URBANA, Ill — A day after hardly anything could go wrong for Georgia tennis players, hardly anything went right.
The Bulldogs’ last remaining doubles teams and its lone surviving singles player were eliminated, all in upsets, on Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals.
In men’s play, the fifth-ranked duo of Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters fell 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to Texas’ 41st-ranked team of David Holiner and Chris Camillone.
Wagland and Pieters earned All-America honors by entering the tournament as a No. 5-8 seed, then backed it up by making the quarterfinals. Their season concludes with an overall record of 29-10.
The Georgia men’s team compiled a record of 26-5 and reached the NCAA semifinals for the sixth time in the last eight seasons and won both the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The Bulldogs return all seven regular starters in singles and doubles in 2013-14.
The women’s team’s sixth-ranked Lauren Herring fell 6-2, 6-2 to Nebraska’s 11th-ranked Mary Weatherholt. The match was finished indoors due to rain. The Greenville, N.C., native finishes the year with a 38-7 record.
The Bulldogs’ top-ranked doubles team of Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller fell to Alabama’s seventh-ranked Alexa Guarachia and Mary Ann Macfarlane, 7-6 (4), 7-5. Down 5-3 in the second set, Georgia broke to tie it at 5-5 but couldn’t hold serve to force a third set. Fuller and Garcia end the year with a 26-4 record. The match was also played indoors.
Georgia women’s coach Jeff Wallace said he expects his athletes to build on the experience next year as Garcia is a freshman, Herring is a sophomore and Fuller is a junior.
“I’m really excited for Lauren, Kate and Silvia’s future,” Wallace. “They’ve had a great season and made a great run here at the NCAA individual tournament. Their future is bright and we’re looking forward to continuing to work and make improvements
so that we can make a run next year.”
As a team, the Georgia women (24-4) advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to No. 12 Stanford last week, 4-1.