April 17, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.--The third-ranked Georgia women's tennis team hits the road in search of its seventh SEC tournament title this weekend. The tournament runs from April 17-21 and is hosted by Mississippi State at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
Georgia (19-2, 12-1) received the top-seed after winning the tiebreaker, and will face the winner of (8) South Carolina and (9) Ole Miss on Friday at 9 a.m. in the quarterfinal round.
Fans will be able to follow the action through live scoring and live match chats on Georgiadogs.com.
MATCH POINTS: Georgia heads to Starkville, Miss. for the 2013 SEC Women's Tennis tournament. The top-seeded Bulldogs, who were awarded the top-seed after winning a three-way random tiebreaker, will play the winner of (8) South Carolina and (9) Ole Miss on Friday at 9 a.m. ET in the quarterfinal round. They beat both the Gamecocks and Rebels earlier this season. Should they advance, The Bulldogs' semi-final match would be on Saturday at 11 a.m. and the finals are slated for Sunday at 2 p.m.
GEORGIA AT THE SEC TOURNAMENT: Georgia has won six SEC tournaments (1983, `94, 2001, `07, `08, `09), most recently in 2009. That year, the Bulldogs beat Alabama, Florida and Tennessee in route to the tournament title. Georgia holds a 47-19 all-time record at the SEC championships which are now in their 26th year.
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS: With its 4-0 win in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Georgia clinched its ninth regular season SEC championship (1983, `89, `90, `94, 2000, `02, `07, `09). The Bulldogs are seeking to win the regular season and tournament titles in the same year for only the fourth time. Also of note, it's only the fourth time in history that both the men and women's team's have won the SEC regular season in the same year.
TOP DOGS: Georgia has three ranked singles players and four ranked doubles pairs. Sophomore Lauren Herring and junior Maho Kowase anchor the top of the Bulldog lineup. Herring, who earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012, is ranked sixth nationally sporting a 33-5 record this year. She has won seven of her last 10 matches, including six ranked in the Top-50. The 13th-ranked Kowase has a 35-7 record and has won 13 consecutive matches. Freshman Silvia Garcia, ranked 89th in the country and has been playing at the three spot and is 20-2 this season and the winner of seven in a row.
In doubles, Fuller and Garcia, who are 20-1 this season, are ranked third nationally. Fuller is also ranked with Herring (No. 46). Kowase and Lilly Kimbell are ranked No. 61 with a 9-3 record. Georgia's court two duo of Herring and Kowase came in at No. 62 in the latest rankings. Since August, Georgia has played 14 different doubles pairings.
FULLER AND GARCIA TOP IN THE COUNTRY: Georgia's top doubles pairing of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia improved to the No. 1 doubles team in the country. The duo, which has beaten four Top-10 opponents, is 20-1 this season and has won six in a row.
KOWASE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kowase went 3-0 last week, including both match clinchers, to earn SEC Player of the Week honors. The Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan native capped a perfect SEC singles slate (12-0) and is riding a 13-match winning streak.
OKUNO HONORED: Freshman Ayaka Okuno won SEC Freshman of the Week honors for April 5-7 after starting her Bulldog career going 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles. The Osaka, Japan, native dropped only five games combined in her singles and doubles matches throughout the weekend.
WALLACE WINS NO. 600: Women's tennis head coach Jeff Wallace became one of just three women's tennis coaches to reach the 600-win mark two weeks ago. With Georgia's 7-0 win over Arkansas, Wallace improved his career record to 602-148 record. He remains the winningest active coach in women's college tennis. He is one of five active collegiate tennis coaches (of men or women) to reach the mark. He is also just the fifth coach in UGA's history to reach the 600-win mark (A. Landers, 905, S. Yoculan, 834, L. Harris-Champer, 838, D. Magill, 706).
Women's Tennis All-Time Win List
*1. Lin Loring, Indiana, 40th season,
*2. Gualberto Escudero, Pepperdine, 36th season,
*3. Jeff Wallace, Georgia, 28th season,
4. Jeff Moore, Texas, 28 years,
5. Jan Brogan, California, 29 years,
All-Time Georgia Coaches Win List
*1. Andy Landers, WBK, 38th season,
2. Suzanne Yoculan, GYM, 26 years,
*3. Lu Harris-Champer, SB, 17th season
4. Dan Magill, MTEN, 34 years
*5. Jeff Wallace, WTEN, 28th season
KEEPING IT FRESH: Four freshmen have had stellar starts to their Bulldog careers. After ITA National Team Indoors, Silvia Garcia was named to the All-Tournament Team and garnered SEC women's tennis Freshman of the Week honors. She now sports a 10-2 record in singles and a 20-1 in doubles record. She came in at No. 1 in the latest ITA Top-60 doubles rankings with junior Kate Fuller and is ranked No. 89 in singles.
Okuno started her career with an undefeated weekend that pulled in SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
KATE THE GREAT: With her 34 doubles wins this year, Kate Fuller has moved into second place for most doubles wins in a single season at Georgia. She'll have at least two more opportunities for doubles wins this season. Chelsey Gullickson set the record with 35 last season.
HERRING GRABS BIG WIN: Eighth-ranked Herring beat Texas A&M's fifth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar 6-2, 6-4 earlier this season. Sanchez-Quintanar is the highest-ranked opponent that Herring has beaten this year, and is the 17th ranked opponent that she's beaten this year.
FOLLOWING GEORGIA WOMEN'S TENNIS: Fans are able to follow each match through a live blog on Georgiadogs.com. See the website for more details.
After the match, fans can check Georgiadogs.com for post-match highlights and interviews. Fans can also "Like" Georgia Women's Tennis on Facebook and follow @UGAWomensTennis on Twitter for bonus exclusive content.
DID YOU KNOW? Georgia is one of three schools to have both its women's and men's tennis programs currently ranked in the top 10. The Georgia men's team is ranked No. 2. The others are UCLA and Southern California.