Georgia Women's Tennis Eyes Texas
May Madness: Sixth-ranked and sixth-seeded Georgia (23-4) looks to build on its first two NCAA wins when it faces 11th-seeded Texas on Thursday in Athens in the round of 16 at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs are 7-3 in Round of 16 matches and beyond when they're held in Athens.
1st and 2nd Round Rewind: Georgia downed No. 64 College of Charleston 4-0 and No. 24 Clemson 4-3 in Athens last weekend to clinch a spot in the round of 16. It was the 11th time that the Bulldogs have served as a 1st/2nd round host since the NCAA went to this current format in 1999. They are now 22-0 in the early rounds when they're held in Athens.
A Look at the Opponent: Georgia will look to continue its success against 11th-ranked Texas (27-5). Georgia is 11-3 all-time against the Longhorns, including a 4-2 win in February in, ironically, the round of 16 at ITA National Indoors. In that match, Georgia won the doubles point, and was carried in singles with wins by Lauren Herring, Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell. Should Georgia win, they'll face the winner of No. 3 Duke and No. 14 Virginia.
Bulldogs in the Tournament: Georgia has posted an all-time record of 63-23 in the NCAA tournament en route to two NCAA tournament titles, with the most recent coming in 2000. The Bulldogs also won the tournament in 1994. The Bulldogs were finalists in 1987 and semi-finalists seven other times ('89, '91, '95, '98, 2001, '02, and '09). This year marks the Bulldogs 26th NCAA appearance.
More Tournament Success: In addition to team success, Georgia has had three NCAA Individual Champions (Lisa Spain, 1984, Angela Lettiere, 1994, and Chelsey Gullickson, 2010) and three NCAA doubles team finalists (Anderson/Catlin, 1997, Catlin/Castellano, 1999, Catlin/Grey, 2000). Shannan McCarthy was a singles finalist in 1992. This year, senior Chelsey Gullickson and sophomore Maho Kowase are in the singles tournament and Gullickson and fellow senior Nadja Gilchrist are in the doubles tournament. Gullickson is ranked seventh nationally and is the No. 8 seed in the singles tournament.
Record Setters: With their victory during the first round match against College of Charleston, sophomores Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase set a school record with their 20th straight doubles win of the season and moved their overall record to 22-2. The duo extended the record with another doubles win against Clemson in the second round. The previous record for consecutive doubles victories was 19 by the All-American duo of Marissa Catlin and Vanessa Castellano set in 1999. Senior Chelsey Gullickson also won a pair of matches last weekend to set the school record for the most combined wins. The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native is 123-33 in singles and 101-40 in doubles for a total of 224 career wins.
ITA Honors: Senior Chelsey Gullickson and freshman Lauren Herring were named ITA Southeast Region Senior of the Year and ITA Southeast Region Rookie of the Year, respectively. These awards go to the top student-athletes from this region, which includes the states of Georgia and Florida.
SEC Honors: Six members of the Georgia women's tennis team earned All-SEC honors. Freshman Lauren Herring brought home top honors of SEC Freshman of the Year. 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.
Fast Facts: Georgia is 107-36 (.748) in dual singles matches this year and 55-16 (.780) in doubles.
In SEC action, the Bulldogs finished 46-14 (.767) in singles and 22-8 (.733) in doubles. At 9-2 in league play, Georgia finished second in the Eastern Division behind No. 2 Florida (18-1, 11-0 SEC).
The Bulldogs are 20-1 when they win the doubles point, the lone loss coming to Alabama on April 6. The Bulldogs are 2-3 when they drop the doubles point and 1-0 when no doubles point is played.