Lauren Herring will face the No. 2 seed in singles and No. 1 seed in doubles Tuesday.
Oct. 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES—Four members of the Georgia women’s tennis team will start play in qualifying for the All-American championships Tuesday.
Juniors Maho Kowase and Kate Fuller and sophomore Lauren Herring will begin play in the singles qualifying draw, and the 30th-ranked tandem of Fuller and Herring also compete in the doubles. Additionally, Kowase and junior Lilly Kimbell are first alternates for the doubles qualifying draw.
Herring, ranked No. 53 and 3-0 this season, faces a tough test in her opening match. She will play the number two seed in 27th-ranked Marianne Jodoin (Duke). Kowase, ranked No. 37 and 3-0 this year, battles Gabriella DeSimone (Southern California) who earned a spot in prequalifying this past weekend. Fuller, who is 3-0 and ranked No. 62, takes on the eighth seed in 34th-ranked Edyta Cieplucha (SMU). Two rounds of singles are slated for Tuesday.
Tuesday’s action commences with doubles and Fuller-Herring drew the top seed in 18th-ranked Linda Padegimaite and Noel Scott (Texas). The Georgia pair is 2-1 this fall.
“This event features some of the nation’s top players in qualifying, and we’ll be going up against them right away so we’ll see how we measure up at this point in the season,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “In the first round, Lauren will be playing the No. 2 seed in singles and the number one seed in doubles.”
Kowase, Fuller and Kimbell will be participating in their third All-American event, and Herring in her second.
The qualifying rounds are also comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. A singles player or doubles pair must win three consecutive matches to move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.
Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-11 in Flushing, N.Y.
Daily draws and results can be found here. (http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITANationalChampionships/WomensAllAmerican.htm)