The ninth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team (2-1) will hit the road for matches against No. 13 Clemson (2-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday and No. 10 Virginia (2-1) at 6 p.m. on Monday.
The trip will serve as yet another early season test for the Bulldogs, who narrowly fell on the road to No. 6 Baylor at the start of the season. The team has won both of its matches since then, however, going 2-0 at the ITA Kick-Off in Athens last weekend with 4-1 and 4-0 wins over No. 71 Samford and No. 28 Auburn, respectively.[break] [break]
Senior Lauren Herring, who is ranked 19th in the nation in singles, put on a stellar display as she defeated Auburn’s No. 36 ranked Pleun Burgmans in singles and then sided with freshman teammate Ellen Perez to pull off a 6-4 upset of Burgmans and Emily Flickinger, the nation’s No. 3 ranked doubles team.[break] [break]
As a result of the win over Auburn, the Bulldogs booked a place in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will take place from Feb. 6-9, also at Virginia. Herring was also named SEC Player of the Week by the league office on Wednesday for her strong play over the weekend.[break] [break]
The Bulldogs faced both Clemson and Virginia last season and wound up winning both matches by respective 7-0 and 4-3 score lines. Ironically, the Tigers were ranked No. 13 when they met last spring. Virginia was ranked No. 5. Georgia is 27-19 all-time against Clemson, with the Tigers having not won a match over the Bulldogs since 2010. Against the Cavaliers, Georgia is 2-0 all-time following last year’s win.[break] [break]
Both Georgia and Virginia have faced No. 6 Baylor this spring in Waco, Texas, site of the 2015 NCAA Tennis Championships. The Cavaliers lost 6-1 while the Bulldogs lost 4-3.[break] [break]
Georgia will battle the Cavaliers on Feb. 2 and remain in Charlottesville for the National Team Indoor Championships from Feb. 6-9.