Sophomore Lauren Herring
Nov. 2, 2012
Portland, Ore.—The Georgia women’s tennis team won seven singles and doubles matches on the first day of the USTA Collegiate Invitational.
“We started off the day with some great doubles wins, and then played solid in singles,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “Makenzie was the only player to lose, but she battled back after being a set down to a Top-30 player, and I think she really learned a lot. We finished with two more doubles wins and it’s great to have both of our teams in the semifinals tomorrow.”
In doubles, both pairings advanced to the semifinals with two wins apiece. The 30th-ranked duo of Lauren Herring and Kate Fuller beat a USTA juniors pair, 8-2 in the Round of 16 and knocked off Julija Lukac and Andela Nemcevic of Washington, 8-2, in the quarterfinals. The Georgia duo is now on a ten-match win streak and will play UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips and Skylar Morton tomorrow in the semifinals.
Georgia’s other doubles pairing of Maho Kowase and Makenzie Craft overwhelmed a USTA juniors pair in the Round of 16, 8-4. In the second round, they beat Elianne Douglas Miron and Grace Ysidora of Washington, 8-5. Their semifinal round opponent has yet to be determined.
In singles, all four Bulldogs participated in the first day of the round robin tournament. Kowase, ranked 37th in the country, beat Portland State’s Dacia Burobina, 6-0, 6-1. The win is Kowase 15th of the year. Fuller, the 62nd-ranked singles player in the country, beat Washington’s Andela Nemcevic, 6-3, 6-2. Fuller is now 8-2 in her last ten matches. Herring, ranked 53rd in the country, picked up the Bulldog’s third win of the day with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Portland’s Saroop. Down a set, Craft battled back against 27th ranked Marianne Jodin of Duke in the first round, but ultimately fell 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Tomorrow, the semifinals and finals of the doubles competition will be played, as well as another round of singles.
Draws for the tournament can be found here.