UGA women’s tennis team opens dual season with victory over Columbia

The No. 6 Georgia women’s tennis team began its dual-match season Sunday with a 4-1 win over No. 72 Columbia at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts on first day of the ITA Kickoff in Athens.

Georgia won the doubles point and then won three singles matches to win its first match of the year.

Georgia’s 22nd-ranked pair of Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell topped Columbia’s Lauren Stratman and Kanika Vaidya 8-3. The duo is now 8-1 this year. Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win over the duo of Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga.

In singles, the Bulldogs’ Garcia gave Georgia a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over the Lions’ Stratman.

Later, Kowase, who’s ranked 18th in the country, put Georgia up 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Columbia’s 81st-ranked Sanon. Kowase improves to 19-5 this year, including eight wins against ranked opponents.

No. 8 Herring clinched the match for Georgia with a 7-5, 7-6 (4) win over 24th-ranked Bartnik. Herring trailed 4-2 in the first set before surging back to a 7-5 first-set victory. She improves to 21-2 this year.

The Bulldogs will play No. 70 Georgia State at
2 p.m. today with the winner advancing to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors to be held Feb. 8-11 in Charlottesville, Va.

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