Georgia women’s tennis team member, Sophomore Kennedy Shaffer, the 76th-ranked singles player in the country, was named SEC Player of the Week by the league office on Wednesday morning.
The Rossford, Ohio native is coming off an impressive 3-0 singles performance at the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship in which she claimed two upset victories. She is the only Bulldog to have a singles win in each dual match this season, boasting a perfect 6-0 record while splitting time between the No. 3 (2-0) and No. 4 (4-0) singles courts.
After defeating Sabrina Federici of No. 17 Texas Tech 6-2, 6-3, Shaffer, who entered the tournament ranked 109th, dispatched then-No. 107 Kate Fahey of 12th-ranked Michigan 6-2, 6-4 on the three court. She followed up that performance with a 6-1, 6-2 win over then-No. 68 Kate Vialle of top-five North Carolina.
Shaffer’s win over Fahey clinched a berth for Georgia in the indoor semifinals, sealing Georgia’s place as the only school in the country to make last year’s indoor semis, the NCAA Final Four, and this year’s indoor semifinals.
In doubles play, Shaffer played along side fellow sophomore Laura Patterson on the No. 3 court. The pair went 2-1 at the indoor championship and clinched the doubles point in Georgia’s victory over Texas Tech to kick off play at the prestigious indoor tournament.
Fourth-ranked Georgia will have the week off before resuming play at in-state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday, Feb. 20.
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