April 6, 2009

Courtesy of Georgia Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.-- The second-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team dispatched 25th-ranked Alabama 6-1 Sunday at the Crisp Indoor Facility.

The Bulldogs swept the doubles and notched singles wins from Chelsy Gullickson, Nadja Gilchrist, Monika Dancevic, Cameron Ellis and Naoko Ueshima. Georgia improved to 17-2 overall and  leads the Southeastern Conference with a 7-1 league mark. The Crimson Tide dropped to 13-5 (3-5 SEC).

In doubles, the Ueshima and Ellis team was the first to finish, posting an 8-1 win over Meritt Emery and Shelley Godwin in the No. 3 match. Georgia’s top duo of Gullickson and Gilchrist clinched the point with an 8-2 win over Tiffany Welcher and Courtney McLane. Then, Dancevic and Yvette Hyndman capped the sweep with an 8-6 win over Paulina Bigos and Taylor Lindsey.

Alabama’s lone point came at No. 2 singles. McLane took the first set 6-1 over Hyndman in the No. 2 match and then the Bulldog junior retired due to a toe injury. Dancevic, ranked 81st, gave the Bulldogs back the lead with a 6-1,6-1 win over Emery in the No. 4 match. Then, 50th-ranked Gilchrist made it 3-1 after beating Bigos 6-1,6-3 at No. 3. Ninth-ranked Gullickson clinched the victory when she outlasted 105th-ranked Welcher 6-3,6-7,6-1 at No. 1 for a 4-1 advantage. Ellis won her eighth straight match, beating Taylor Lindsey 6-1,7-6 at No. 6 for a 5-1 lead. Ueshima completed the strong showing in singles with a 6-1,6-4 win over Shelly Godwin.

Four Bulldogs own impressive winning streaks in singles. Ueshima leads the team with 19 straight victories including a 16-0 mark in dual matches. She is 25-5 this season. Ellis has won eight straight and owns a 26-3 record. Gilchrist has a six-match winning streak and a 28-8 overall record while Dancevic has now won four in a row and is 27-11.

“We showed a lot of fight today and that began with excellent doubles,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. “We clinched the doubles point in 37 minutes. Overall, we got two good road wins this weekend and now it’s time to get ready for a couple of big SEC matches at home.”

Up next, Georgia plays host to Vanderbilt on Friday at 5 p.m.

 #2 Georgia 6, #25 Alabama 1


1. #37 Chelsey Gullickson/Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. #74 Tiffany Welcher/Courtney McLane (UA) 8-2

2. Yvette Hyndman/Monika Dancevic (UGA) def. Paulina Bigos/Taylor Lindsey (UA) 8-6

3. Naoko Ueshima/Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Meritt Emery/Shelley Godwin (UA) 8-1


1. #9 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. #105 Tiffany Welcher (UA) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1

2. Courtney McLane (UA) def. #34 Yvette Hyndman (UGA) 6-1, 1-0, retired

3. #50 Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 6-1, 6-3

4. #81 Monika Dancevic (UGA) def. Meritt Emery (UA) 6-1, 6-1

5. Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Shelley Godwin (UA) 6-1, 6-4

6. Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Taylor Lindsey (UA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)


Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,3,1,6,5)

#2 Georgia 17-2 (7-1 SEC); #25 Alabama 13-5 (3-5 SEC)