2006-2007 W. Tennis Season Review
The Georgia women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2007, capturing both the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles on the way. The Bulldogs finished with a 24-2 overall record and a final national ranking of No. 4, the program's highest finish since 2002. The Bulldogs achieved a ranking as high as No. 1 during the 2007 campaign.
Three Bulldogs earned All-America distinction, including senior Natalie Frazier in singles and senior Darya Ivanov and freshman Yvette Hyndman in doubles. The program now has produced a total of 24 All-Americans 77 times. Georgia also placed three on the All-SEC first team in Frazier, Hyndman and sophomore Monika Dancevic and one on the conference's second team in Ivanov. Additionally, Hyndman was the named the SEC Freshman of the Year and head coach Jeff Wallace was tabbed as the SEC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career.
After claiming the SEC title, the Bulldogs also captured the program's fourth SEC Tournament title and first since 2001 by defeating Florida for the second time in the season in the tournament finals. Frazier was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player for her undefeated performance. The Riverdale, Ga., native also was named the ITA South Region's Senior of the Year for her season achievements.
The 2007 Bulldogs accomplished several additional impressive feats, including a perfect 12-0 regular season at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. They defeated four top-10 teams and 13 in the top 30. They swept No. 6 Baylor in the opening week of the season and posted a 5-2 upset over No. 3 Georgia Tech on Feb. 28. On March 11, the Bulldogs upended No. 1 Florida 4-3 to catapult them to the top ranking in the country for the first time since the 2002 season. The men's tennis team also was ranked first in the country at the time, marking the first time a school has had both men's and women's tennis teams ranked No. 1 since the Bulldogs also did so in 2002.
Georgia lost just one match in the 2007 regular season, the lone blemish coming at Auburn in late March. The Bulldogs played the Tigers again in the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Second Round, beating them both times. The only other loss for Georgia came in the NCAA Quarterfinals to No. 10 California, 4-1, ending the Bulldogs' season.
Individually, Frazier led the Bulldogs with 34 singles wins, but Freshman Naoko Ueshima was right behind with 33. In fact, 57 percent of Georgia's singles victories came from newcomers to the squad. Hyndman and Ueshima -- the two freshmen constants in the lineup -- produced 62 combined victories and lost only seven dual matches between the two of them. Dancevic, who transferred to Georgia from Miami, put together a 25-8 season including only dropping two dual matches all year. Overall, the team compiled a .753 winning percentage with an .801 mark in dual matches.
In doubles, Hyndman and Ivanov notched a 24-9 record en route to All-America status. The pair knocked off 13 ranked tandems, including the No. 1 pair of Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic of William & Mary in the NCAA Round of 16. Dancevic and Kelley Hyndman also collected 21 wins as a pair while Frazier and Ueshima tallied 19. The Bulldogs won the doubles point in 20 of their 26 matches, including sweeping it nine times.