May 10, 2009

Courtesy of Georgia Athletics

The second-ranked Georgia women's tennis team advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Championships Sunday after a 4-0 win over No. 35 Boise State at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Georgia (25-2) has won 14 straight matches and now will play the Florida/Florida State winner in the round of 16 on May 15 at 1 p.m. ET in College Station, Texas. The Bulldogs are making their 23rd consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and are 55-20 overall in the tournament, winning national titles in 1994 and 2000.

In doubles, Georgia's sixth-ranked team of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist were the first off the court after posting an 8-4 win over Lauren Megale and Pichittra Thongdach. Then, the No. 3 duo of Cameron Ellis and Naoko Ueshima clinched the team point with an 8-2 win over Laura Baum and Bianca Jochimsen to raise their record to 27-12. The Bulldogs are 21-0 in matches after winning the doubles point. The No. 2 match was halted with the point determined. The Bronco duo of Vivien Silfany and Klaudia Wlodarczyk had a 7-4 lead.

In singles, ninth-ranked Gullickson made it 2-0 when she dispatched 69th-ranked Thongdach 6-1,6-1 for her ninth straight win. Gullickson is 36-9 this year including 19-5 at No. 1. At that point, the Bulldogs had won the first set in four of the other five matches and eventually would take all five. Junior Yvette Hyndman gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 edge with a straight set win over Megale at No. 2.

Gilchrist clinched the win with a 6-4,6-2 victory over Silfany. The Bulldog freshman has won a team-best 12 in a row and raised her record to 34-8. Georgia was leading in the remaining matches that were halted.

"I got down 2-0, and I told myself to calm down, get focused, and I was able to do that," said Gilchrist. "It was a good match, my opponent was playing well. I am looking forward to continue playing in College Station and see all the other teams there."

"It's exciting to be advancing to the round of 16, and I credit the players," said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace. "We played good doubles and kept that focus in the singles. One of our goals was to make it College Station and now we wait to see who we will play next. We hope to stay on a roll and play well because it takes a total team effort."

The Broncos end the year with a 24-5 record.

#2 Georgia 4, #35 Boise State 0

1. #6 Chelsey Gullickson/Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Lauren Megale/Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) 8-4

2. Monika Dancevic/Yvette Hyndman (UGA) vs. Vivien Silfany/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) 4-7, suspended

3. Cameron Ellis/Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Laura Baum/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 8-2


1. #9 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. #69 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) 6-1,6-1

2. #55 Yvette Hyndman (UGA) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 6-3,6-2

3. #56 Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Vivien Silfany (BSU) 6-4,6-2,

4. #93 Monika Dancevic (UGA) vs. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 6-4, 4-4 suspended

5. Naoko Ueshima (UGA) vs. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) 6-4, suspended

6. Cameron Ellis (UGA) vs. Laura Baum (BSU) 6-4,4-1 suspended

Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,3)

#2 Georgia now 25-2; #35 BSU now 24-5