April 16, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 6 Georgia women's tennis team heads to the 2014 SEC Tournament looking for its seventh title in program history and its first since 2009. The tournament, which will run April 16-20, is being hosted by the University of Missouri at the recently opened Mizzou Tennis Complex.
The Bulldogs (18-4, 11-2) finished tied for second place in the SEC, but will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed after tiebreaking procedures were played out. Georgia will receive a double-bye into Friday's quarterfinals where it will meet either Mississippi State, LSU or Tennessee.
Fans can follow along on Georgiadogs.com with the live chat, live video and live scoring.
Georgia at the SEC Tournament: Georgia has won the conference tournament a total of six times, most recently in 2009. The Bulldogs also won in 1983, 1994, 2001, 2007 and 2008. Georgia is 49-20 all-time in the tournament, and has appeared in the finals 16 times. Last season, the Bulldogs fell to Florida 4-0 in the finals. More information can be found on page 23 of the media guide.
Give Me 20: With two wins in the tournament, Georgia can capture its 23rd 20-win season in program history. Head coach Jeff Wallace has been present for 22 of those seasons. This would mark the Bulldogs' third consecutive season hitting the 20-win mark.
Battle Tested Bulldogs: Georgia has played seven Top-10 opponents this season, having beaten four of them. Since 1994, it has beaten at least four Top-10 opponents (including postseason) eight times and at least five six times. Georgia beat seven Top-10 opponents in 1994 in route to its first national championship--a record that still stands today.
Earlier this week, head coach Jeff Wallace said that the SEC Tournament is "like a mini NCAAs" because the competition is so fierce. This week, five teams from the SEC are ranked inside the Top-15.
Numbers in the SEC Tournament: This will mark Georgia's 27th appearance in the SEC Tournament. Here's how Georgia has fared.
Vs. the field:
In the tournament:
(Beginning in 1990)
E. Division Site...16-10
W. Division Sites...27-8
Top Dogs: The Georgia women's tennis team improved to No. 6 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 headlines the Georgia contingent at the No. 7 spot. Silvia Garcia and Maho Kowase follow at the Nos. 17 and 18 spots, respectively. Lilly Kimbell rounds out Georgia's presence in the singles rankings at No. 83.
In doubles, Herring and Kowase are ranked No. 2, while Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia improved to No. 27. Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell stayed in the rankings at No. 90. Kimbell is also ranked with Mia King at No. 55.
The Georgia women's tennis program is the only in the SEC to have three singles players ranked in the Top-25 and is one of only two schools in the SEC to have two doubles pairs ranked in the Top-30.
Georgia is one of four schools in the country to have both its men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top-Ten.
What's Next? Georgia will prepare for the NCAA Tournament, where it will likely host the first and second rounds in Athens on May 10-11. Athens will also serve as the host site for the 2014 NCAA Championships from May 15-26.
Strong Senior Send-off: Georgia sent its three seniors out with a win on Sunday, beating No. 24 Auburn 4-0. This senior class has helped Georgia win 85 matches, an SEC Championship and three NCAA Quarterfinals berths. The three seniors have combined for 303 singles wins over the last four years and 45 percent of the team's singles victories.
Kate Fuller is now four wins away from career singles win No. 100. Lauren Herring, a junior, is six wins away from the 100-win mark.
Maho Kowase is tied for the most combined career singles and doubles wins with 230.
Kowase is also tied for ninth for most doubles victories in a season (29)
Lilly Kimbell is third (104) and Kowase is tied for fourth (103) for most doubles victories in a career.
Kowase, too, is in a tie for fourth (127) for most career singles wins.
800-Win Club: With its 4-0 win over No. 28 Kentucky earlier this season, 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 (949), Stanford (915) and Indiana (813).
*The NCAA and ITA records for program wins are incomplete. These totals are based on a survey of SIDs. Updated 4/15/14.
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 24-4 this year and undefeated in their last ten matches. Last season, the Fuller was 40-9 in doubles (26-4 with Garcia).
Non-Conference Success: The Bulldogs had six "guaranteed" non-conference matches, five against opponents ranked in the 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 12 ranked teams, four of which are in the Top-10 (No. No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Georgia, No. 8 Texas A&M). The SEC has a nation leading seven teams in the Top-25.
Best Fans in the Country...Literally: The No. 8 Georgia women's tennis team took home the March crown in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Attendance Race.
In March, Georgia played in front of nearly 2,500 spectators in six home matches. The Bulldogs average attendance of 360 fans also ranked first on the women's side. The Dan Magill Tennis Complex and the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts also hosted three of the five most attended matches (Florida, Texas A&M, Missouri) in the country during the month of March.
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 seven active collegiate tennis coaches (of men or women) to reach the 600-win mark. He is also just the sixth coach in UGA's history to reach the 600-win mark (A. Landers, L. Harris-Champer, S. Yoculan, D. Magill, M. Diaz).
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.
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.