March 27, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 5 Georgia women's tennis team continues conference play, hitting the road to take on No. 58 Missouri on Friday and No. 3 Texas A&M. on Sunday.
Due to concerns about the weather, Friday's match against Missouri has been moved to St. Louis and will take place at 3 p.m ET. The match is scheduled to played outdoors at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center. If the temperature outside is below 50 degrees, the match have to be moved indoors, it will take place at the Sunset Tennis Center, also in St. Louis.
Live scoring will be provided by both host schools and will be available through Georgiadogs.com.
MATCH POINTS: Georgia hits the road for its longest road-trip of the season, traveling to take on conference newcomers No. 58 Missouri and No. 3 Texas A&M. Due to weather concerns, Georgia will face Missouri on Friday in St. Louis at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to College Station, Texas for its match against Texas A&M at Noon ET Sunday. The Bulldogs held at No. 5 in the latest ITA rankings after going 2-0 last week, beating No. 16 Vanderbilt and No. 46 Kentucky. Georgia has won eight of its last nine matches.
A LOOK AT MISSOURI: Due to weather, the match, which was originally scheduled to be played at 6 p.m. in Columbia, Mo., will now take place at 3 p.m. in St. Louis at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center. If the weather forces the match to be played indoors, the match will be played at the Sunset Tennis Center, also located in St. Louis.
The Bulldogs beat Missouri in an early Spring match-up last season in Athens. The Tigers enter Friday's match fresh off a non-conference 6-1 win over Wichita State on Sunday. Junior Cierra Gaylan Leach is Missouri's lone ranked player at No. 105.
A LOOK AT TEXAS A&M: For the third time this season, Georgia will take on a Top-Five opponent away from Athens (No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Florida). The Aggies are undefeated in conference play and the winner of twelve in a row. They beat Florida 4-3 in early March. Texas A&M has three singles players ranked, headlined by Cristina Sanchez Quintanar at No. 5, and two doubles pairs ranked, including the No. 6 tandem of Hristov/Stancu.
Georgia is 7-0 all-time against the Aggies, having last played in 2008 in College Station. Georgia is looking to improve to 4-0 all-time on the road versus A&M.
LAST TIME OUT: Last weekend, Georgia beat No. 16 Vanderbilt 5-2 on Friday before shutting out No. 46 Kentucky on Sunday. Georgia's doubles play, particularly in the previous two matches, has been stellar. Combined, Georgia has gone 4-1 with an overall game score of 44-16.
TOP DOGS: Georgia is No. 5 in the latest ITA team poll, and has three ranked singles players and four ranked doubles pairs. Sophomore Lauren Herring and junior Maho Kowase anchor the top of the Bulldog lineup. Herring, who earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012, is ranked eighth nationally sporting a 29-5 record this year. The 18th-ranked Kowase has a 29-7 record. Junior Kate Fuller sports a 23-5 record and has won five straight. Freshman Silvia Garcia, ranked 86th in the country has been playing at the three and four spots and is 16-2 this season and the winner of nine of her last ten singles bouts.
In doubles, Fuller and Garcia, who are 14-0 this season, are ranked fourth nationally. Fuller is also ranked with Herring (No. 35). Kowase and Lilly Kimbell are ranked No. 55 with a 9-3 record. Georgia's court two duo of Herring and Kowase cracked the latest rankings at No. 59. Since August, Georgia has played 12 different doubles pairings.
WALLACE APPROACHING WIN NO. 600: Jeff Wallace enters this weekend just four wins shy of his 600th career win. Now in his 28th season at the helm, Wallace has compiled a 596-148 record and remains the winningest active coach in women's college tennis. He would be one of three women's tennis coaches to reach the 600-win plateau, and would be one of five active collegiate tennis coaches (of men or women) to reach the mark. He would also become just the fifth coach in UGA's history to reach the 600-win mark (A. Landers, 904, S. Yoculan, 834, L. Harris-Champer, 832, D. Magill, 706).
Women's Tennis All-Time Win List
*1. Lin Loring, Indiana, 40th season, 790-303 (.723)
*2. Gualberto Escudero, Pepperdine, 36th season, 622-327 (.655)
*3. Jeff Wallace, Georgia, 28th season, 596-148 (.801)
4. Jeff Moore, Texas, 28 years., 594-208 (.741)
5. Jan Brogan, California, 29 years., 539-223 (.707)
KEEPING IT FRESH: Three freshmen have had stellar starts to their Bulldog careers. After ITA National Team Indoors, Silvia Garcia was named to the All-Tournament Team and garnered SEC women's tennis Freshman of the Week honors. She now sports a 16-2 record in singles and a 15-1 in doubles record. She came in at No. 4 in the ITA Top-60 doubles rankings with junior Kate Fuller and is ranked No. 86 in singles.
Freshmen Mia King and Makenzie Craft have also been clutch in singles on courts 5 and 6. King has clinched two matches for Georgia this spring while compiling a 8-5 record. Craft is 7-3 so far this spring.
FOLLOWING GEORGIA WOMEN'S TENNIS: Fans are able to follow each match through a live blog on Georgiadogs.com. See the website for more details.
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 for bonus exclusive content.
DID YOU KNOW? Georgia is one of four schools to have both its women's and men's tennis programs currently ranked in the top 10. The Georgia men's team is ranked No. 3. The others are Duke, UCLA and Southern California.