Six Bulldogs Earn All-SEC Honors
ATHENS----Six members of the Georgia women’s tennis team earned All-SEC honors including SEC Freshman of the Year Lauren Herring, the league announced Wednesday.
Herring, senior Chelsey Gullickson and sophomore Maho Kowase were named to the First Team while senior Nadja Gilchrist and sophomores Kate Fuller and Lilly Kimbell made the Second Team. The All-SEC First Team featured 12 members and the second team included 15 members due to ties.
Gullickson, who is 31-8 in singles and 29-11 in doubles this season, earned first team All-SEC honors for the fourth time. Kowase is now a two-time All-SEC selection. She is 23-6 in singles and 25-7 in doubles. The Kowase/Kimbell duo is riding a 19-match winning streak to go with a 21-2 record. They are 19-0 at No. 3 doubles this year.
Herring, who is 28-7 in singles and 26-12 in doubles, is the fourth Bulldog in school history to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors, joining Gullickson (2009), Yvette Hyndman (2007) and Lori Grey (2000). Herring has played No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles in the lineup this year and has six match-clinching victories. Also, Herring was a part of the All-Freshmen SEC squad.
“It’s exciting to see the players rewarded for a great season and make All-SEC,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “It’s a great honor for Lauren Herring to be the SEC Freshman of the Year. She has had a fantastic year.”
In singles, Kimbell is 23-8 overall including 9-1 in the SEC; Gilchrist is 20-9 (7-3 SEC); Fuller is 26-12 (5-5 SEC).
Alabama’s Jenny Mainz was named the SEC Coach of the Year as the Crimson Tide captured the Western Division. Florida’s Lauren Embree was the SEC Player of the Year after going undefeated in singles and doubles in league play. Courtney McLane (Alabama) was the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. McLane graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA and is pursuing a master’s degree in marketing.
On May 1st at 5:30 p.m, the NCAA will announce the field of 64 and the 16 host sites for first and second round action of the NCAA Championships. Georgia has the fifth longest active streak of NCAA Tournament appearances at 25. The Bulldogs have served as an NCAA first/second round site 10 times. The 2012 NCAA Round of 16-finals will be at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex too.