May 23, 2013
Herring, the sixth-seed in the tournament, upended No. 27 Zoe Scandalis, 6-4, 6-2 to advance into the round of 16. She will face Stanford’s Krista Hardenbeck, a No. 9-16 seed, Friday at 12:00 p.m. ET. Hardebeck beat Cindy Chala of VCU 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 earlier Thursday.
“Lauren did a great job today,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “She was back in top form today and playing with some confidence. We’re looking forward to her match tomorrow afternoon.”
Fuller and Garcia, the tournament’s top seed, overcame a slow start to beat Rice’s Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. The Georgia duo will face the No. 16 pair Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo tomorrow in the round of 16. The time for that match has yet to be determined.
“[Kate and Silvia] got off to slow start and the other team was really playing well, but I thought that they weathered the storm nicely,” Wallace continued. “We really kept our composure and played a really solid third set.”
Junior Maho Kowase was eliminated from the singles tournament, falling to No. 4 Christina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M, 6-2. 6-1. Kowase ends the year with a 38-10 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.
As a team, Georgia (24-4) advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to No. 12 Stanford on Sunday afternoon, 4-1.