Lauren Herring - 2014 SEC Player of the Year
April 23, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.—Three members of the Georgia women’s tennis team were named to the All-Southeastern Conference team, and one garnered SEC Player of the Year honors, the league office announced Wednesday.
Junior Lauren Herring was awarded SEC Player of the Year Honors and she, senior Maho Kowase and sophomore Silvia Garcia were named to the All-SEC First Team. Georgia is one of just two schools to have three players included on the top All-SEC team.
Herring, who is ranked sixth in the country, is the sixth player in Georgia program history to take home SEC Player of the Year honors. It last happened when Aarthi Venkatesan won the league’s top award. She has now been named to the All-SEC First Team in three consecutive seasons. The Greenville, N.C., native has won ten matches in a row to improve to 28-4 this season. She is 17-3 against ranked opponents, including four wins over Top-15 foes. In doubles, she and Kowase are ranked No. 2 in the nation and are a team best 29-6.
Kowase, who is No. 17 in the nation, leads the team in singles with a 36-5 mark, including having won eight matches in a row. A senior, Kowase has made the All-SEC First Team in all four years in Athens, a feat now accomplished by nine players in program history.
Garcia is ranked No. 16 in the country, sporting a 34-6 record in singles. In doubles, she and partner Kate Fuller are 27-4 and have improved to No. 16 in the country behind a 14-match winning streak. Last year, the Madrid, Spain, native was named to the All-SEC Second Team and the All-Freshman Team.
By virtue of winning the tournament, Georgia will receive an automatic bid into the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The entire field will be announced on NCAA.com on April 29th at 5:30 p.m.
For a complete list of SEC award recipients, click here.