May 9, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The fourth-ranked Georgia women's tennis team will kick-off the 2013 NCAA Championships at home with a first-round match-up against Big South Champion Winthrop (18-9) on Saturday at Noon. Arizona State (16-5) and No. 36 Oklahoma (13-9) will play in Saturday's first match at 9:00 a.m. Georgia, the tournament's fourth seed, will play host both the first and second rounds which are held Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The Sun Devils are ranked No. 26 in the country and are a 17-32 seed and the Sooners are ranked No. 36 in the country are a 33-48 seed. The Eagles are unranked and a 49-64 seed.
The winners of the first round matches will meet in second round on Sunday at 2 p.m., playing for a berth in the round of 16. The round of 16 through national finals, including the individual singles and doubles tournaments, will be held May 16-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.
The Bulldogs won their 18th SEC Championship and finished as runners-up at the 2013 SEC Tournament.
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MATCH POINTS: Georgia earned the fourth seed in the 2013 NCAA Tennis Championships and will play host to the first and second rounds on May 11-12. The Bulldogs will square off with Winthrop in the first round, with a potential second round match-up versus Arizona State or Oklahoma. Georgia has served as the first and second round host 12 times since the NCAA Tournament went to its current format in 1999, and is 22-0 in those matches. The Round of 16 and beyond is being hosted by first-time host University of Illinois at the Khan Tennis Complex in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
GEORGIA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Bulldogs are making their 27th consecutive appearance in the NCAA championships, which ranks fifth nationally in a tie with Florida. Stanford, UCLA and California have the longest streaks at 32 and Texas is in fourth at 31. Georgia is 64-24 all-time in the NCAA Championships, including 10 trips to the National Semifinals (most recently in 2009), and national titles in 1994 and 2000.
SCOUTING WINTRHOP: Georgia is 3-0 all-time versus Winthrop, last having beaten the Eagles in 2007, 7-0 in Athens. Georgia beat Winthrop in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. The Eagles, the Big South Tournament champions, are making their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 15 years, and sixth in a row.
IN THE SECOND ROUND?: The winner of the first round Georgia-Winthrop match will face the winner of Arizona State (16-5) and Oklahoma (13-9) in the second round. The Bulldogs are 2-0 all-time versus against Oklahoma and 2-1 all-time versus Arizona State.
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS: Georgia clinched its ninth regular season SEC championship (1983, `89, `90, `94, 2000, `02, `07, `09). 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.
BULLDOGS EARN INDIVIDUAL BIDS: Four Bulldogs earned bids to the NCAA singles and doubles championships, which will take place in Champaign, Ill. after the team competition. Sophomore Lauren Herring and junior Maho Kowase earned bids to the NCAA singles championships, and the top-ranked duo of junior Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia earned a bid to the NCAA doubles championships.
Herring earned the No. 6 seed and Fuller and Garcia earned the No. 1 seed. Because Herring is a top-16 seed in the singles tournament and Fuller and Garcia are a top-eight seed on the doubles tournament, each earns ITA All-America honors. Georgia hasn't had three All-Americans in the year since the 2007 season.
TOP DOGS: Georgia has three ranked singles players and four ranked doubles pairs. Herring and 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 35-5 record this year. She has won eight matches in a row. This season, she has beaten seven Top-30 opponents. Kowase, who has a 35-8 record, is ranked 19th in the country. She went undefeated in conference play, racking up the most conference wins of anyone in the SEC. She had a team-high eight match clinchers. Garcia, ranked 104th in the country, and has been playing at the three spot since enrolling in January and is 22-2 this season--a best among SEC freshman.
In doubles, Fuller and Garcia, who are 21-2 this season, enter the NCAA Tournament as the nation's top doubles tandem. Fuller is also ranked with Herring (No. 50). 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. 52 in the latest rankings. Since August, Georgia has played 14 different doubles pairings.
FULLER AND GARCIA TOP IN THE COUNTRY: Georgia's No. 1 doubles pairing of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia improved to the top-ranked doubles team in the country. The duo, which has beaten four Top-10 opponents, is 21-1 this season and has won eight of its last ten matches.
KOWASE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Maho Kowase went 3-0 in April 12-14, 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 was 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.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HONORS: Fuller was one of nine SEC women's tennis players to be named to SEC Community Service team, which highlights athletes from the SEC who give back to their community through service. Fuller is a three-time member.
MCCARTHY INDUCTED TO TENNIS HALL OF FAME: Georgia seven-time All-American Shannan McCarthy Gaudette was inducted into the state of Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame in late April. She advanced to at least the semifinals in every grand slam event during her career and won 36 matches in these tournaments and was a finalist at 1990 National Clay Courts, 1991 National Indoors, 1992 NCAAs and 1989 Riviera All-American Doubles. She is the all-time school leader in career singles victories (150) and sixth in combined career wins (217). After Georgia, she went on to enjoy a six-year career on the Women's Tennis Association professional tour and played annually in all four Grand Slam events. She reached a career-high world ranking of No. 62 in doubles and No. 153 in singles.
Former Bulldogs enshrined include: Malon Courts (1983), Lt. Governor Pierre Howard (1994), Lisa Spain Short (1995), Al Parker (2003), Allen Miller (2004), Jaime Kaplan (2006), Mikael Pernfors (2008), Danny Birchmore (2011), Gordon Smith (2012) plus current coaches Jeff Wallace (2010), Manuel Diaz (2000) and former coach Dan Magill (1984).
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 22-3 record in singles and a 21-2 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. 104 in singles.
Mia King has clinched three matches for Georgia this spring while compiling a 14-5 record. Makenzie Craft is 17-11 in her rookie campaign. Okuno started her career with an undefeated weekend that pulled in SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
KATE THE GREAT: With her 35 doubles wins this year, Kate Fuller has tied Chelsey Gullickson for most doubles wins in a single season at Georgia. She'll have at least one more opportunity to claim the record outright against Winthrop.
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 earlier this season. 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, 844, 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. Lu Harris-Champer, SB, 17th season
3. Suzanne Yoculan, GYM, 26 years,
4. Dan Magill, MTEN, 34 years
*5. Jeff Wallace, WTEN, 28th season
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