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Georgia downs Clemson

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia remained undefeated, beating Clemson 7-0 at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. The Bulldogs have now won six in a row against the Tigers.

The Bulldogs won the doubles point with wins won Courts 1 and 3. The No. 5 duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase were first off the court with a 6-3 win against Clemson’s Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies. Georgia’s pair of Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell won the match’s final three games to beat Joana Eidukonyte and Romy Koelzer 6-4. Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia led 5-1 when their match was suspended.

In singles, No. 4 Herring overwhelmed No. 74 Koroleva 6-1, 6-2 to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. A short time later, No. 33 Kimbell came from behind to win 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-3). Georgia clinched the match when No. 10 Garcia controlled No. 51 Romy Koelzer in a 6-3, 6-3 win.

With the match outcome decided, Mia King raced to a 6-2, 6-2 win against Jessy Rompies and Fuller rolled to a 6-2, 7-5 win versus Ani Maio.

No. 1 Stanford 5, No. 22 Rice 2

HOUSTON -- Stanford completed a sweep of its season-opening road trip, taking down Rice 5-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinal (4-0), which defeated No. 17 Texas 6-1 on Friday, captured the doubles point and then used its singles depth to secure the win.

Stanford posted wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in doubles to take a 1-0 lead.

Freshmen Caroline Doyle and Taylor Davidson locked up straight-set victories on Courts 4 and 6, respectively, extending Stanford’s lead to 3-0.

Dominique Harmath defeated Krista Hardebeck 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5) at the No. 2 position, accounting for Rice’s first point.

Carol Zhao’s 7-6, 6-1 win at the No. 3 spot clinched the match.

Rice (2-2) received its only other point from Katherine Isip, who outlasted Ellen Tsay in a three-setter at No. 5.

Kristie Ahn remained undefeated with a 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (3) triumph at the top spot.

No. 2 Florida 7, No. 19 Baylor 0

WACO, Texas -- Senior Alexandra Cercone became the 26th Gator to win 100 career singles matches as she also provided Florida’s clinching dual match victory in a 7-0 decision against Baylor at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday.

The Gators took control from the start of the doubles matches, winning on Courts 1 and 2 to secure a quick 1-0 lead.

In singles action, freshman Belinda Woolcock got her first taste of a road dual match and didn’t show any jitters as she was the first off the court with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Alex Leatu.

Senior Sofie Oyen followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win versus Blair Shankle on Court 4, before Cercone dropped Victoria Kisialeva 6-2, 6-2 on Court 2 to secure Florida’s fourth win of the season and her career milestone victory.

Brianna Morgan and Kourtney Keegan added more points to the final score with wins on their respective courts, before senior Olivia Janowicz polished off the sweep with a thrilling rally, where she overcame a couple match points in the second set which she took in a tiebreaker and forced a third set, which she won 10-3 in the new format.

No. 10 Duke 7, Furman 0

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke upended visiting Furman 7-0 Saturday morning in the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. With the victory, Duke improved to 4-0 on the season, while Furman fell to 1-1.

Freshman Alyssa Smith and senior Marianne Jodoin opened the match by dispensing of Furman’s Margaret Boyette and Karlee Bryde 6-1 on Court 3. On court 2, junior Ester Goldfeld and senior Hanna Mar jumped out to an early 2-0 lead versus Furman’s Ansley Speaks and Blair Martin before the Paladin pair won two consecutive games to tie the set 2-2. Goldfeld and Mar strung together two games of their own, leading the set 4-2 before surrendering one more game en route to a 6-3 win. With the win on Court 2, Duke secured the doubles point.

Duke’s singles picked up where the doubles left off, putting in dominating performances that included a stellar 6-0, 6-0 showing by Jodoin on Court 5. Jodoin was first off the courts in singles, improving her record to 13-5 on the season. Senior Rachel Kahan, competing in just her third match of the season, posted an impressive 6-2, 6-0 victory versus Furman’s Boyette on Court 6.

Mar, third off the courts, secured the match winning point for Duke, defeating Speaks 6-1, 6-1. In the second set, Mar broke Speaks’ serve twice, leading to a 4-1 lead before Mar closed out the match with a 6-1 second set.

Smith extended her match win streak to four on Saturday after defeating Furman’s Oudin 6-1, 6-2. After falling behind 1-4, Goldfeld responded admirably, taking the match 6-4, 6-1 against Alex Moreno-Kaste.

Annie Mulholland concluded the match with a decisive 6-2, 6-3 victory against Furman’s Bryde.