Four UGA women’s tennis players earn individual bids to NCAAs

Georgia 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.

The NCAA Championships are May 22-27 in Champaign, Ill., at the Atkins Tennis Center.

In the singles draw, Herring earned the No. 6 seed. On the doubles side, 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 three All-Americans in the same year since the 2007 season.

Herring is 35-5 this season, including 22-4 against ranked opponents. The lone Bulldog sophomore has seven wins over Top-30 opponents. Kowase, who leads the team this season with eight match clinchers, is 35-8, including 12-0 during the SEC regular season—the most wins of anyone in the SEC during conference play.

The tandem of Fuller and Garcia, who earned the SEC automatic qualifier into the tournament, are 21-2 this season, and have won nine of their previous ten matches. They’re 9-2 versus ranked opponents this season, having beaten five in the top-10. The pair has been ranked inside the top-15 since Feb. 26.

Georgia will play host to first and second round action of the NCAA team tournament May 11-12. The Bulldogs received the No. 4 overall seed and will face Winthrop in the first round on May 11 at noon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

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