Nov. 7, 2013
FLUSHING, N.Y.—Georgia saw two singles players and one doubles pair advance on the first day of the ITA National Indoor Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
“We played a lot of really good tennis today,” said assistant coach Drake Bernstein. “We beat two good teams in doubles and [Lauren and Maho] had a great comeback in their second match. They really fought hard. Everyone played well in singles too. When you come to a tournament like this, you know that you’re going to have a lot of close matches and we handled it well.”
In doubles, Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase advanced to the quarterfinals after coming from behind to beat Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb, 8-6. The Georgia duo trailed 6-1, before rallying for the win. Earlier in the day, Herring and Kowase topped Columbia’s No. 29 pair of Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya, 8-6.
In singles, eighth-seeded Silvia Garcia overcame an early first set break to win 6-4, 6-0 over Kiah Generette of Baylor. Garcia will face UNLV’s Lucia Batta tomorrow. Maho Kowase, ranked 14th in the country, upended fifth seed Zsofi Susyani of Cal 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Kowase will match up with Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine. Sixth seed Lauren Herring fell in a tight, three-set match to Virginia’s Julie Elbaba, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2. Herring will play Generette tomorrow in the consolation draw.
Georgia players have four titles in program history. Former Bulldog All-American Agata Cioroch captured a pair of ITA National Indoor titles in 2002-03. In doubles, All-Americans Michelle Anderson and Angela Lettiere won it in 1994 and All-Americans Vanessa Castellano and Marissa Catlin claimed the 1999 title.
Georgia is one of 21 schools represented in the women's singles draw and one of only three teams with three players represented in the draw.
The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serve as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. The championship features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women. For updated results and draws, click here.
Friday, Nov. 8
Round of 16
Main Draw Quarterfinals
Consolation Round of 16
Saturday, Nov. 9
Main Draw Semifinals
Sunday, Nov. 10
Main Draw Final