No. 6 Georgia shuts out FIU
Gullickson wins fifth consecutive match to lead Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 6 Georgia clinched a berth to the ITA National Team Indoors with a 7-0 win against Florida International on Saturday.
It will be Georgia's 13th appearance at ITA National Team Indoors in the last 15 seasons.
"We're all very excited for this opportunity [to go to ITA National Team Indoors]," head coach Jeff Wallace said. "It's going to be a great challenge when we get there, but at the beginning of the season we talked about how this was one of the opportunities that we really wanted to create and now it's here. It's going to be a blast to get up there and play."
Georgia started the afternoon by securing the doubles point when the 60th-ranked pair of Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring beat Karyn Guttormsen and Giulietta Boha, 8-4. Bulldog sophomores Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase were the first doubles team off the court with a 8-2 defeat of Florida International's Lisa Johnson and Christine Seredni. The Bulldog senior duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist were leading their match 5-4 when their match was halted because the doubles point had already been clinched.
"I thought our two and three teams played absolutely fantastic," Wallace said. "Then when [Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist] started moving their feet a little more they took the lead and I think they would have been able to get it done too. "
In singles, senior Chelsey Gullickson, ranked second nationally, gave Georgia a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-0 win against the Golden Panther's Sarah McLean. The win is Gullickson's 19th of the season, and her fifth in a row. Sophomore and 22nd-ranked Maho Kowase put the Bulldogs up 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Florida International's Christine Seredni. Freshman Lauren Herring, ranked 52nd in the country, clinched her second consecutive match, and third of the year, with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Lisa Johnson.
With the outcome of the match already decided, and a bid to ITA National Team Indoors secured, Nadja Gilchrist gave the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead after she took down Rita Maisak, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Georgia's 56th-ranked Kate Fuller picked up her eighth win in a row taking down Giulietta Boha, 6-2, 6-3. To finish the day, Lilly Kimbell knocked off Karyn Guttormsen 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6). With the win, Kimbell moves to 4-1 in dual match play.