The fourth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team will return to action this Saturday when it travels to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at noon ET in Barksdale Stadium.
The Bulldogs have not lost to the Lady Vols since 2012 and hold a 42-9 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, Georgia swept Tennessee 7-0 in Athens.[su_spacer size=”20″]
This time around the Bulldogs (12-4, 5-1) will be looking to avoid handing the Lady Vols (8-10, 0-6) their first SEC victory of the season. Tennessee has fallen in all six of its league matches thus far, most recently losing 4-3 to Kentucky at home.[su_spacer size=”40″]
Georgia, on the other hand, has won three-straight conference matches after falling to No. 9 Alabama at the beginning of March. In their last match, the Bulldogs beat No. 11 Vanderbilt 5-2 to move up to second place in the SEC standings.[su_spacer size=”40″]
Bulldog senior Lauren Herring remains Georgia’s highest ranked singles player at No. 11, while a trio of freshmen (No. 55 Hannah King, No. 56 Ellen Perez, and No. 58 Kennedy Shaffer) follow her lead. In doubles, Herring and Perez are No. 16 in the nation while Shaffer and junior Silvia Garcia are No. 20.[su_spacer size=”40″]
Tennessee has no players ranked in singles but does boast the nation’s No. 33 ranked doubles team in Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams. Together the pair is 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in SEC play. Henderson, a senior, is also the reigning SEC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.[su_spacer size=”40″]
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