Lilly Kimbell and the Bulldogs battle College of Charleston in the first round.
May 1, 2012
ATHENS-----The sixth-ranked Georgia women's tennis team earned an NCAA Championships at-large bid and will play host to first/second round action at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (21-4), the No. 6 national seed, will be making their 26th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tennis Championship and will open up against College of Charleston (25-5) on Friday, May 11th at 1 p.m. That streak ranks in a tie for fifth best nationally with Florida. Stanford, UCLA and California have the longest active streak at 31. Georgia is 61-23 in the NCAA Championships, including 10 trips to the Final Four with national titles in 1994 and 2000.
Along with the Southern Conference champion Cougars, Georgia will play host to Clemson (15-9) and Arizona State (11-9) from May 11-12. The Clemson-ASU match will be Friday at 10 a.m. The first round winners will meet on Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students/children (College age with ID and under). Tickets will be available online/phone/in-person starting Wednesday, May 2. Fans can call 1-877-542-1231 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Live scoring and video will be available on georgiadogs.com.
The Bulldogs have served as an early round host now 11 times since the NCAA went to this current format in 1999. They are 20-0 in the early rounds in Athens. First and second round action will be held at various campus sites from May 11-13, and the final 16 sites of the 2012 NCAA Team Championships will be May 17-22 in Athens. The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be in Athens from May 23-28.
Georgia is 7-5 all-time against the Cougars, last facing them in 1997, a 9-0 win. This season, Georgia posted a 7-0 win over Clemson in Athens on Feb. 26 to take a 23-19 lead in the all-time series. Georgia is 2-1 all-time against Arizona State with the Sun Devils winning the last meeting 5-4 in 1997.
"It's exciting watching the bracket unfold and see who you’re going to play," said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. "One of the rewards of having a good season is getting a chance to host, and we’re happy to have that opportunity again. At this point in the season, everybody is playing well and wants to keep their season going so each match will be a challenge. College of Charleston is having a great year and won their conference."
“I’m looking forward to experiencing NCAAs in Athens after playing at Stanford last year,” said Georgia sophomore Kate Fuller. “We know who we are playing and there’s nothing like playing at home in front of our fans.”
Complete team brackets can be found on the NCAA websites (www.NCAA.com and www.NCAA.org). The list of individuals selected to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be available on both websites by 6 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 2.
Recently, the Bulldogs had six members earn All-Southeastern Conference honors including senior Chelsey Gullickson, sophomore Maho Kowase and freshman Lauren Herring who made the first team. Additionally, Herring was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Gullickson is ranked sixth nationally with a 31-8 singles record. In 2010, she captured the NCAA singles title. Georgia features one of the nation’s hottest doubles teams in Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase. They are 21-2 overall including a perfect 19-0 at No. 3 in the lineup.
Also, action at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex will feature first/second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships as No. 2 Georgia (23-2) earned its 34th tournament bid after claiming another SEC Tournament title. They will play host to South Carolina State, Boise State, and Florida State from May 12-13. The Georgia men have won six NCAA titles in school history, and their first match will be Saturday, May 12th at noon.