May 25, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--Georgia's second-seeded doubles pair of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase earned the chance to play in Monday's National Championship Doubles match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Auburn's No. 15 pair of Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger Sunday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
It marks the fifth time that a Georgia tandem has made the National Finals, but Herring and Kowase are vying to be the first Bulldog pair to win the title.
Most recently, former Georgia players Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist made the final in 2012.
"We came out and got the lead in the first set and were playing fantastic," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "But it's the NCAA tournament so you know you're playing some good servers and big hitters and its going to turn into an exciting match. The second set was super exciting. It was great to get that late break and serve it out. It was high level tennis from both teams. It was a lot of fun. Our girls are loose and really enjoying this ride."
Georgia grabbed the early momentum in the first set, using two early breaks to take the set 6-4. After Auburn stole an early break in the second set, Georgia fought back, behind the backing of nearly 1,000 supporters to advance to the finals with a 7-5 second set win.
"When you first start the tournament, you don't think this far ahead," Herring said. "Now that we're actually here, it's really cool. It's awesome to be at home. We have the best fans. It's awesome out here."
Monday's match will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex after the conclusion of the singles' finals, which are set to begin at 12 p.m. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.