No. 12 Georgia Set For South Carolina, No. 3 Florida
March 13, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.—The No. 12 Georgia women’s tennis team will play host to a pair of conference matches against SEC East rivals this weekend, facing South Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m. and No. 3 Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
• The Bulldogs last beat Florida at the 2009 SEC Tournament in Starkville, Miss. In 2012, the last time the Gators visiting Athens in the regular season, Georgia fell 4-3 in a match that came down to Lauren Herring in a three-set match at No. 2 singles
• Georgia and Florida have met in four of the last six SEC Tournament Championship Finals.
• Sunday will mark the first time in the regular season since 2007 that Georgia and Florida meet as Top-Five teams. In 2007, the Bulldogs won the regular season matchup 4-3 before beating the Gators 4-1 for the SEC Tournament championship.
• The Bulldogs enter the weekend after defeating No. 5 Virginia 4-3 at home on Wednesday. Georgia has now beaten a Top-Five opponent in two straight years (2013, 4-2 win at Texas A&M). Coincidentally, sophomore Mia King clinched both matches.
• In Wednesday’s match, Herring beat No. 3 Julia Elbaba 6-4, 6-4. For Herring, it was the highest ranked opponent that she’s beaten during her college career.
• The three points that Georgia conceded to Virginia in Wednesday’s match were the first at home since 3/22/13. In that period, the Bulldogs now have a combined 63-3 match score in 11 matches.
The Bulldogs have four singles players and two doubles pairs in the latest individual rankings. Lauren Herring and Silvia Garcia are in the Top-15 at No. 10 and No. 15, respectively. Maho Kowase sits at No. 21 and Lilly Kimbell sits at No. 45. In doubles, Herring and Kowase are ranked No. 3, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia broke in at No. 36 and Kimbell and Mia King are No. 60.
The Georgia women’s tennis program is the only in the SEC to have two singles players ranked in the Top-20 and is one of just two schools in the conference to have a doubles pair ranked in the Top-10.
After a quick look at the numbers, it’s easy to see why the Bulldogs are surely looking forward to the return of full third sets. Last season, the current Bulldogs won 75 percent of matches that went to a full third set. Over the course of each of their careers, the current Georgia squad wins nearly 70 percent of matches that go the full length.
And that’s just non-conference play. The Southeastern Conference is among the best in the country with six ranked teams, five (No. 3 Florida, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 Alabama, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. No. 12 Georgia) are in the Top-12.
Wallace’s excellence isn’t just limited to the women’s side as he is just one of six active collegiate tennis coaches (of men or women) to reach the 600–win mark. He is also just the fifth coach in UGA’s history to reach the 600-win mark (A. Landers, L. Harris-Champer, S. Yoculan, D. Magill).
King has sported a Top-100 ITF ranking, and has been ranked in the top five in her recruiting class by Tennisrecruiting.net since her freshman year. She received a wild card into the U.S. Open Junior Championships qualifying this year and, in 2011, played in the main draw of the U.S. Open Junior Championships in both singles and doubles, along with being a finalist in multiple ITF events.
After the match, fans can check Georgiadogs.com for post-match highlights and interviews. Fans can also “Like” Georgia Women’s Tennis on Facebook and follow @UGAWomensTennis on Twitter.
*The NCAA and ITA records for program wins are incomplete so these totals are based on a survey of SIDs. Updated 3/13/14.
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