Solid Saturday for the Bulldogs at ITA Regionals
Oct. 22, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla.---The Georgia women’s tennis advanced two singles players to the quarterfinals and two doubles teams to the semifinals at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Women's Tennis Championships Saturday.
Saturday’s schedule featured one round of doubles competition, and two rounds of singles play starting with the round of 32.
In singles, four Bulldogs won and advanced to the round of 16 later in the day. Freshman Lauren Herring, after being down 5-2 in the third set, came back to beat Florida’s 34th-ranked Alex Cercone 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Ninth-ranked Chelsey Gullickson found herself trailing in the third set too. Down 5-1 in the third set, she roared back to win the third set and the match topping Georgia State’s Abigail Tere-Apisah, 7-6(4), 1-6, 7-6(4). Sophomore Kate Fuller followed suit beating Georgia Tech’s Muriel Wacker, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Fellow sophomore Lilly Kimbell, ranked 123rd nationally, upended Stetson’s Sara Lazarevic, 6-1, 7-5.
Sophomore Alina Jerjomina fell in her first match of the day to Florida’s Lauren Embree, 6-0, 6-2. Embree is ranked 5th nationally, and is the tournament’s top seed.
In the round of 16, two Bulldogs won to advance to the quarterfinal round. Herring, who started cramping up 4-3 in the second set, beat Florida State’s Mia Vriens, 6-4, 7-5, improving her overall record to 10-2. Gullickson blanked Georgia Tech’s Elizabeth Kilborn in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. She moves to 10-1 overall. Fuller fell to the tournament’s 4th overall seed, Miami’s 25th-ranked Anna Bartenstein, 6-2, 7-6 (5). Later, Kimbell fell to Florida’s 37th-ranked Olivia Janowicz, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles, both Bulldog tandems advanced to Sunday’s semifinal round. The 20th-ranked pair of Fuller and Herring came back after being down 5-1, to beat Georgia Tech’s Kilborn and Blau, 8-6. It’s the pair’s 10th win of the fall. Teammates Gullickson and Kimbell outdueled South Florida’s Vasenina and Alonso, 8-4.
“We faced a lot of adversity today, coming back and winning a couple different times. It was an unbelievable feat,” said associate head coach Frank Polito. “Today was all about fight and heart and being a Georgia Bulldog.”
On Sunday, Gullickson and Herring will face Florida’s Olivia Janowicz Mather and Lauren Embree in the quarterfinals of the singles division, respectively. Embree is ranked 5th, and Mather is ranked 26th. In doubles, Gullickson and Kimbell will face off with Florida’s Janowicz and Hitimana. Fuller and Herring will dual with Florida State’s Seaborne and De Los Santos.
A four-day singles and doubles event, this regional 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. 3-6.
Singles – Round of 32
Lauren Herring def. Alex Cercone (UF) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Lilly Kimbell def. Sara Lazarevic (SU) 6-1, 7-5
Kate Fuller def. Muriel Wacker (GT) 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Chelsey Gullickson def. Abigail Tere-Apisah 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (4)
Lauren Embree (UF) def. Alina Jerjomina 6-0, 6-2
Round of 16
Lauren Herring def. Mia Vriens (FSU) 6-4, 7-5
Olivia Janowicz (UF) def. Lilly Kimbell 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Anna Bartenstein (UM) def. Kate Fuller 6-2, 7-6(5)
Chelsey Gullickson def. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles – Quarterfinals
Gullickson/Kimbell def. Vasenina/Alonso (USF) 8-4
Fuller/Herring def. Kilborn/Blau (GT) 8-6
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