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.

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