UGA tennis’ Kowase falls short in Wildcard Shoot-Out final

Portland, Ore. — Junior Maho Kowase fell in the finals of the USTA Collegiate Invitational Wildcard Shoot-Out Sunday, losing 10-4 to Brooke Austin.

Sophomore Lauren Herring advanced to the semi-finals, but lost to Austin, 10-8.

Earlier Sunday during the last round singles pool play, Kowase and Herring clinched their spots in the Wildcard Shoot-Out. Kowase beat Kimberly Yee, 6-1, 6-2 and Herring knocked off Sarah Lee of Michigan, 7-6 (8), 6-2. Both Bulldogs finished undefeated on the weekend in full-length singles matches. Junior Kate Fuller and freshman Makenzie Craft both fell in their final singles matches Sunday. Fuller finished the weekend 2-1. Craft finished 1-2 — both of her losses came in three-set matches.

Kowase and Herring finished first in their respective pools and advanced to the Wild Card Shoot-Out portion of the tournament. The shoot-out consisted of three elimination rounds of ten-point sets among the eight pool play winners. Herring knocked off Washington’s Grace Ysidora 10-6 in the quarterfinals, before falling in the semifinals. After surviving two match points, Kowase topped UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen 12-10 in the quarterfinals and beat UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips 10-6 in the semifinals before falling to Austin in the finals.  

The Bulldogs play again next weekend at the USTA/ITA National Championships in New York and the Jack Kramer Club Invite in Los Angeles.

Follow marcweiszer

marcweiszer

Georgia’s Mark Richt among 13 on Dodd Trophy watch list for top coach. He was on watch list last week for Bear Bryant Award.

3 hours ago