Lilly Kimbell and the Bulldogs will be in action Friday-Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Oct. 11, 2012
ATHENS-----The Georgia women’s tennis team plays host to the Bulldog Classic starting Friday through Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
A round-robin singles and doubles event, the field includes players from the University of Virginia, Indiana and the host Bulldogs. Action begins with doubles at 2 p.m. Friday followed by singles at 3:30. Admission is free.
On Saturday, matches will begin with doubles at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and then singles at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the event concludes with singles at 10 a.m.
“We’ve got a strong field coming to Athens, and we’re looking forward to playing a lot of tennis this weekend,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “This will be our third tournament of the fall. Everybody has been working hard in practice and now can apply that in their matches.”
Georgia and Virginia each have two doubles teams that are ranked in the ITA top 50 nationally while the field features nine singles players ranked among the ITA top 125.
Bulldog junior Maho Kowase, ranked No. 37, is enjoying a fine fall season with an 8-1 singles record. Sophomore Lauren Herring, ranked No. 53, is 4-1 for the Bulldogs while junior Kate Fuller, ranked No. 62, also is 4-1. The Fuller/Herring team is ranked No. 30 while Kowase and Lilly Kimbell are No. 50. The Kowase/Kimbell team is 1-0 on the year after setting a record in 2011 by going undefeated in dual match play. They went 24-2 overall including 22-0 at No. 3 in the lineup.
Cavalier freshman Julia Elbaba reached the finals of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships last week in California. Elbaba, who carries a No. 4 ITA Freshman/Newcomer ranking, won 10 straight matches including defeating three All-Americans in her road to the final. She became the first Cavalier to reach the finals at one of the three major tournaments in college tennis (ITA All-American, ITA Indoors, NCAA Championships). Indiana’s highest ranked player this weekend will be senior Leslie Hureau at No. 50.