May 22, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. --- The University of Georgia women’s tennis team saw its season come to a close Sunday evening as the eighth-seeded Bulldogs fell 4-0 to the defending national champion and host Stanford Cardinal in the NCAA quarterfinals at the Taube Tennis Center.
Georgia wrapped up the 2011 campaign with an overall record of 19-4, while Stanford remains the nation’s lone unbeaten squad at 27-0 looking to defend its 2010 title.
The Cardinal tonight extended its NCAA-record home winning streak to 183 matches (147 regular season, 36 tournament), last losing on the home courts on Feb. 27, 1999. The squad also bumped its overall winning streak to 46 matches.
“I’m very proud of my team and the year that we had,” said head coach Jeff Wallace, who has led the Bulldogs to 26 consecutive NCAA Championships appearances. “I felt like we came out and had a great regional in Athens, playing one of our best matches of the year vs. Alabama and then playing a thriller in the Round of 16 vs. Cal. You have to take your hat off to Stanford today. Our doubles teams have been playing so well lately, and we’ve been winning that point often. Tonight we were winning on court two, and had 3-1 with an ad on three, but let it get away. We would’ve liked to have gotten the doubles point but we didn’t, then Stanford came out and played fantastic in singles. That’s all there is to it.”
At one point, Georgia led 6-3 on court two and 3-1 with ad on court three in doubles, before relinquishing both leads. The first doubles finisher was court one, where third-ranked Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette defeated Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson 8-1. Stanford then clawed back on court three, where No, 74 Carolyn McVeigh and Stacey Tan downed Cameron Ellis and Maho Kowase 8-5. Two was suspended at 7-7.
The Cardinal then made an even bigger surge in singles, winning five first sets on its way to three wins. The first came on court five as 43rd-ranked Tan defeated No. 86 Ellis by scores of 6-0, 6-0 to make it 2-0.
It would increase to a 3-0 lead for the home team when third-ranked Barte defeated No. 25 Gullickson, 6-1, 6-4, and the clincher came not long after as No. 18 Nicole Gibbs beat No. 79 Kowase, 6-2, 6-3.
The Bulldogs had life on the remaining courts, with freshman Lilly Kimbell leading 15th-ranked Kristie Ahn, 6-3, 4-1, and Gilchrist in a third set vs. Burdette, while freshman Kate Fuller was up 3-1 in the second.
Georgia will still be in action the singles and doubles draws as Gullickson will play in singles aiming to defend her 2010 title in addition to playing doubles with Fuller. Gilchrist is the first alternate in singles and the fourth alternate in doubles with Kimbell.
#2 Stanford 4, #8 Georgia 0
1. #3 Hilary Barte (STAN) def. #25 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) 6-1, 6-4
2. #22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) vs. #59 Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) 6-2, 4-6, unfinished
3. #18 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) def. #79 Maho Kowase (UGA) 6-2, 6-3
4. #15 Kristie Ahn (STAN) vs. Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 3-6, 1-4, unfinished
5. #43 Stacey Tan (STAN) def. #86 Cameron Ellis (UGA) 6-0, 6-0
6. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) vs. Kate Fuller (UGA) 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
1. #3 Hilary Barte/Mallory Burdette (STAN) def. Nadja Gilchrist/Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) 8-1
2. Nicole Gibbs/Veronica Li (STAN) vs. Kate Fuller/Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 7-7, unfinished
3. #74 Carolyn McVeigh/Stacey Tan (STAN) def. Cameron Ellis/Maho Kowase (UGA) 8-5
Georgia 19-5; National ranking #8
Stanford 27-0; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,3)