UGA tennis players enjoy undefeated day at NCAA championships

URBANA, Ill. — The Georgia tennis programs enjoyed an undefeated afternoon Friday at the NCAA singles and doubles championships as all five of the Bulldogs’ competitors advanced to the quarterfinals.

Bill Kallenberg/UGA Sports Communications Georgia's Lauren Herring competes in singles play on Friday at the NCAA championships in Urbana, Ill.

Georgia’s fifth-ranked men’s doubles team of junior Hernus Pieters and freshman Ben Wagland, the women’s doubles team of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia and singles player Lauren Herring posted victories Friday.

Pieters and Wagland defeated North Florida’s 22nd-ranked team of Moritz Buerchner and Norbert Nemcsek 6-4, 6-3. Wagland and Pieters were already All-Americas by virtue of entering the tournament as a No. 5-8 seed, but backed it up by reaching the quarterfinals — the second All-America criteria. Friday’s win improved Wagland and Pieters to 29-9 on the year and ran their winning streak to eight matches.

Sixth-ranked Herring defeated Stanford’s No. 14 Krista Hardebeck 6-0, 6-2 and advances to face Nebraska’s No. 11 Mary Weatherholt in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

“I thought I played a really good match today,” Herring said. “Krista is a really good player, but I played smart and stuck to my game plan. The weather was also really nice, so it was good to get a good day under my belt with no wind or anything. It’s very exciting to be in the quarterfinals and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

The top-ranked duo of Garcia and Fuller defeated Texas Tech’s 16th-ranked Samantha Adams and Kenna Kigo 6-4, 7-5 and will face Alabama’s seventh-ranked team of Alexi Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarland today.

“I think that we played better than we did yesterday and that’s always a good feeling in tournament play,” Fuller said. “We played well at the right times, in the big points. So I’m happy with how are playing heading into the quarterfinals. It’s definitely an exciting feeling.”

Georgia’s Pieters and Wagland will take on No. 41 Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas in today’s quarterfinal, as they defeated top-seeded Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee Friday in straight sets.

The times for today’s matches will be announced this morning.

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