CLEMSON, S.C. — Led by a streaking Lauren Herring, No. 6 Georgia beat No. 19 Clemson 5-2 on Saturday at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.
Georgia won the doubles point, and followed with four singles wins to pick up its third dual match win of the season.
“I thought it was a great match all the way around,” head coach Jeff Wallace said. “It was good that we could get a road match in before [ITA National Team Indoors]. I thought we fought hard and played outstanding. It was a really good college tennis match. Our team kept fighting and fighting, and I just really felt like to come back and win two [singles] matches in three sets was a great test for us and I thought we handled it really well.”
Georgia got an early 1-0 match lead by winning the doubles point. The Georgia duo of Herring and Mia King were first off the court with a 8-4 win against Ani Miao and Romy Koelzer. Shortly later, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia clinched the doubles point with a 8-4 defeat of Yana Koroleva and Tristen Dewar. The Bulldogs’ No. 22 pair of Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase were trailing 7-5, but the match was suspended because the doubles point had already been clinched.
In singles, Herring gave Georgia a 2-0 lead after beating No. 32 Yana Koroleva, 6-4, 6-3. It marked Herring’s sixth win in a row and 10th this year versus a ranked opponent. Clemson cut into the Georgia lead when No. 77 Beatrice Gumulya beat Georgia’s Garcia 7-5, 6-2. Fuller, a junior ranked 54th nationally, came from behind to beat No. 69 Romy Koelzer 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. With the win, she improved to 16-3 this season. She is 9-1 in three-set matches since the beginning of her sophomore campaign. Kowase clinched the match with a three-set, come from behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win against Clemson’s Liz Jeukeng. With the win, Kowase improved to 21-5 this year.
With the match outcome already decided, King beat Dewar 6-2, 6-3 and Kimbell fell to Miao 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8).
Georgia improved its lead against Clemson in the all-time series to 25-19.