Sept. 27, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.-- Georgia seniors Kate Fuller and Lilly Kimbell, along with sophomore Mia King will begin play in the pre-qualifying portion of the Riviera ITA All-American Championships Saturday in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
"There's always great competition at the All-American tournament," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "They're all high-level matches that can really go either way anytime you walk out on the court, so we're looking forward to competing hard and playing some good tennis."
Georgia is one of just three schools to have three doubles pairings and six singles entries into the tournament.
On Saturday, No. 101 Fuller, the No. 9-16 seed, will take on UCLA's Jennifer Brady. Kimbell will square off with Memphis' Liza Tymchenko and King will see Fresno State's Rana Sherif Ahmeda.
In doubles, Georgia has one pairing starting in each of the three draws. The No. 2 duo of Fuller and Garcia will begin main draw action on Thursday. The No. 50 tandem of Herring and Kowase will start in the qualifying draw on Tuesday and King and Kimbell will begin play in the pre-qualifying draw Saturday against Mai El Kamash and Julia Jones of Ole Miss.
Last year, Kowase advanced the farthest among Bulldog competitors, losing to Southern California's Danielle Lao in the quarterfinals of the singles main draw.
Part of the collegiate grand slam, the All-American Championships will host more than 200 players over a two-week period. Pre-qualifying begins on Saturday and will be followed by the qualifying rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Main Draw will begin on Thursday and last through the following weekend. Players in the pre-qualifying and qualifying draws must win three matches to advance to the next draw.
Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-11 in New York, N.Y.