, and the finals for both genders will be played Tuesday, May 20. The singles and doubles portion of the tournament will begin May 21.
#1 GEORGIA (23-4) def. #37 FLORIDA STATE (16-13), 4-0
Doubles (Order of finish: 1,3)
1. #2 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (GEORGIA) def. #30 Kerrie Carwright/Daneika Borthwick (FLORIDA STATE), 8-1
2. #19 Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (GEORGIA) vs. Duda Santos/Daniela Schippers (FLORIDA STATE), 7-2, unf.
3. Lilly Kimbell/Caroline Brinson (GEORGIA) def. Mia Vriens/Kristina Schleich (FLORIDA STATE), 8-3
Singles (Order of finish: 4,3,1)
1. *#6 Lauren Herring (GEORGIA) def. #120 Kerrie Cartwright (FLORIDA STATE), 6-2, 6-0
2. #15 Silvia Garcia (GEORGIA) vs. Daneika Borthwick (FLORIDA STATE), 6-3, 4-1, unf.
3. #20 Maho Kowase (GEORGIA) def. Mia Vriens (FLORIDA STATE), 6-1, 6-3
4. #102 Lilly Kimbell (GEORGIA) def. Daniela Schippers FLORIDA STATE), 6-1, 6-1
5. Kate Fuller (GEORGIA) vs. Kristina Schleich (FLORIDA STATE), 6-1, 4-5, unf.
6. Mia King (GEORGIA) vs. Laurence Porry (FLORIDA STATE), 7-6(6), 2-0, unf.