WTEN: Dawgs (9) Open SEC Play With a Win Over Tennessee (23)

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WTEN: Dawgs (9) Open SEC Play With a Win Over Tennessee (23)

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The No. 9 Georgia women’s tennis team defeated No. 23 Tennessee in the first outdoor and SEC match of the season, 4-0. The Bulldogs improve to 6-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference competition.

In doubles, the duo of No. 52 Morgan Coppoc and Meg Kowalski made quick work of Adriana Riley and Carly Briggs, defeating them 6-2. Right after, the freshman, senior duo of Lea Ma and Elena Christofi defeated Johanna Silva and Rebeka Mertena, 6-4 to give Georgia the doubles point. No. 31 Katarina Jokic and Anna Hertel went unfinished on court one up 5-4 on No. 8 Tenika McGiffin and Kaitlin Staines.


In singles, No. 86 Gonzalez took care of business on court three, defeating No. 73 Staines 6-3, 6-2. No. 52 Kowalski was right behind her, defeating McGiffin 6-2, 6-0 on court six. No. 27 Jokic clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court one. 

The Bulldogs will be back in action with two road matches in Mississippi facing off against Ole Miss on March 6 and Mississippi State on March 8. The team will return to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on March 13 to take on Florida.

Marta Gonzalez
Marta Gonzalez


Results
Doubles
1. No. 31 Katarina Jokic/ Anna Hertel (UGA)l vs. Tenika McGiffin/Kaitlin Staines (UT) Unfinished
2. Lea Ma/ Elena Christofi (UGA) def. Johanna Silva/ Rebeka Mertena (UT) 6-4
3. No. 52 Meg Kowalski/ Morgan Coppoc (UGA) def. Adriana Riley/ Carly Briggs (UT) 6-2

Singles
1. No. 27 Katarina Jokic (UGA) def. No. 40 Rebeka Mertena (UT) 6-2, 6-3
2. No. 31 Lea Ma (UGA) vs. No. 55 Johanna Silva (UT) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
3. No. 86 Marta Gonzalez (UGA) def. No. 73 Kaitlin Staines (UT) 6-3, 6-2
4. No. 104 Morgan Coppoc vs. No. 100 Carly Briggs (UT) 6-7 (7-3), 1-1, unfinished
5. Elena Christofi (UGA) vs. Hadley Doyle (UT) 4-6, 1-2, unfinished
6. No. 52 Meg Kowalski (UGA) def. Tenika McGiffin (UT) 6-2, 6-0

Order of Finish:
Doubles: 3,2
Singles: 3,6,1

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