Lauren Herring is one of three Bulldogs that will participate in the NCAA Singles Championships
April 30, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.—-Four Bulldogs will participate in the 2014 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. The NCAA Championships will be held May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
In the singles draw, Georgia's Lauren Herring and Silvia Garcia earned national seeds at No. 6 and No. 9-16, respectively. Kowase will also be included in the draw, but will be unseeded. On the doubles side, Kowase and Herring earned the No. 2 seed. Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, ranked No. 16 in the latest rankings, also earned a bid.
The complete draw will be released during the team portion of the NCAA Tournament.
Herring, the 2014 SEC Player of the Year and the SEC’s automatic qualifier into the tournament, is 28-4 this season, including 17-3 against ranked opponents. The Bulldog junior has four wins over Top-15 opponents. Garcia is 34-6 this season and is the winner of eight matches in a row. The Madrid, Spain, native was the 2014 SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after going a combined 6-0 to help Georgia claim the tournament title two weeks ago in Columbia, Mo.
Kowase, who just notched her fourth All-SEC First Team honor, leads the team with a 36-5 mark, including 10-1 during the SEC regular season. Earlier this season, Kowase became the winningest player in Georgia women's tennis history, now sporting 235 combined singles and doubles victories.
In doubles, the tandem of Herring and Kowase, who earned the SEC automatic qualifier into the tournament, are 29-6 this season. The pair has beaten the country’s top-ranked team twice this season, and have been ranked inside the top-five since January. Garcia and partner Kate Fuller are 27-4 this season, and have won 14 matches in a row. After starting the spring unranked, the pair has shot up to No. 16 in the latest rankings. The pair has been ranked inside the top-15 since February.
By virtue of being seeded in their respective draws, Lauren Herring and Silvia Garcia earn singles All-America honors and Herring and Maho Kowase earn doubles All-America honors. Kowase can still garner additional All-America honors by reaching the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship or by finishing in the Top 20 of the final ITA National Singles Rankings. Garcia and Fuller can grab doubles All-America honors by reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship or finishing in the Top 10 of the final ITA National Doubles Rankings.
Georgia has had three NCAA individual singles champions: Lisa Spain in 1984, Angela Lettiere in 1994 and Chelsey Gullickson in 2010. Shannan McCarthy was the runner-up in 1992. No Georgia pairing has ever won the NCAA doubles championship, but Bulldog teams have reached the finals four times, including Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist in 2012.
Georgia will play host to 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships, starting with first and second round action of the NCAA team tournament May 9-10. The Bulldogs received the No. 1 overall seed and will face Elon in the first round on Fri., May 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.