Lauren Herring advanced the quarterfinals before her tournament run ended.
Nov. 9, 2012
NEW YORK, N.Y.-----Georgia sophomore Lauren Herring advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoors before being eliminated here Friday.
Herring, ranked No. 53, won her first match of the day, posting a 6-4,6-3 win over 23rd-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah (Georgia State). Then, she faced 32nd-ranked Sofie Oyen (Florida). It was the second meeting of the fall between the SEC rivals. Herrring defeated Oyen to win the ITA Southeast Regional title in Tampa two weeks ago, but on Friday, Oyen edged Herring, 6-3,1-6,6-3. Incidentally, Herring upset Tere-Apisah in the semifinals of the ITA regional in Tampa too. Herring concludes the fall with a 17-2 record.
In consolation action, Bulldog junior Maho Kowase notched an impressive win to reach the quarterfinals. Ranked 37th, Kowase registered a 6-4,6-2 victory over 26th-ranked Zoe DeBruycker (North Carolina). Kowase is now 17-4 this fall. In consolation doubles, the Hering/Kate Fuller team fell to Maci Epstein and Erin Vierra (Virginia) 8-5 in the quarterfinals. They end the fall with a 12-5 mark.
In Rolling Hills Estates California, a couple of Bulldogs began play in the second annual Jack Kramer Invitational. Freshman Makenzie Craft picked up a couple of singles wins. Craft defeated Claudia Razzetto (Loyola Marymount) in straight sets and then beat Victoria Kisialeva (Baylor) 6-4,6-0. Junior Lilly Kimbell went 1-1 on the day. She beat Pricilla Garica (Santa Barbera) 3-6,6-2,1-0(10-11) and then fell to Megan Horter (Baylor) 6-0,6-0. In doubles, the Craft/Kimbell dispatched Paola Cos and Priscilla Garcia (Santa Barbara) 8-3. Two rounds of doubles and one round of singles are scheduled Saturday.
"We played well in doubles and look to continue that the rest of the weekend here," said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace who was with Craft and Kimbell in California. "Makenzie came through with two good wins too."