UGA roundup: Herring named SEC player of the week

Georgia women’s tennis player Lauren Herring has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Wednesday.

Herring went 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles during ITA Kick-Off Weekend to help Georgia clinch a berth in the 2014 ITA Indoor Team Championships, which are Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va.

On Friday against Elon, the Georgia junior shutout No. 69 Jordan Johnston, 6-0, 6-0. In Sunday’s match, Herring topped No. 71 Yang Pang of Arkansas, 6-0, 6-3. In doubles, Herring and partner Maho Kowase, were first off the court with a 6-1 win over Arkansas’ Surin and Huxley.

In singles, Herring, who is the fourth ranked player in the country, is 15-3 this year, including a 7-2 record against ranked opponents. In doubles, she and Kowase are ranked fifth in the country and have a team-best 18-3 record.

Georgia plays host to No. 13 Clemson at noon Saturday.

Cheek named Event Specialist of the Week

Senior Lindsey Cheek has been named the SEC Gymnastics Specialist of the Week for her performance last week at Florida, it was announced.

Cheek placed first on two events Friday night against the Gators. In her first routine of the meet, the Watkinsville native turned in a career-high 9.975 on bars to help the Gym Dogs score a 49.6 — their highest bars score since 1999. With the 9.975, Cheek moved into first in the SEC and second nationally on the uneven bars. She then tied for first on vault with a season-high 9.925.

Cheek has now scored a 9.9 or higher in 11 of her 15 routines this season, and she has claimed eight individual event titles.

The sixth-ranked Gym Dogs host Kentucky at 4 p.m. Saturday.

MacLean, Smoliga garner conference honors

Brittany MacLean was chosen as the SEC Co-Female Swimmer of the Week (along with Elizabeth Beisel of Florida), while Olivia Smoliga was chosen as the SEC Female Freshman of the Week based on their efforts in the Lady Bulldogs’ win over Tennessee last Saturday.

MacLean, a sophomore from Toronto, Ontario, gave the Lady Bulldogs an early lead in the meet when she won the 1,000 freestyle and the 200 freestyle in back-to-back races. Her time of 9:36.85 in the 1,000 freestyle is the top effort in the nation this season. MacLean also claimed second in the 500 freestyle.

Smoliga, a native of Glenview, Ill., won the 100 backstroke and came in second in the 100 freestyle. Smoliga also led off the victorious 200 medley relay and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay.

MacLean and Smoliga helped the Lady Bulldogs extend their home winning streak to 88 straight. Georgia host Alabama at 11 a.m. Saturday in the regular-season finale.

Georgia hosts SEC Championships Feb. 18-22.

Wilson, Glasco named to USA Softball watch list

Paige Wilson and Geri Ann Glasco have been named to the watch list for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced.

Wilson, a junior, returns to the Bulldogs after earning Easton All-American honors, First Team All-SEC honors, NFCA All-Region honors and SEC All-Tournament honors last year. The Chicago, Ill., native has started every game in her two years and hit at a team best .403 average last season, while belting 16 home runs, driving in 66 runs and scoring 59 times.

Glasco returns for her sophomore season having earned Third Team NFCA All-American honors, Easton All-American honors and Freshman All-SEC honors a year go. The SEC Co-Freshman of the Year finished last season with a team-best and Georgia freshman record 19 home runs, while driving in 61 runs, slugging at a .743 clip and earning a .363 batting average. Glasco also led the Georgia pitching staff with a 17-8 record and 124 strikeouts.

The watch list includes 24 seniors, 20 juniors and six sophomores.

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