No. 7 Georgia Blanks Kentucky
LEXINGTON, KY.----Seventh-ranked Georgia posted a 7-0 shutout of Kentucky Friday in SEC women’s tennis action.
The Bulldogs (16-2, 6-1 SEC) captured the doubles point and then swept the six singles matches to defeat the Wildcats (8-10, 0-7 SEC).
In doubles, Georgia’s No. 3 team of Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase extended their winning streak to 14 with an 8-4 win over Marni Venter and Cece Witten. They are 16-2 this season including 6-0 in the SEC. The Bulldogs clinched the point when the No. 2 team of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring registered an 8-5 win over Edmee Morin and Kristina Blajkevitch. The Georgia tandem is 26-11. The Wildcats posted an upset in the No. 1 contest as Jessica Stiles and Caitlin McGraw beat the eighth-ranked duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist.
Georgia breezed through the singles in straight sets. Gilchrist defeated Morin 6-1,6-2 at No. 3 and Gullickson dispatched Stiles 6-1,6-2 to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Fuller picked up the clinching victory at No. 5 when she beat Witten 6-3,6-3. It marked the fourth time this year that Fuller picked up the winning point.
Kowase took care of Stephanie Fox 6-4,6-4 in the No. 4 match and Kimbell defeated Meisha Testerman 6-1,6-4 in the No. 6 contest for a 6-0 advantage. Kowase is 6-0 in SEC action this year and 20-5 overall. Herring completed the sweep when she recorded a 7-5,6-2 triumph over Blajkevitch. Herring and Gullickson share the best singles record on the team at 27-7.
“I was glad we pulled out the doubles point, winning at No. 2 and 3, and we need to play better at No. 1,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “We came out and played well in singles to get a 7-0 win, and it’s always good to get another SEC road win.
“Lauren (Herring) was down 5-3 in the first set and then won eight straight games to take control of her match,” Wallace added. “Also, I thought Nadja (Gilchrist) played a good match. She was focused and had a purpose on every point.”
Up next, Georgia remains on the road and will face No. 19 Vanderbilt (13-6, 5-2) at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday. On Friday, the Commodores beat a short-handed Tennessee squad that fielded only four players in singles and two doubles teams.
No. 7 Georgia 7, Kentucky 0
Stiles/McGraw (UK) def. #8 Gullickson/Gilchrist (UGA) 8-4
Fuller/Herring (UGA) def. Morin/Blajkevitch (UK) 8-5
Kowase/Kimbell (UGA) def. Venter/Witten (UK) 8-4
#8 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Jessica Stiles (UK) 6-1,6-2
#60 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. Khristina Blajkevitch (UK) 7-5,6-2
Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Edmee Morin (UK) 6-1,6-2
#50 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Stephanie Fox (UK) 6-4,6-4
#80 Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Cece Witten (UK) 6-3,6-3
Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Meisha Testerman 6-1,6-4
Order of Finish: Double (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,5,4,6,2)
Team Records: UGA (16-2, 6-1 SEC); UK (8-10, 0-7 SEC)