[break] The tenth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team (1-1) overcame a doubles point loss to secure a 4-1 victory over No. 71 Samford (0-1) in the opening match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Lauren Herring clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 7-5, 6-3 singles win over Samford’s Stephanie N’tcha on court one. Freshmen Ellen Perez (6-2, 7-5) and Kennedy Shaffer (6-1, 6-1) won their respective matches on courts two and four, while junior Silvia Garcia claimed the initial singles win on court three with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Samford junior Jessica Northcutt.
“I’m really excited we got the win today,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “It’s always nice to bounce back like we did. We talked about some things in doubles that we need to do a little bit better moving forward, but I thought once the singles started our players did a great job.”
The win sees Georgia progress to an ITA Kick-Off finals showdown with SEC foe and No. 28 ranked Auburn at 5 p.m. tomorrow. The winner of the match will advance to the ITA National Indoor Team Championships at UVA from February 6-9. The Bulldogs are 50-6 all-time against the Tigers.
- #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. Stephanie N’tcha (SAM) 7-5, 6-3
- Ellen Perez (UGA) def. Yasmeen Ebada (SAM) 6-2, 7-5
- #83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Jessica Northcutt (SAM) 6-0, 6-0
- Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. Savannah Wood (SAM) 6-1, 6-1
- #91 Hannah King (UGA) vs. Iva Parapunova (SAM) 4-2, unfinished
- Caroline Brinson (UGA) vs. Carita Moolman (SAM) 6-1, unfinished
- Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) def. Stephanie N’tcha/Carita Moolman (SAM) 6-2
- Yasmeen Ebada/Jessica Northcutt (SAM) def. Caroline Brinson/Hannah King (UGA) 6-2
- Savannah Wood/Iva Parapunova (SAM) def. Mariana Gould/Laura Patterson (UGA) 6-4