Oct. 20, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.--Three Georgia women's tennis players advanced to the regional finals of the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships. Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase will represent Georgia in the doubles final, while Garcia will represent the Bulldogs in the singles championship.
"I'm very excited with where we are at with Lauren and Maho getting ready to play in the doubles final and Silvia in the singles final," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "We have a huge opportunity tomorrow. Everyone had a good tournament and we're excited to be able to play in both finals tomorrow."
Georgia began the day with No. 50 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase advancing to the doubles region finals. The Bulldog tandem beat Florida's Kourtney Kegan and Belinda Woolcock 8-6, capitalizing on a late break. They will square off with Georgia Tech's Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey on Monday for a bid to the National Indoor Championships in New York in November,
In singles, No. 60 Silvia Garcia clinched a spot in Monday's final. She beat Georgia State's No. 37 Abigail Tere-Apisah, 7-5, 7-6(4) and then bested No. 16 Sofie Oyen, 6-4, 6-4. Garcia will square off with Florida's Alexandra Cercone tomorrow with the winner earning an automatic bid into next month's National Indoor Championships in New York. Also on Sunday, No. 14 Maho Kowase beat Miami's No. 52 Stephanie Wagner before falling short to No. 38 Cercone, 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinals.
The event is being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free. Both finals will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Updated draws and results can be found here.
Herring/Kowase (UGA) def. Keegan/Woolcock (UF), 8-6
Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Stephanie Wagner (UM), 6-3, 6-4
Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Abigail Tere-Apisah (GaSt), 7-5, 7-6(4)
Sofie Oyen (UF) def. Lilly Kimbell (UGA), 6-3, 6-2
Alex Cercone (UF) def. Maho Kowase (UGA), 7-5, 6-1
Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Sofie Oyen (UF), 6-4, 6-4