Bulldog Pair Named ITA Regional Award Winners
ATHENS------University of Georgia senior Chelsey Gullickson and freshman Lauren Herring earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Awards, the ITA announced Monday.
Gullickson has been named the ITA Southeast Region Senior of the Year while Herring is the ITA Southeast Region Rookie of the Year. These awards go to the top student-athletes from this region, which includes the states of Georgia and Florida. The country is divided in to 12 regions, and they are now up for the ITA National Awards. Currently ranked No. 7 nationally, Gullickson owns a team-best 33-8 singles record and 30-11 mark in doubles. Herring is ranked No. 70 with a 29-8 singles record and 27-12 in doubles.
Gullickson is a six-time All-American with a career record of 123-33 in singles including the 2010 NCAA title and 101-40 in doubles. Gullickson’s 224 career wins is a school record. She has a chance to become the school’s first-ever eight-time All-American. Following the NCAA team competition, Gullickson is in the NCAA singles and doubles field. She has served as the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles player in the lineup throughout her Bulldog career.
Earlier this spring, Herring was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches. An All-SEC selection, she played mostly No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Bulldogs. Herring has tallied a team-best seven match-clinching victories. She is 13-3 at No. 2 singles and 12-4 at No. 2 doubles this year.
“We’re very proud of Chelsey and Lauren for being honored by the ITA,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “Both are very deserving and have had a fine season in helping the team maintain a ranking in the top six in the country. For Chelsey, this is the latest honor in her exceptional career as a Bulldog.”
Gullickson is the ninth Bulldog in school history to win to be named ITA Regional Senior of the Year and the first since Natalie Frazier in 2007. Herring is the fifth Bulldog to be tabbed ITA Regional Rookie of the Year and the first since Gullickson in 2009.
The Bulldogs (23-4) are the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Championships and are in the Round of 16 here in Athens after registering a pair of wins this past weekend at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Georgia will face the No. 11 seed Texas (19-7) here on Thursday at 4 p.m. Back in February at the ITA National Team Indoors in Virginia, Georgia posted a 4-2 win over Texas.