April 27, 2009

Courtesy of Georgia Athletics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Third-ranked Georgia women's tennis team blanked No. 10 Tennessee 4-0 here Sunday in the SEC Tournament final. It marked Georgia's third straight SEC Tournament title.

Georgia (23-2) grabbed a 1-0 lead by capturing the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No.2. Tennessee's No. 3 team of Samantha Orlin and Maria Sorbello was the first to finish with an 8-0 win over Cameron Ellis and Naoko Ueshima. At that point, Georgia was up 6-3 at No. 1 and 3-2 at No. 2. Georgia's 12th-ranked duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist went on to beat 20th-ranked Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota 8-4 at No. 1. The doubles point would come down to the No. 2 match where the Bulldogs held a 5-3 edge. Senior Monika Dancevic and junior Yvette Hyndman would come through with an 8-5 win over Tennessee's Rosalia Alda and Zsofia Zubor.

In singles, Ellis gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead with a straight set win at No. 6, beating Sorbello 6-0,6-1. Dancevic defeated Meredith 6-4,6-4 in the No. 4 match to put the Bulldogs in front 3-0. Gullickson clinched the win for the second straight day in the No. 1 match. The No. 12 ranked freshman defeated the No. 48th ranked Whoriskey 6-2,6-3. The rest of the matches were halted with the team outcome determined.
Dacevic was named the tournament's most valuable player.

"We came here on a mission to win it and we came through so that's exciting," said Dancevic. "It's special for me as a senior to get the third straight tournament title." 

"I'm real proud of the team, they came in and were focused the whole time and took care of business." said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace.

Up next, Georgia will tune in Tuesday at 5:20 p.m. ET to the NCAA Division I women's and men's tennis selection show on ESPNews. The field of 64 will be announced along with the 16 host sites for first and second round action. ESPNews is located on DirecTV channel 207/DishNetwork channel 142. The team brackets will be posted on the NCAA web sites (www.NCAA.com and www.NCAA.org) shortly after the completion of the televised announcement. The list of individuals selected to the NCAA singles and doubles championships will be posted on both web sites by 6 p.m. ET Wednesday.

NCAA first and second round team matches will be May 8-10 at campuses around the country. The 16 first- and second-round winners advance to Texas A&M University to compete for the national championship along with the individual singles and doubles competitors.