Senior Nadja Gilchrist leads the No. 6 Bulldogs in to the 2012 NCAA Championships Friday.
May 10, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Sixth-ranked Georgia faces College of Charleston here Friday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
The Bulldogs (21-4) are playing host to first and second round regional action at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Friday’s first match features Clemson (15-9) versus Arizona State (10-11). The winners meet Saturday at 3 p.m.
Live scoring, live video streaming and live chats will be available for all matches on Georgiadogs.com. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (college-age with ID and younger). Order online on Georgiadogs.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-877-542-1231. The Georgia men’s tennis team, ranked second nationally at 23-2, is also playing host to first and second rounds, with their matches set for Saturday and Sunday.
“We’re excited to get the NCAA Tournament started here at home Friday, and I know the team is looking forward to playing in front of all the Bulldog fans that support Georgia tennis year-round and especially during the NCAAs,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace.
Four Bulldogs are in the top 95 in singles plus one doubles team is in the top 25. Senior Chelsey Gullickson is ranked No. 6 with a team-best 31-8 record. Sophomore Maho Kowase, who is 23-6, checks in at No. 51. Freshman Lauren Herring has a singles mark of 28-7 and is ranked No. 62. Sophomore Kate Fuller, who is 26-12, is ranked No. 94. In doubles, Gullickson and senior Nadja Gilchrist are ranked No. 22 with a 20-7 mark. Gullickson and Kowase are in the NCAA Singles event while the duo of Gullickson/Gilchrist is in the NCAA Doubles field too.
The Bulldogs are one of 16 campus sites, and the winners will advance to the NCAA Round of 16, which will be here in Athens as well. The NCAA Round of 16-Finals will be May 17-22 and the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be May 23-28.
Georgia Tennis Match Notes
Home Sweet Home: 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 when they’re held in Athens. Additionally, the Bulldogs are 7-3 in Round of 16 matches and beyond when they’re held in Athens.
A Look at the Opponents: Georgia will kick things off against 64th-ranked College of Charleston (25-5). Georgia is 7-5 all-time against the Cougars, last facing them in 1997, a 9-0 win. Should Georgia win, they’ll face the winner of #24 Clemson and #34 Arizona State. 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.
Bulldogs in the Tournament: Georgia has posted an all-time record of 61-23 in the NCAA tournament en route to two NCAA tournament titles, with the most recent coming in 2000. The Bulldogs also won the tournament in 1994. The Bulldogs were finalists in 1987 and semi-finalists seven other times (’89, ’91, ’95, ’98, 2001, ’02, and ’09). This year will mark the Bulldogs 26th NCAA appearance, all under head coach Jeff Wallace.