May 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--Georgia sophomore Silvia Garcia and the doubles duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase advanced on Thursday in the NCAA singles and doubles championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Garcia, a No. 9-16 seed, outlasted No. 50 Taylor Davidson of Stanford, 6-0, 6-7(6), 7-5. Garcia used a pair of late breaks in the final set to grab the late momentum and advance to the round of 16. She will now face Duke Beatrice Capra, the tournament's No. 5 seed, on Friday at 10 a.m.
"I knew it was going to be a hard match," Garcia said. "I just hung in and was able to win eventually. It's really exciting. I was having a blast being with my teammates and my fans. It's so exciting to win and have another chance to play tomorrow. I'll try to do my best again."
Kowase and Herring, the tournament's No. 2 seed, beat Esther Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith, 6-2, 6-4. Since Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady of UCLA were forced to retire, Herring and Kowase are the top-seeded duo remaining. On Friday, they will face No. 29 Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning of Northwestern at 2:30pm.
"I think we just had fun on the court, and just focused on every point," Kowase said. "I feel great [about advancing]. The fans were there just to watch us as individuals so it felt great. I want to keep playing on these courts and with Lauren for as long as I can."
Georgia's No. 19 doubles pairing of Garcia and Kate Fuller came up short against the No. 5-8 seed of Miami's Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno, 6-2, 6-2. Fuller and Garcia, who started the spring unranked, finished the season with a 27-6 mark. Over the last two seasons, the pair went 53-10.
Earlier in the day, Herring was eliminated from the singles tournament, falling to No. 21 Carol Zhao of Stanford, 7-6(4), 7-5. Herring ends the year with a 31-5 record.
Georgia has had three NCAA individual singles champions: Lisa Spain in 1984, Angela Lettiere in 1994 and Chelsey Gullickson in 2010. Shannan McCarthy was the runner-up in 1992. No Georgia pairing has ever won the NCAA doubles championship, but Bulldog teams have reached the finals four times, including Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist in 2012.
Georgia Results from Thursday
#15 [9-16] Silvia Garcia (GEORGIA) def. #50 Taylor Davidson (STANFORD), 6-0, 6-7(6), 7-5
#21 Carol Zhao (STANFORD) def. #6  Lauren Herring (GEORGIA), 7-6(4), 7-5
#8 [5-8] Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (MIAMI) def. #19 Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (UGA), 6-2, 6-2
#2  Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) def. #36 Ester Goldfeld/Alyssa Smith (DUKE), 6-2, 6-4