No. 5 Virginia Suffers Road Loss at Georgia

No. 12 Georgia edged No. 5 Virginia 4-3 in non-conference women’s tennis action Wednesday (March 12) at Dan Magill Tennis Complex, site of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Virginia falls to 9-4 with the loss.

Freshman Rachel Pierson and sophomores Maci Epstein and Danielle Collins posted singles wins in the loss for Virginia.

The Bulldogs won the doubles point with victories at Nos. 2 and 1. No. 36 Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia defeated No. 41 Epstein and Stephanie Nauta 8-4 on court two and No. 3 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase beat No. 9 Julia Elbaba and Pierson 8-6 on court one.

Pierson tied the score at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over No. 45 Lilly Kimbell on court four. No. 10 Herring regained the lead for Georgia with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Elbaba on court one. No. 15 Garcia rallied in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over No. 47 Nauta on court three, but Virginia tied the match at 2-2 with Epstein’s 6-2, 6-4 win over Fuller on court five.

No. 67 Collins earned a hard-fought 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 win over No. 21 Kowase on court two, but Mia King clinched the Georgia win with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Li Xi on court six.

The Cavaliers return to action at No. 13 Michigan on Friday, March 14.

#12 Georgia 4, #5 Virginia 3
Doubles:
1. #3 Herring/Kowase (UGA) def. #7 Elbaba/Pierson (UVa) 8-6
2. #36 Fuller/Garcia (UGA) def. Epstein/Nauta (UVa) 8-4
3. Collins/Xi (UVa) vs. Kimbell/Brinson (UGA) 7-4, DNF
Singles:
1. #10 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #3 Julia Elbaba (UVa) 6-4, 6-4
2. #67 Danielle Collins (UVa) def. #21 Maho Kowase (UGA) 7-6, 2-6, 6-4
3. #15 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. #47 Stephanie Nauta (UVa) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
4. #55 Rachel Pierson (UVa) def. #45 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) 6-1, 6-1
5. Maci Epstein (UVa) def. Kate Fuller (UGA) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mia King (UGA) def. Li Xi (UVa) 7-6, 6-2


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