Oct. 19, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.--Four Georgia women's tennis players advanced on a soggy Saturday at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships.
Rainy weather in the Athens area forced several competition delays and schedule changes.
"Maho and Lilly really finished strong beating two Florida players in really tough matches," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "They really capped off a great day for us. It was a big day for everybody. Tomorrow is the day that people try to work their way into that final and try to get that trip to New York. Hopefully there will be a lot of Bulldogs in the mix."
In singles, three Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals, which will be held Sunday. No. 60 Silvia Garcia topped No. 84 Lina Lileikite, 6-1, 7-6(3). Lilly Kimbell continued the Bulldogs' winning ways with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of sixteenth-seed Kourtney Keegan. For Kimbell, she's won ten matches so far this fall. Kowase finished the day with a win, beating fifteen-seed Belinda Woolcock of Florida, 7-6(2), 7-6(5). Kowase trailed 0-5 in the second tiebreaker before reeling off seven points to clinch the match.
On Sunday, Kowase will square off with No. 52 Stephanie Wagner of Miami. Garcia will face in-state foe No. 37 Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State while Kimbell will look to beat Florida's No. 16 Sofie Oyen. The quarterfinals will start at 12:30 p.m. and winner will play in the semifinals later in the day.
In doubles, Georgia's No. 50 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase punched their ticket to the semifinals. The Bulldog tandem got off to a quick start, beating Georgia Tech's Rasheeda McAdoo and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer, 8-2. A short time later, they beat Miami's Clementina Riobueno and Monique Albuquerque, 8-3. With the win, they improve to 7-1 this fall and advance to tomorrow's semifinal round versus Florida's Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock. Mia King and Lilly Kimbell came from behind to upset No. 21 Abigail Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan of Georgia State, the second seed in the tournament, 8-7 (6), but fell in the quarterfinals to the Gators' Keegan and Woolcock.
Kowase and Herring will face the Gators' Keegan and Woolcock tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the semifinals.
The singles and doubles winners from all 12 regional sites will earn bids to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York, Nov. 7-10.
The event is being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free.
Updated draws and results can be found here.
Herring/Kowase (UGA) def. McAdoo/Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT), 8-2
King/Kimbell (UGA) def. A. Tere-Apisah/Grgan (GaSt), 8-7(6)
Herring/Kowase (UGA) def. Riobueno/Albuquerque (UM), 8-3
Keegan/Woolcock (UF) def. King/Kimbell (UGA), 8-3
Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Belinda Woolcock (UF), 7-6(2), 7-6(5)
Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Lina Lileikite (UM), 6-1, 7-6(3)
Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Kourtney Keegan (UF), 6-2, 6-1