Georgia tennis teams open season with individual, doubles titles

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Bulldogs open season with top finishes in Hawaii

The No. 4 Georgia women’s tennis team started its 2014 campaign with singles and doubles titles in season-opening competition in Hawaii.

The Bulldogs competed with No. 29 Oklahoma State, No. 44 Illinois and Hawaii Pacific. The tournament consisted of flighted singles matches between the schools with points being awarded for top finishes.

In singles, the Bulldogs swept the podium. Junior Lauren Herring, who is ranked fourth nationally, won the title after notching 24 points. Tenth-ranked sophomore Silvia Garcia was runner-up with 20 points. No. 25 Maho Kowase rounded out the top-three with 19 points.

In doubles, the No. 5 tandem of Herring and Kowase took home the titles with 11 points. The duo of Garcia and Fuller finished second with ten points and Oklahoma State’s doubles pair of Kanyapat Narattana and Carla Tur Mari finished third with eight points.

Georgia will travel back to Athens on Monday before hosting ITA Kickoff Weekend Jan. 24-26.

MEN’S TENNIS

Pasha claims singles title as Bulldogs roll in Atlanta

The third-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team closed out an impressive run at the MLK Invitational on Monday – an outing that was highlighted by sweeping five singles matches against in-state rival Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

The three-day indoor tournament pitted Georgia against players from Memphis on Saturday, Ole Miss on Sunday and the Yellow Jackets Monday. No team scores were recorded, but junior Nathan Pasha came away with the individual singles title following an undefeated weekend at 3-0. Memphis’ doubles team of Joe Salisbury and David O’Hare claimed the doubles crown. In all, the Bulldogs went a combined 20-7 in singles and doubles.

The Bulldogs will open the 2014 home slate next weekend, hosting a leg of the ITA Kickoff starting Saturday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility.

— Staff Reports

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