March 27, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 9 Georgia women's tennis team (13-3, 6-1) will play host to No. 7 Texas A&M and Missouri this weekend. Friday's match against the Aggies will start at 5 p.m. On Sunday, first serve will be at 1 p.m. and will be aired live on ESPN3 as part of the USTA College MatchDay series.
Georgia is a combined 10-0 all-time against the SEC's newest members, beating both on the road last year.
As part of the College MatchDay format, singles matches will be played first. If the needed, doubles will be played using a 10-point super tiebreaker format.
All matches are held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free. Live scoring and the live chat will be available on Georgiadogs.com.
Georgia's loss to No. 11 Vanderbilt snapped a nine-match winning streak
With its win over No. 28 Kentucky on Friday, the Bulldogs won their 800th win in program history.
Georgia is undefeated against the newest pair of SEC foes. Last season, the Bulldogs beat Missouri in St. Louis (match was played in St. Louis due to an issue with Missouri's indoor courts in Columbia) before winning a 4-2 thriller at Texas A&M which included a lengthy weather delay.
Sunday's match will be part of the USTA's College MatchDay program. In addition to the fan experience trailer, ESPN3 will carry the match live, broadcasted by Kevin Corke and Mark Bey. The match is the tenth and final match of the season to be streamed on ESPN3 as part of the USTA's initiative.
Sunday's match will use an experimental format proposed by an advisory group of NCAA Division I athletic directors, in which all six singles matches will be played first (best-of-three tiebreak sets format) and doubles only being played if nessesary (10-point super tiebreaks).
Earlier this week, Kate Fuller was honored at the Georgia Peach of an Athlete Role Model banquet as a collegiate nominee.
Georgia is No. 9 in the latest rankings; the Bulldogs have four ranked singles players and four ranked doubles pairs.
On Texas A&M and Missouri: The Aggies and the Tigers enter this weekend going in different directions.
Texas A&M is ranked No. 7 and has won seven matches in a row. They have one ranked doubles pair (Stancu/Hristov-39) and three ranked in singles (Stancu-12, Gavrilovska-62, Mamalat-109).
Missouri is unranked and has no singles or doubles players ranked.
Top Dogs: The Georgia women's tennis team is No. 9 in the ITA's latest computer rankings of the spring.
The Bulldogs have four singles players and four doubles pairs in the latest individual rankings. Lauren Herring and Silvia Garcia are in the Top-20 at No. 6 and No. 19, respectively. Maho Kowase sits at No. 21 and Lilly Kimbell sits at No. 63. In doubles, Herring and Kowase are ranked No. 2, while Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia improved to No. 25. Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell cracked the rankings at No. 68. Kimbell is also ranked with Mia King at No. 53.
The Georgia women's tennis program is one of just two SEC schools to have the only in the SEC to have three singles players ranked in the Top-25 and is the only school in the conference to have two doubles pairs ranked in the Top-25.
What's Next? Georgia takes to the air for its final SEC road trip of the spring, traveling to take on No 45 Arkansas and No. 49 LSU.
800-Win Club: With its 4-0 win over No. 28 Kentucky, the Georgia women's tennis program joined an exclusive club, becoming one of just three Division I women's tennis programs in the 800-win club. The other are Florida (943), Stanford (909) and Indiana (809). *The NCAA and ITA records for program wins are incomplete so these totals are based on a survey of SIDs. Updated 3/24/14.
Herring Garners SEC Player of the Week Honors: Herring went 2-0 in both singles and doubles, including three top-ten wins to help Georgia win three matches two weeks ago. She beat Julia Elbaba of Virginia, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 8 Olivia Janowicz of Florida, 6-2, 6-4.
In doubles, Herring and partner Maho Kowase went 2-0 against two top-25 opponents. The duo clinched a critical doubles point against No. 9 Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson of Virginia, 8-6 and shutout No. 24 Belinda Woolcock and Sofie Oyen of Florida, 8-0.
This marks the second time that Herring has won SEC Player of the Week honors this spring. Last week, Herring was the lone Bulldog to go 2-0 in singles.
Kate The Great: When Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller won their doubles match against Furman on Feb. 21, Fuller set the record for most career doubles wins in Georgia women's tennis history. Fuller passes former Georgia greats Naoko Ueshima (2007-10, 109-50), Chelsey Gullickson (2009-12, 106-42) and Cameron Ellis (2008-11, 103-54). Fuller and Garcia are 20-4 this year and 9-1 in their last ten matches. Last season, the Fuller was 40-9 in doubles (26-4 with Garcia).
UGA Looking Forward to Full Third Sets: Much has been made about the ITA's experimental rules used during the indoor season. The rules shortened matches by shrinking doubles matches to just a six-game set and removing full third sets in singles matches to instead play a 10-point super tiebreak.
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.
Non-Conference Success: The Bulldogs had six "guaranteed" non-conference matches, five which against opponents ranked in the latest ITA rankings. Georgia went 5-0 in those matches (No. 75 Elon, No. 51 Arkansas, No. 13 Clemson, No. 25 Georgia Tech, No. 5 Virginia) and added a win over No. 9 Miami (Fla.) at ITA National Team Indoors.
And that's just non-conference play. The Southeastern Conference is among the best in the country with six ranked teams, five (No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 9 Georgia, No. 10 Vanderbilt) are in the Top-10.
It's a Family Affair: Georgia welcomes third-generation Bulldog Caroline Brinson to the team this spring. The New Orleans native's grandfather, Vernon Brinson, played baseball at Georgia from 1958-59, and her mother, the former Elizabeth Alexander, played tennis for Georgia from 1988-89, helping the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship in 1989. The New Orleans native is still finishing up her senior year high school requirements while jointly enrolled at UGA. Brinson and doubles partner Lilly Kimbell are 11-1 while she is 4-1 in singles competition.
Where's Wallace: In 2013, head coach Jeff Wallace became one of just four women's tennis coaches to reach the 600-win mark. The winningest active coach in women's college tennis, Wallace ranks fourth on the all-time wins list. There's a complete list on page five of this notes package.
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).
NCAA Championships in Athens: The Dan Magill Tennis Complex will be the home of the NCAA Tennis Championships in May 2014 and 2017. It has played host to the men's NCAA Championships 24 times and the women's NCAA Championships three times, in addition to three combined tournaments for a total of 30, most recently in 2012. The women claimed the national title in 1994 and at home in 2000.
The Future is Bright: In addition to Brinson, head coach Jeff Wallace announced the signing of juniors tennis standouts Mariana Gould and Hannah King who will arrive on campus in the fall of 2014. Gould, a five-star blue chip recruit, is ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2014 according to TennisRecruiting.net, and has been ranked as high at No. 5 in her class's recruiting rankings. Gould's junior's career is highlighted by two doubles Gold Balls.
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.
Following Georgia Women's Tennis: Fans are able to follow each home 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.