Sophomore Maho Kowase is ranked No. 22 in singles.
Jan. 11, 2012
ATHENS-----The seventh-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team begins the 2012 indoor season here Friday by playing host to No. 46 Kansas State at 4 p.m.
Georgia, under the direction of Jeff Wallace, returns eight letter-winners including three All-Americans in seniors Chelsey Gullickson, Nadja Gilchrist and sophomore Kate Fuller. In the current Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, Gullickson is No. 2 nationally in singles and No. 2 in doubles with Gilchrist.
Gullickson went 14-2 in singles this past fall and 16-3 in doubles. Bulldog sophomore Maho Kowase, Fuller and freshman Lauren Herring have earned a career-best singles ranking following their fall performance. Kowase moved up to No. 22 after posting an 8-1 mark while Herring is No. 52 and Fuller at No. 56. Both Fuller and Herring are 12-4 in singles and are 13-6 as a duo where they are ranked No. 60. Georgia went 19-5 last season and finished with a No. 8 national ranking.
"We're looking forward to starting the dual match season Friday," said Wallace who is in his 27th year at the helm. "We had a productive fall, playing in a lot of tournaments, and now it's going to be exciting to compete as a team again."
Kansas State opens its season Friday as well, and the Wildcats are coming off one of their best campaigns in school history. KSU welcomes back six letter-winners from its 2011 squad that registered a 16-7 record. Sophomore Petra Niedermayerova has achieved the highest individual ranking in Wildcat history, entering the indoor season ranked No. 17. She went 6-6 in the fall after going 24-10 as a freshman and winning the Big 12 singles title. Junior Karla Bonacic is No. 94 in singles while the doubles team of Niedermayerova and freshman Marketa Trousilova are No. 28.
On Sunday, Georgia will face Troy (0-0) at the Hopkins Indoor Courts at 1 p.m. The Trojans compiled a 12-14 record in 2011. They will open up with KSU here on Saturday at 3 p.m.