The No. 1-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team kept rolling Sunday afternoon, polishing off Missouri, 4-0, in the Bulldogs’ final road contest of the season at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.
Within the Bulldogs’ perfect 19-0 record are eight away wins, and Georgia now will return home with the opportunity to clinch its 10th Southeastern Conference Regular Season Championship in front of its home fans. Georgia sits alone atop of the SEC at 11-0 entering the last weekend of play.
“It was a good road trip for us,” Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said. “I thought our players played well in doubles. It was tight at the beginning, but we ended up playing great on courts one and three and got the point. Then we had some great singles matches, but we are just excited to get another SEC road win and come back to Athens. We look forward to next weekend.”
This afternoon, Georgia grabbed its sixth-straight doubles point, improving the season total to 14-for-18 in the category. Court one concluded first with freshman Lourdes Carle and sophomore Katarina Jokic defeating sophomore Ellie Wright and freshman Lisa Fukutoku, 6-2, after being knotted at 2-all. The clinch occurred on court three as freshman Meg Kowalski and junior Marta Gonzalez got their second win of the weekend and third in a row. The Georgia duo downed Mizzou’s junior team of Gabrielle Goldin and Serena Nash, 6-2, after the Tigers failed to return Kowalski’s serve on match point.
In singles, the Bulldogs gained first set advantages on all six courts to take full control. In a mirror image of Friday’s win, freshman Lourdes Carle, sophomore Vivian Wolff and freshman Meg Kowalski earned singles wins to seal Georgia’s victory. The only difference was Kowalski, of Chicago, recorded the clinch, which marks her sixth of the season.
Carle, ranked No. 89 in ITA singles, was the first to finish at court three, dispatching Wright, 6-3, 6-1, for her eighth win in a row. Wolff, ranked No. 46, reached 13-straight wins by defeating Fukutoku on court four, 6-1, 6-2. Lastly, Kowalski, ranked No. 101, ended the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win against MU freshman Viven Abraham. The clinch stretched Kowalski’s unblemished record to 19-0, matching Georgia’s team record. All three Bulldogs are undefeated in conference play, amassing 25 wins.
“All of our singles played good tennis,” Wallace added. “They were all battling, but those [Carle, Wolff, and Kowalski] were just the first three done.”
Going unfinished, but leading in their respective matches were Jokic on court one, Gonzalez on court two, and junior Elena Chrisotfi on court five.
“It will be a big day for us [next week’s potential championship] and I know our team is excited about that,” Wallace added. “We have some prep to do prior to that on and off the court in academics, but we will be ready and really excited the finish the regular season in Athens.”
Georgia concludes its regular season schedule with two matches at home next weekend. The Bulldogs will face No. 26 Kentucky on Friday, April 12th, at 4 p.m., with the win meaning a conference title. Georgia then will conclude with No. 6 Vanderbilt on Sunday at 1 p.m.