Wallace inches closer to win No. 600 as No. 5 UGA women’s tennis team tops No. 3 Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The fifth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team knocked off third-ranked Texas A&M 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Georgia P. Mitchell Tennis Center to move into a three-way tie for first place in the Southeastern Conference.

For the 15th time this season, Georgia grabbed an early lead by winning the doubles point. The fourth-ranked tandem of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia beat Texas A&M’s seventh ranked pair of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu, 8-3. Shortly after, the Aggies evened the score when Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase, ranked 59th nationally, fell 72nd-ranked Cristina Sanchez and Wen Sun, 8-3. Georgia clinched the doubles point when Lilly Kimbell and Mia King won three straight games to beat Ines and Paula Deheza, 8-5.  

The Aggies evened the score when Anna Mamalat beat Georgia’s Kimbell, 6-1, 6-4. Shortly after, eighth-ranked Herring beat fifth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar 6-2, 6-4. Sanchez-Quintanar is the highest-ranked opponent that Herring has beaten this year, and is the 14th ranked opponent that she’s beaten this year. Kowase, ranked 18th in the country, gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage after beating 68th-ranked Stancu, 6-2, 6-2, her seventh win in a row.

After a weather delay, Texas A&M narrowed the Georgia lead when Ines Deheza topped Fuller 7-6 (3), 6-2, but King secured the Bulldog victory with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Hristov.

Georgia improves to 7-0 all-time against the Aggies, including 4-0 in College Station. Sunday’s win marks the first win for Georgia over a top-five team since beating then-No. 2 Cal in February of 2009.

With the win, Georgia coach Jeff Wallace sits two wins shy of No. 600. He is the winningest active coach in college women’s tennis, and would be one of three women’s tennis coaches to reach the 600-win mark.

Georgia returns home to take on Arkansas and LSU next weekend. Friday’s match against LSU is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m and admission is free.

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