UGA vs Texas A&M Women’s Tennis: The fourth-ranked Lady Bulldogs (17-2, 10-1) hit double-digit conference wins, grabbing SEC win number 10 on the year with 5-2 victory over the No. 18 Lady Aggies (14-9, 6-6) Sunday afternoon on the road in College Station.
The Bulldogs got a strong contribution from the bottom three courts with three wins, two of which were finished in straight sets. Sixth-ranked singles player Ellen Perez continued her perfect SEC record, earning her 10th victory in conference play with a three-set win over No. 35 Saska Gavrilovska.
The doubles point went to Georgia for the fourth-consecutive match. The first win in doubles came from the third-court pairing of Caroline Brinson and Laura Patterson, a dominant 6-0 display. The 23rd-ranked pair of Perez and Mariana Gould then came through with the clincher, taking the final three games to win 6-3.
The Aggies quickly tied the match with a 6-2, 6-1 on the third court, drawing even at 1-1. Patterson then came through for the Bulldogs, remaining perfect in SEC play with a 7-5, 6-4 decision on the No. 6 court to claim a 2-1 edge.
Perez gave Georgia a 3-1 lead with a come-from-behind victory, winning the last two sets on the top court to remain perfect on the year in SEC play with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win. Brinson followed by clinching the match for Georgia with a straight-sets win, defeating Ines Deheza 6-3, 7-6 and 7-5 in the second-set tiebreak.
Gould finished next, finishing strong to come back from a big third-set deficit to take a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 decision on the fifth court. The final result came on the second court, a three-set loss from Shaffer for the 5-2 final score.
The Bulldogs return home next week as they play host to rival Florida on Friday before capping the regular season on Sunday with South Carolina.
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No. 4 Georgia defeats No. 18 Texas A&M (5-2)
Order of Finish:
1. #23 Perez/Gould (UGA) def. #32 Paalma/Pierson (TAMU), 6-3
2. #80 Garcia/Shaffer (UGA) vs. #61 Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU), 2-4, unfinished
3. Brinson/Patterson (UGA) def. Deheza/Gonzalez (TAMU), 6-0
1. #6 Ellen Perez (UGA) def. #35 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) def. #51 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Rachel Pierson (TAMU) def. #92 Silvia Garcia (UGA), 6-2, 6-1
4. #27 Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Ines Deheza (TAMU), 6-3, 7-6(7-5)
5. Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Domenica Gonzalez (TAMU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
6. Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Eva Paalma (TAMU), 7-5, 6-4