UGA women’s tennis team advances to national team indoors

The sixth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team blanked No. 70 Georgia State 7-0 Monday in Athens to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

The Bulldogs (2-0) captured the doubles point and picked up the first three singles wins from Maho Kowase, Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller to clinch the victory over the Panthers (2-1).

In doubles, the first to finish was the No. 3 team of Kowase and Lilly Kimbell. The 22nd-ranked Bulldog tandem registered an 8-6 win over Jocelyn Ffriend and Linn Timmermann to move their record to 9-1 this season. The clinching doubles win came from the No. 1 team of Garcia and Fuller and as they upset the 19th-ranked Panther pair of Abigail Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan 8-4. On Sunday, the Bulldog duo made their debut with a win over a Columbia team ranked No. 37. The No. 2 doubles match was halted at 6-all.

The 18th-ranked Kowase gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead when she made quick work of Grgan 6-0,6-0 in the No. 2 contest. Garcia’s 6-1,6-0 win over Timmermann at No. 4 provided a 3-0 lead. Fuller, ranked 54th, clinched the victory with a 6-3,6-3 decision over Whitney Byrd in the No. 3 match.

When the No. 1 contest split sets and the team victory assured, a super tiebreaker was played in lieu of a third set. The eighth-ranked Herring emerged with a 3-6,6-4,1-0(10-8) win to make it 5-0. It was a fine performance by Herring who was forced to serve underhand for a majority of the match due to an injury. Herring improved to 22-2 this year with her latest win. King and Kimbell claimed the final two matches in straight sets to complete the shutout.

Georgia is 8-0 all-time when playing host to an ITA Kickoff event. The Bulldogs will be making their 23rd appearance at the national tournament. They have claimed three indoor team titles (1994, 1994 and 2002).

—From staff reports

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