No. 8 Georgia Faces No. 21 Tennessee Saturday
ATHENS-----Eighth-ranked Georgia (18-3, 8-2 SEC) wraps up the regular season Saturday at noon by playing host to No. 21 Tennessee (13-10, 4-6 SEC). It's free admission at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Georgia will recognize its two All-American seniors in Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist. Gullickson is 120-32 in singles in her career while Gilchrist is 89-43. They are 61-19 as a duo including reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship in 2010. Gullickson captured the 2010 NCAA singles title.
This year, Gullickson, who is ranked sixth nationally, owns a team-best 30-7 singles record including 16-5 at No. 1. Gilchrist is 18-8, seeing action in various spots in the lineup. They were 20-7 in doubles earlier this year. Last week, Gullickson went 2-0 with Alina Jerjomina while Gilchrist went 1-1 with Kate Fuller. Also of note, the sophomore doubles team of Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase are riding a 17-match winning streak. They are 19-2 this season. Kimbell is 9-1 in SEC singles action and 21-8 overall. Kowase is 8-1 in league singles play and 22-6 overall.
The Bulldogs will finish second in the Eastern Division and likely be the No. 3 seed in next week's SEC Tournament at No. 16 Ole Miss. The event will be April 19-22, and the bracket will be released late Saturday. Second-ranked Florida (17-1, 10-0 SEC) and seventh-ranked Alabama (15-3, 9-1 SEC) are in line to win the divisions and be the top two seeds.
Last week, Tennessee split its two matches, defeating No. 63 Auburn, 4-3, and dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 11 Alabama. The victory over Auburn gave the Lady Vols their first consecutive wins since winning four consecutive to close February. UT was forced to play with an incomplete singles lineup in each match, totaling eight times that's happened this season, due to injuries. Brynn Boren won her seventh consecutive contest vs. Auburn, before seeing her career-high winning streak snapped Sunday. Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely swept their weekend in doubles, improving to 14-1 overall, 7-0 in dual match play and 6-0 in SEC action.