CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. | The fourth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Friday with a 4-0 shutout of No. 9 Miami.
“It’s a great way to start the tournament and we’re looking forward to (today),” coach Jeff Wallace said in a release.
In doubles, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia were first off the court with a 6-4 win over Kelsey Laurente and Melissa Bolivar.
Lilly Kimbell and Caroline Brinson clinched the doubles points, beating Lina Lileikite and Stephanie Wagner, 6-4. The No. 5 pair of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase led No. 29 Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno, 6-5 when the match was halted.
In singles, No. 25 Kowase gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage with a quick 6-2, 6-3 win over Miami’s Lileikite. Shortly after, No. 4 Herring picked up her seventh win in a row, beating No. 32 Wagner 6-2, 6-2. Mia King sealed the Georgia shutout with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Melissa Bolivar.
MVP award named for former Bulldog Beckham
Georgia baseball’s MVP award will be named after Gordon Beckham, it was announced Friday.
All-America shortstop Beckham, who earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as well as SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in his career, arrived at UGA in 2006 as an undrafted infielder from the Westminster School in Atlanta.
He started all 197 games of his three-year career.
He led Georgia to a pair of College World Series appearances including the 2008 CWS Finals. A consensus All-American in 2008, he hit .411 with a school record 28 home runs and 77 RBI.
Beckham was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2008 and less then a year later, he made his Major League debut and eventually was named the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year by the MLB Players Association and The Sporting News.
Soccer’s signing class cracks top 10
The Georgia soccer team’s 2014 signing class was ranked No. 10 nationally and No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Within the SEC, the Bulldogs have the third highest-ranked class behind only No. 7 LSU and No. 8 Texas A&M.
Three members of the group — Maddie Burdick, Natalie Goodman, and Rebecca Rasmussen — have already enrolled. The class includes four players ranked in the Girls’ IMG Academy 150 by Top Drawer, fourth-most of any school in the nation: Rasmussen (31), Goodman (47), Burdick (59) and Delaney Fechalos (110).
Fechalos, Goodman and Rasmussen are all members of the U.S. U-18 National Team pool, while a fourth — Shayna Raekelboom — plays for the Belgium U-19 squad. Burdick also has international playing experience with the U.S. U-15s.
Softball sweeps on opening day
The No. 21 Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins on opening day, defeating Winthrop 1-0 in the first game before handing North Texas a 10-2, six-inning loss in the nightcap.
Anna Swafford led the offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Geri Ann Glasco picked up two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice in the twin bill sweep. Maeve McGuire made her presence known the lineup, going 3-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI in the Bulldogs’ 10-2 win over the Mean Green.
Chelsea Wilkinson got both wins for the Bulldogs in the circle. The sophomore saw six innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters.
The Bulldogs get back in action at 12:30 p.m. Saturday when it takes on North Texas for a second time. Georgia will face James Madison following the game at 3 p.m.