April 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.—The Georgia women’s tennis team vaulted to No. 2 in the latest rankings released Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Bulldogs won their seventh SEC Tournament championship on Sunday with a 4-0 win over No. 3 Alabama. Georgia also beat LSU and No. 11 Vanderbilt leading up to Sunday’s championship match.
The Bulldogs (21-4) also have four singles players and four doubles pairs currently ranked.
Junior Lauren Herring still headlines Georgia’s ranked singles players at No. 6. She is 28-4 this season and is riding a 10-match winning streak. Sophomore Silvia Garcia, the SEC Tournament MVP, went undefeated at the tournament to improve to No. 16. Senior Maho Kowase, who also went 3-0 in singles, moved up a spot to No. 17. Kowase is a team-best 36-5 this year. Senior Lilly Kimbell, who was a member of the SEC All-Tournament team, clinched the Bulldogs’ win over Vanderbilt and is ranked No. 87.
In doubles, the pair of Kowase and Herring remain at the No. 2 spot for the fifth consecutive week. Fuller and Garcia, who went undefeated last weekend in Columbia, Mo., improved to No 16. Kimbell and King are ranked No. 60 while Kimbell and freshman Caroline Brinson improved to No. 76 in the rankings.
Georgia’s presence in the rankings has been strong since January. In singles, Herring has been ranked in the Top-10 while Garcia and Kowase have been ranked in the Top-25. In doubles, Herring and Kowase have been ranked No. 2 for five consecutive weeks, but have been ranked inside the top-five all spring.
By virtue of winning the SEC Tournament, Georgia will receive an automatic bid into the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The entire field will be announced on NCAA.com on April 29th at 5:30 p.m.