Oct. 14, 2011
ATHENS, Ga.-- The Georgia women's tennis team was nearly perfect on the first day of competition at the 2011 Bulldog Tennis Classic.
In doubles, Georgia got off to a quick start beating Michigan on all three courts. Georgia's 15th-ranked senior duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist outlasted Michigan's 17th-ranked pair of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender, 9-7. With the win, the Bulldog tandem is 8-1 this fall. Georgia's 20th-ranked pair of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring notched a 9-8 victory over the Wolverine's Mimi Nguyen and Michelle Sulahian. In the third pairing, Georgia's Rachael Hart and Lilly Kimbell beat Michigan's Sam Critser and Sarah Lee, 8-5.
"We won three doubles matches that if we hadn't done the small things, we could have lost all three, but we did a good job and that set the tone for singles," said head coach Jeff Wallace.
In singles, the Georgia women's tennis team went won their first five matches. Georgia sophomore Kate Fuller coasted to a 6-1, 6-0 win over West Virginia's Iktesh Chahal improving her fall record to 6-2. Fellow sophomore Rachael Hart followed suit, beating Virginia's Clare Spooner 6-2, 6-0. A short time later, 123rd-ranked Lilly Kimbell beat the Mountaineers' Mary Chupa 6-1, 6-2. With the win, Kimbell improves to 3-2 this fall. Senior Nadja Gilchrist, ranked 43rd nationally, beat West Virginia's Emily Mathis, 6-1, 6-3. Georgia's 9th-ranked Chelsey Gullickson beat West Virginia's Melis Tanik, 6-2, 6-3. With the win, Gullickson improves to 5-1 this fall. In the last match of the day, Bulldog Alina Jerjomina lost a hard-fought battle to Virginia's Marjorie Baker, 6-4, 6-1.
Georgia will resume action when they take on Virginia in doubles at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
#15 Gullickson/Gilchrist (UGA) def. #17 Bektas/Bolender (UM) 9-7
#20 Fuller/Herring (UGA) def. Nguyen/Sulahian (UM) 9-8
Hart/Kimbell (UGA) def. Critser/Lee (UM) 8-5
#9 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Melis Tanik (WVU) 6-2, 6-3
#43 Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Emily Mathis (WVU) 6-1, 6-3
Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Iktesh Chahal (WVU) 6-1,6-0
#123 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Mary Chupa (WVU) 6-1,6-2
Marjorie Baker (UVA) def. Alina Jerjomina (UGA) 6-4, 6-1
Rachael Hart (UGA) def. Clare Spooner (UVA) 6-2, 6-0