Freshman Makenzie Craft picked up her first career singles and doubles victories Friday.
Sept. 21, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Georgia women’s tennis team picked up a doubles victory and four singles wins on Friday at the Wolverine Invitational.
“Overall, it was a really good first day,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “It was exciting to see our players finally get to play against someone else. They’ve been working hard and it showed today. I think our singles play was solid, and even though our No. 1 doubles team lost, I thought they played well.”
Georgia started the day with doubles competition against Michigan. The Bulldogs’ 30th-ranked duo of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring fell to the 5th-ranked pair of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender, 8-6. Georgia freshman Makenzie Craft notched her first career doubles victory paired with junior Maho Kowase as they beat the Wolverines’ Mimi Nguyen and Ronit Yurovsky, 9-7.
In singles, Georgia played Utah on five courts and Western Michigan on one. Kowase, ranked 37th-nationally, beat the Utes’ Callie Craig, 6-4, 6-0. No. 53 Herring beat Utah’s Elena Najera 6-1, 6-0. Georgia’s Fuller, ranked 62nd in the country, outlasted Utah’s Sarah Pham, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Craft notched her first career singles victory with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Natasha Smith. Georgia’s Lilly Kimbell and Kelli Jordan fell to Utah’s Tereza Bekerova and Western Michigan's Kelsey King, respectively.
Georgia will begin Saturday’s action at 10 a.m. with a doubles match-up against Iowa. Later in the day, Georgia will square off with Michigan in singles. For live updates, click here.
Day One Results – Wolverine Invitational
Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (Michigan) d. Kate Fuller/Lauren Herring (Georgia), 8-6
Maho Kowase/Mackenzie Craft (Georgia) d. Mim Nguyen/Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan), 9-7
Maho Kowase (Georgia) d. Callie Craig (Utah), 6-4, 6-0
Lauren Herring (Georgia) d. Elena Najera (Utah), 6-1, 6-0
Tereza Bekerova (Utah) d. Lilly Kimbell (Georgia), 6-4, 6-2
Kate Fuller (Georgia) d. Sarah Pham (Utah), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Mackenzie Craft (Georgia) d. Natasha Smith (Utah), 6-4, 6-2
Kelsey King (Western Michigan) d. Kelli Jordan (Georgia), 6-0, 6-0