WOMEN’S TENNIS: Dawgs Advance at Clay Court Invitational

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WOMEN’S TENNIS: Dawgs Advance at Clay Court Invitational

Georgia’s Laura Patterson in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)
[su_spacer size=”20″] Georgia continued play in the Sunshine State on Friday, competing in three singles matches and two doubles matches at the Clay Court Invitational.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Laura Patterson was again one of the premier performers for the Dawgs, again claiming a singles and a doubles victory on the day.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “It’s great to see Laura playing well,” said Associate Head Coach Drake Bernstein. “She comes to practice with a great attitude every day and it’s fantastic to see her work paying off.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Senior Silvia Garcia, ranked 58th, joined her in advancing on the day with a gritty 6-4, 6-2 win over Florida State’s Gabriella Castaneda, ranked 81st.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “Silvia gave a great Bulldawg effort today not feeling well and got it done in straight sets over a ranked player,” Bernstein said. “She definitely set a great example for how we want to compete day in and day out.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Patterson’s doubles pair with Caroline Brinson also advanced with an 8-5 victory, while the pairing of Mariana Gould and Kennedy Shaffer fell 8-1. Ellen Perez also was knocked out of the tournament by a 6-3, 7-6(5) score against Clemson’s Theresa Piontek.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Kennedy Shaffer, ranked 37th, scored a consolation match victory over Jocelyn Treyes of FGCU in straight sets.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “As a team we made improvements on where we were at yesterday,” Bernstein said. “We look forward to doing the same tomorrow.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia will be back in action on Saturday morning.
[su_spacer size=”40″] RESULTS

Singles Gold Bracket
Theresa Piontek (Clemson) def. #29 Ellen Perez 6-3, 7-6(5)
#58 Silvia Garcia def. #81 Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) 6-4, 6-2

Singles Garnet Bracket
Laura Patterson def. Laura Valkova (USA) 6-3, 6-1

Singles Gold Consolation Bracket
#37 Kennedy Shaffer def. Jocelyn Treyes (FGCU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles Gold Bracket
Brinson/Patterson def. Hemmerich/Vazquez (UNF) 8-5
Borthwick/Fanning (FSU) def. Shaffer/Gould 8-1
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