ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia will have a chance to take home the singles and doubles titles at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regionals on Monday.
On Sunday, sophomore Lauren Herring picked up two wins to advance to Monday's singles final and another win with doubles partner Kate Fuller to advance to Monday's doubles final.Herring is ranked 53rd in the country, and she and Fuller are ranked 30th among doubles teams.
"We played some really good tennis today," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "For Lauren to get to the finals in singles, and for Kate to join her in doubles is what it's all about. They'll play hard and play smart and fight like Bulldogs."
In singles, Herring began the day with a 6-3, 6-0 win over teammate Makenzie Craft. She followed with a 6-4, 6-4 upset of second-seeded and 23rd-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State. Junior Maho Kowase, ranked 37th nationally, advanced into the semifinals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Florida State's Daneika Borthwick, but then fell to Florida's 32nd-ranked Sophie Oyen 6-3, 6-0.
In doubles, Georgia's remaining duo of Fuller and Herring overwhelmed Florida's Danielle Collins and Olivia Janowicz, 8-3, to clinch a spot in the championship match tomorrow.
Last year, former Georgia Bulldog Chelsey Gullickson won the singles title and then won the doubles crown with current Georgia junior Lilly Kimbell.The USTA/ITA 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 singles and doubles champions will earn automatic entry into the event.
The Indoor Championships are held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. from Nov. 8-11.