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DI Roundup: Fuller sets Bulldog record

ATHENS, Ga. -- Seventh-ranked Georgia swept Furman 7-0 on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Georgia senior Kate Fuller won her 110th career doubles match, giving her the most in Bulldog history.

Georgia (5-2) won an exciting doubles point and then cruised to six singles wins to secure the win against Furman (3-3).

In doubles, Maho Kowase and Mia King quickly beat Margaret Boyette and Karlee Bryde 8-2. Later, Fuller and Silvia Garcia rallied to an 8-6 come-from-behind win against Alex Moreno and Katherine Oudin to clinch the doubles point. Fuller and Garcia's win was Fuller's 110th of her career -- a new Georgia record. In setting the record, she passed Naoko Ueshima (2007-10, 109-50).

"It's really special," Fuller said. "I'm really honored to have had the opportunity to even play that many doubles matches here. There have been a lot of great doubles players who have played here so it's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as them."

In singles, Fuller was first off the court with a 6-1, 6-0 win against Karlee Bryde. In similar form, freshman Caroline Brinson won her first career singles match 6-0, 6-2 against Kelly Sullivan.

Georgia clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court one from Garcia. The win was Garcia's 20th of the year. With the match outcome already decided, the Bulldogs won three more singles matches to complete the sweep. King topped Boyette 6-3, 6-2 to give Georgia 5-0 lead. A short time later, Maho Kowase topped Ansley Speaks 7-6(4), 6-0 and Lilly Kimbell outdid Katherine 7-5, 6-3 to complete the Bulldog sweep.

No. 13 Virginia 5, No. 1 Duke 2

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- In its first match since claiming the 2014 National Team Indoor Championship and moving to No. 1 in the nation, Duke dropped a 5-2 decision at 13th-ranked Virginia (6-2, 1-0 ACC) on Friday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

Duke (8-1, 0-1 ACC) jumped out to a good start by taking the doubles point as sixth-ranked Blue Devil tandem of Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar claimed an 8-6 win against third-ranked Julie Elbaba and Rachel Pierson on court one. Duke’s duo of Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith then knocked off Stephanie Nauta and Maci Epstein 8-7 on court two after falling down 7-6.

On court three, Annie Mulholland and Chalena Scholl of Duke were leading 6-4, when the Blue Devils clinched the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.

All the momentum Duke had heading into singles play evaporated quickly as Virginia won the first set on five of the first six courts.

The Cavaliers claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win on court five as Epstein downed senior Rachel Kahan to even the score 1-1. Next 53rd-ranked Danielle Collins knocked off Scholl 6-2, 6-3, on court two to give Virginia a 2-1 advantage.

Virginia went ahead 3-1, after a 7-5, 6-4 win on court four as 107th-ranked Nauta took down Duke’s 42nd-ranked Mar. The Blue Devils started to mount a comeback led by 20th-ranked Goldfeld as she claimed a 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 win against 39th-ranked Pierson on court three.

At about the same time with Duke needing two wins to clinch the victory, Blue Devils’ 115th-ranked Marianne Jodoin came back from dropping the first set 7-5 to win the second set 6-4 on court six against Marie Faure. On court one, third-ranked Capra held a 5-4 lead in the second set versus fourth-ranked Elbaba, after falling in the first set 7-5.

Elbaba would make a comeback on the first court to clinch the team victory for Virginia with a 7-5, 7-5 win against Capra. Jodoin also lost on court six 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, to give the Cavaliers a 5-2 win.

No. 6 North Carolina 6, No. 62 Boston College 1

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sixth-ranked North Carolina had little trouble with Boston College on Friday afternoon, winning 6-1 in the ACC opener for both clubs from the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

North Carolina (9-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) cruised in doubles to take a 1-0 lead. Jamie Loeb and Ashley Dai won 8-1 at No. 2 singles. Teammates Caroline Price and Whitney Kay finished about 20 seconds later with an 8-3 victory to clinch the first point of the match.

Kate Vialle continued her fine play, winning 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles. Moments later, Caroline Price did the same at No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-1, victory.

Top-ranked Jamie Loeb prevailed in a tough match at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-4, to clinch the match for the Tar Heels.

Eighth-ranked Hayley Carter fell behind 0-5 in the opening set at No. 2 singles, but rallied to win 7-5. She continued that momentum with a 6-1 win in the second set for the victory.

Tessa Lyons was next to finish at No. 6 singles, earning a come-from-behind victory 2-6, 6-2, 10-4.