May 21, 2013
URBANA, Ill.—Four Bulldogs will begin play in the NCAA singles and doubles championships Wednesday and Thursday at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Georgia sophomore Lauren Herring, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, and junior Maho Kowase will begin play in the 64-player singles tournament on Wednesday, while Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, the tournament’s No. 1 doubles pair, will begin the doubles tournament on Thursday. There are 32 doubles teams included in the doubles portion of the tournament.
Herring will square off with Kate Turvy of Northwestern in the first round. The Bulldog sophomore is 35-6 this season, including 22-5 against ranked opponents, and seven wins over Top-30 opponents.
Kowase will face Kristina Smith of UC-Irvine in the first round. Kowase, ranked No. 19 in the country, led Georgia this season with nine match clinchers this season. She is 37-9, including 12-0 during the SEC regular season—the most wins of anyone in the SEC during conference play.
The top-seeded duo of Fuller and Garcia will start the tournament versus Rice’s Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath. Fuller and Garcia are 24-3 this season, and have won nine of their previous ten matches. They’re 11-2 versus ranked opponents this season, having beaten six in the top-10. The pair has been ranked inside the top-15 since Feb. 26.
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.
Complete draws can be found here: Singles | Doubles
Georgia advanced to the quarterfinals before being ousted by Stanford, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon.