UGA roundup: Women’s tennis outlasts Virginia in upset win

Senior Hernus Pieters outlasted Ohio State’s Hunter Callahan 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 to clinch a 4-3 win for No. 16 Georgia.

It was the first time since 2008 the Bulldogs (8-5) have defeated a top-ranked opponent.

Georgia won the doubles point as Eric Diaz and Austin Smith won 8-4 at No. 3 and Pieters and Ben Wagland won 8-6 at No. 1

No. 13 Austin Smith was off the court first with a 6-2, 6-2 win on court two in singles and Nick Wood evened it at 3-all with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 on court five.

No. 25 Nathan Pasha fell 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 on court one in singles. Wagland lost 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 on court three and Garrett Brasseaux fell 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 on court four.

Georgia plays at South Carolina at 5 p.m. Friday before facing Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday.

No. 12 women’s tennis upsets No. 5 Virginia

Georgia’s Mia King pulled out a victory in the last singles match, clinching the No. 12 Bulldogs’ 4-3 win over No. 5 Virginia on Wednesday afternoon at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts.

The match, which lasted nearly five and a half hours, was played indoors due to rain in the Athens area.

In doubles, the No. 36 duo of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia were first off the court with an 8-4 win over No. 41 Stephanie Nauta and Maci Epstein. The third-ranked pair of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase clinched the doubles point, breaking to beat No. 9 Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson 8-6. Herring and Kowase now have a team-leading 24-4 record in doubles play.

The Cavaliers (9-4, 4-1 ACC) quickly evened the score at 1-1 when Pierson topped Kimbell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

The Bulldogs (10-2, 3-0 SEC) quickly recovered, gaining a 3-1 lead with wins on courts one and three. No. 10 Herring beat No. 3 Elbaba 6-4, 6-4 and No. 15 Garcia came from behind to beat No. 47 Nauta 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. For Herring, it was the highest ranked collegiate win of her career.

Later, the Cavaliers Epstein topped Fuller, 6-2, 6-4 to pull Virginia to within one. No. 67 Danielle Collins then outlasted No. 21 Kowase 7-6 (7-1), 2-6, 6-4. With the match tied at 3-3, King secured the Georgia win with a 7-6(7), 6-2 match.

The win was the Bulldogs’ six consecutive. They face South Carolina at 4 p.m. Friday and No. 3 Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Softball holds off Tennessee State

In its final test before the start of Southeastern Conference play, the No. 15 Georgia softball team defeated Tennessee State 8-3 on Wednesday at Jack Turner Stadium.

Chelsea Wilkinson earned the win to improve her record to 12-2 on the year. She allowed three runs on two hits and three walks on her way to a complete-game performance. She also struck out 11 batters.

Kaylee Puailoa and Samantha LaZear led the offense on the day, each going 3-for-3. Puailoa had two doubles in the game and drove in two runs, while LaZear scored twice.

Georgia (22-2) struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Puailoa led off the inning with a single through the right side.

A sacrifice bunt moved pinch runner Niaja Griffin to second and brought Katie Browne to the plate.

With a runner at second, Browne grounded out to short, but Griffin showed off her speed, coming home on the play to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

Georgia opens SEC play by hosting Mississippi State for a weekend series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

Divers wrap up at
Zone B championships

Georgia’s Laura Ryan came in second and Ann-Perry Blank placed 10th on platform on Wednesday as the Zone B Diving Championships concluded at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

In the men’s platform competition, Spencer Madanay finished 10th with 609.05 points.

Ryan scored 623.90 points (329.10 in prelims and 294.80 in the finals).

Blank notched 474.65 points (233.65 in prelims and 241.00 in the finals).

Darcie O’Brien came in 20th with 199.55 points in prelims.

Ryan was the only Georgia diver to advance to the NCAA championships. By virtue of her win on the 3-meter springboard on Tuesday, she will join the Lady Bulldogs in Minneapolis March 20-22. She is eligible to compete on all three boards at the NCAAs. Ryan and the Lady Bulldogs will be going for their second straight NCAA title.

Ryan took first on 3-meter, second on platform and fourth on 1-meter during the Zone B championships. Blank was sixth on 1-meter and 3-meter and 10th on platform.

Bulldogs to take 14
to NCAA championships

The Georgia men’s swimming team will have 14 participants at the NCAA championships later this month, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The Bulldogs had 11 invited swimmers listed on the official psych sheet and three more were added as relay alternates.

Nicolas Fink, Chase Kalisz and Matias Koski were invited in the maximum three events each.

Fink will compete in the
200 individual medley and the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Kalisz will swim the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 200 butterfly, and Koski will race in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle.

Will Freeman, Andrew Gemmell, Garrett Powell and Ty Stewart will swim two events each, while Pace Clark, Taylor Dale, Jared Markham and Doug Reynolds were invited in one apiece.

Georgia qualified all five of its relays as well. Alec Cohen, Chris Powell and Michael Trice were added as relay alternates, meaning they can swim only on relays.

Kalisz is the defending NCAA champion in the 400 individual medley and he enters this year’s national meet with the country’s best time of 3:36.89. He is also fourth in the 200 butterfly and eighth in the 200 individual medley.

The NCAA championships
are March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

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