Fifth-ranked Georgia narrowly escapes No. 3 Texas A&M to improve in SEC
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Fifth-ranked Georgia knocked off third-ranked Texas A&M 4-2 on Sunday at the Georgia P. Mitchell Tennis Center to move into a three-way tie for first place in the SEC.
The match was halted for nearly three hours when Georgia held a 3-1 lead due to inclement weather.
For the 15th time this season, Georgia grabbed an early lead by winning the doubles point. The fourth-ranked tandem of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia beat Texas A&M's seventh ranked pair of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu 8-3. The Aggies evened the score when Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase, ranked 59th nationally, defeated 72nd-ranked Cristina Sanchez and Wen Sun 8-3. Georgia clinched the doubles point when Lilly Kimbell and Mia King won three consecutive games to beat Ines and Paula Deheza 8-5.
The Aggies evened the score when Anna Mamalat beat Georgia's Kimbell 6-1, 6-4. Shortly after, eighth-ranked Herring beat fifth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar 6-2, 6-4. Sanchez-Quintanar is the highest-ranked opponent that Herring has beaten this season, and the 14th ranked opponent that she's taken down. Kowase, ranked 18th in the country, gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage after beating 68th-ranked Stancu 6-2, 6-2, her seventh win in a row.
After the weather delay, Texas A&M narrowed the Georgia lead when Ines Deheza topped Fuller 7-6 (3), 6-2, but King secured the Bulldog victory with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Hristov.
Georgia improves to 7-0 all-time against the Aggies, including 4-0 in College Station. Sunday's win marks the first win for Georgia against a top-five team since beating second-ranked Cal in February of 2009.
With the win, Wallace sits just two wins shy of No. 600. He is the winningest active coach in college women's tennis, and would be one of three women's tennis coaches to reach the 600-win mark.