ATHENS, GA. - Freshman Kendal Woodard earned a three-set win over Georgia's 15th-ranked Maho Kowase but the 24th-ranked Yellow Jackets dropped a 4-3 contest to No. 5 Georgia Saturday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
It was the first win over a ranked opponent for Woodard, who now owns a team-best 12 singles wins this year. Woodard dropped a tough first set, 6-4, to Kowase. Woodard responded with a 6-4 second set win and finished off the comeback win with a 6-2 third-set victory.
Georgia grabbed an early lead by taking the doubles point. Woodard and fellow freshman Megan Kurey improved to 10-4 in doubles play and 6-1 in dual matches with an 8-3 win over Lauren Herring and Kowase at No.2 doubles but wins by UGA at No. 1 and 3 gave the Bulldogs the first point of the day.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead 3-0 with a 6-1, 7-6 win by No. 96 Kate Fuller over Kurey at No. 4 singles and a 6-3, 6-2 win by eighth-ranked Lauren Herring over No. 62 Elizabeth Kilborn at No. 1 singles. Woodard's win at No. 2 singles gave Georgia Tech its first point of the day.
Georgia's Silvia Garcia, ranked No. 100, defeated Tech's Natasha Prokhnevska 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 on court three to clinch the Bulldog win.
Muriel Wacker and Jasmine Minor earned singles wins for Georgia Tech on courts five and six, respectively. Wacker downed Mia King, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 and Minor topped Lilly Kimbell, 7-5, 6-0.
Georgia Tech will be back in action on Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. On Friday, Tech will take on North Texas at 4 p.m. and then the Jackets will face the Miami Redhawks at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
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Georgia Tech vs Georgia
Feb 23, 2013 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
#5 Georgia 4, #24 Georgia Tech 3
1. #8 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #62 Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) 6-3, 6-2
2. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. #15 Maho Kowase (UGA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #100 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
4. #96 Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Megan Kurey (GT) 6-1, 7-6
5. Muriel Wacker (GT) def. Mia King (UGA) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0
6. Jasmine Minor (GT) def. Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 7-5, 6-0
1. #13 Silvia Garcia/Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Elizabeth Kilborn/Jasmine Minor (GT) 8-2
2. Kendal Woodard/Megan Kurey (GT) def. Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) 8-3
3. Lilly Kimbell/Mia King (UGA) def. Natasha Prokhnevska/Muriel Wacker (GT) 9-8
Georgia Tech 3-4; National ranking #24
Georgia 6-1; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,2,3,5,6)
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