Bulldogs Advance At ITA Regional
Oct. 20, 2012
TAMPA, FLA.—The Georgia women’s tennis team registered another productive afternoon at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships Saturday with three Bulldogs reaching the quarterfinals and one doubles team in the semifinals.
Georgia’s number two seeded doubles team of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring advanced to the semifinals while top seed Maho Kowase, freshman Makenzie Craft and Herring came through in the singles. Craft had the most impressive win of her career to date.
“We played some high level tennis today in both singles and doubles,” said Bulldog head coach Jeff Wallace. “Looking first at doubles, I thought Kate and Lauren played one of the best matches of the fall so far, and our other team hung in there and had a chance against a fantastic team. The matches were very well-played.”
In doubles, the second-seeded and 30th-ranked tandem of Fuller and Herring picked up a pair of wins to move their record to 9-2. Fuller and Herring posted an 8-6 win over Mia Vriens and Francesca Sargeant of Florida State. Then, they defeated the Georgia Tech duo of Woodward/Kilborn 8-3. On Sunday, they will face the fourth seed in Florida’s Collins/Janowicz. Georgia’s third-seeded and 50th-ranked duo of Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell took care of Florida State’s Kristina Schleich and Leyla Erkin 8-3 in the round of 16. However, they fell in the quarterfinals to the Georgia State tandem of Tere-Apisah/Grgan 8-6.
In singles, top-seeded and 37th-ranked Kowase dispatched Kendal Woodward (Ga. Tech) 6-4,6-4. Kowase is now 13-2 this year. She will face Daneika Borthwick (Florida State) on Sunday.
Herring, ranked 53rd in the country, outlasted Briana Morgan (Florida) 6-1,3-6,7-5. Herring is 10-1 and the winner of six in a row. Meanwhile, freshman Makenzie Craft upset fourthth-seeded Danielle Collins (Florida) 1-6,6-4,7-6(7). Collins is ranked eighth nationally among freshmen. Herring will square off against Craft Sunday.
“Maho did a nice job, she was down 4-1 in the first set and came back,” Wallace added. “Makenzie’s match was just a great Georgia-Florida battle between a couple of freshmen. Collins made it to the semifinals of the All-American earlier this month and certainly this was great win for Makenzie. Then, Lauren picked up a big win over Morgan from Florida too. We had a good day.”
Fuller, ranked 62nd nationally, was eliminated by the second seed in 23rd-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah (Ga. State) 7-5,7-5. Tere-Apisah was a quarterfinalist at the NCAA Championships last year. Bulldog junior Lilly Kimbell lost a match in the back draw, falling to Sarah Means (FGSU) 6-2,6-2.
The USTA/UTA Regionals is a four-day singles and doubles tournament that serves as a qualifying event for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, considered the second leg of the collegiate Grand Slam. The Indoor Championships are held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. from Nov. 8-11.