Fuller/Herring Duo Claims Bulldog Classic Title
Kate Fuller posted a three-set comeback Sunday.


Kate Fuller posted a three-set comeback Sunday.
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Oct. 14, 2012

Final Stats

ATHENS-----The Georgia duo of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring were named doubles champions at the Bulldog Classic Sunday while Virginia freshman Stephanie Nauta earned the singles title. 

The Fuller/Herring duo went 3-0 in the round-robin event while Nauta went 3-0 including two wins over ranked opponents. Sunday’s action featured only singles, and Herring and Fuller notched wins for the Bulldogs. The 53rd-ranked Herring dispatched 77th-ranked Li Xi (Virginia) 6-3,6-1. Fuller capped the day’s action with a thrilling three-set comeback over freshman Macie Epstein (UVA). Fuller trailed 5-2 in the final set before rallying for a 3-6,6-4,7-5 victory.

“She’s a good player and I was down 4-1 and then 5-2 in the final set, and I knew I had to hang in there,” said Fuller. “I made a few adjustments, got a break back at 5-3 and just stayed in the points. I was glad to come through.”

Meanwhile, Nauta upset Georgia’s 37th-ranked Maho Kowase after falling behind 5-2 in the first set and forced a tiebreaker. The pair each saved a set point until Nauta emerged with a 9-7 win in the tiebreaker. Then, she took the second set 6-3 to win the match. Virginia senior Maria Fuccillo outlasted Bulldog freshman Makenzie Craft in three sets, 6-4,3-6,6-4. Also, Virginia senior Erin Vierra defeated Bulldog junior Lilly Kimbell 7-6(4),6-2. 

“I thought we had great matches on all five courts today, and everybody hung in there,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “Lauren played a clean match in her win in straight sets while Kate played well to pull one out too. Makenzie’s match was close, she showed a lot of fight in that one and Lilly and Maho’s matches were against tough opponents who came out on top today. Overall, we know a little more about our team and what we need to work on so I’m pleased with how the weekend went.”

Georgia returns to action Friday at the ITA Regional Championships in Tampa, Fla.

Bulldog Classic: Sunday Results

Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. {37} Maho Kowase (UGA) 7-6(7),6-3

{53}Lauren Herring (UGA) def. {77} Li Xi (UVA) 6-3,6-1

{62}Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Macie Epstein (UVA) 3-6,6-4,7-5

{99}Maria Fuccillo (UVA) def. Makenzie Craft (UGA) 6-4,3-6,6-4

{103}Erin Vierra (UVA) def. Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 7-6(4),6-2

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