URBANA, Ill.—The fourth-seeded Georgia women’s tennis team beat the 13th seeded Clemson Tigers 4-2 Friday afternoon at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex to advance to the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs (24-3) will take on the winner of Southern California and Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
This will be Georgia’s
21st quarterfinal appearance in program history.
“It was a great match,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “I thought Clemson played the best doubles point against us of the season. I was really impressed with how we responded in singles. I knew [after the break] that our players were ready to give it everything that they had. We got off to good starts on pretty much every court, and I felt like our players fought hard and kept their composure.
Georgia was able to overcome only its third lost doubles point of the season with a strong performance in singles.
In doubles, the nation’s top-ranked pair of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia dropped only their third match of the season, falling to Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya, 8-3. Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase evened the doubles point with an 8-3 win over Romy Koelzer and Tristen Dewar, but Tigers’ clinched the doubles point when Liz Jeukeng and Ani Miao beat Lilly Kimbell and Mia King, 8-1.
Herring, ranked sixth in the country, dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision to No. 16 Yana Koroleva. The loss snaps Herring’s eight match winning streak. Shortly after, Fuller beat Romy Koelzer, 6-4, 6-1. The win is Fuller’s third in a row and 31st of the season. No. 104 Garcia evened the score with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 40 Gumulya, handing Gumulya her first loss since March 3rd. Garcia also avenged a two-set loss to Gumulya in February.
King put Georgia up 3-2 with her fifth win in a row, outlasting Tristen Dewar, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Shortly after, Kowase, ranked 19th in the country, punched Georgia’s ticket to the quarterfinals, winning a tightly contested 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) decision. This marks Kowase's ninth match clincher of the season.
“I’m so happy to get the win [for the team],” Kowase said. “We fought so hard today and I think it really showed that we wanted it.”
Georgia is playing in its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament, and now owns a 67-24 all-time record. The Bulldogs are aiming for their 11th National Semifinal appearance, and their first since 2009.
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No. 4 Georgia 4, No. 13 Clemson 2
Noon CT – South Courts
1. #16 Yana Koroleva (CLEM) def. #6 Lauren Herring (UGA) 6-2, 6-0
2. #19 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Liz Jeukeng (CLEM) 7-6(4), 7-6(2)
3. #104 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. #40 Beatrice Gumulya (CLEM) 6-4, 6-3
4. Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Romy Koelzer (CLEM) 6-4, 6-1
5. Ayaka Okuno (UGA) vs. Ani Miao (CLEM) 5-7, 6-3, 3-0*
6. Mia King (UGA) def. Tristen Dewar (CLEM) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
1. Koroleva/Gumulya (CLEM) def. #1 Fuller/Garcia (UGA) 8-3
2. Herring/Kowase (UGA) vs. Koelzer/Dewar (CLEM) 8-3
3. Jeukeng/Miao (CLEM) def. Kimbell/King (UGA) 8-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,3,6,2)
* = unfinished