Georgia and North Carolina Reach ITA Women's Team Indoor Final; Ohio State Men Win 200th Straight Home Match; Maria Downs Chirico for Dow Corning Tennis Classic Title
The finals are set for the ITA Women's Team Indoor, with No. 8 seed Georgia and No. 3 seed North Carolina advancing to Monday's championship match.
Georgia defeated No. 5 seed Cal 4-2, earning the doubles point and getting three singles wins from freshman Kennedy Shaffer at 3, and sophomore Caroline Brinson at 6, with freshman Hannah King clinching for the second day in a row at 5. This is Georgia's first trip to the Team Indoor finals since 2009, where they lost to Northwestern 4-1. The Bulldogs last won the Team Indoor title in 2002. The recap from the school's website is here.
#9 Georgia 4, #5 Cal 2
Feb 8, 2015
1. #5 Maegen Manasse (CAL) vs. #19 Lauren Herring (UGA) 7-6, 2-4, unfinished
2. #78 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-2, 6-2
3. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. #14 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) 6-3, 6-4
4. #64 Denise Starr (CAL) def. #83 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 6-3, 7-5
5. #91 Hannah King (UGA) def. #30 Karla Popovic (CAL) 7-5, 6-3
6. Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Cecilia Estlander (CAL) 6-2, 6-4
1. #4 Maegen Manasse/Denise Starr (CAL) def. Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-3
2. Silvia Garcia/Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. #9 Klara Fabikova/Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) 6-3
3. Hannah King/Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Stephane Lin/Karla Popovic (CAL) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,3,6,4,5)
While Georgia has had a dry spell as far as the Team Indoor goes, their opponent in the final, No. 3 seed North Carolina, won the championship just two years ago, also at the Boars Head Sport Club in Charlottesville, defeating UCLA 4-3. Freshman Whitney Kay and sophomore Caroline Price played in that final, both collecting wins, with Kay securing the championship for the Tar Heels, their first national team title, with a third-set tiebreaker victory. Both posted singles victories today in North Carolina's 4-0 win over No. 2 seed Florida, which was closer than the score might indicate. Florida, who had mounted two impressive comebacks over Clemson and host Virginia in the first two rounds, were forced to complete without their No. 2 player, freshman Josie Kuhlman, who was out with an illness.
North Carolina won the doubles point, and Price quickly made it 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Belinda Woolcock at No. 3. North Carolina had won five first sets in the singles, but even short-handed, Florida wasn't to be taken lightly, given their comebacks the past two days. Florida forced third sets at No. 1 and No. 2, but the deficit was just too great for the Gators. Kay closed out Peggy Porter at No. 4 and moments later, Ashley Dai, the only Tar Heel to lose the opening set, clinched the win, beating Kourtney Keegan 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5. For more on the North Carolina victory, click here.
#3 North Carolina 4, #2 Florida 0
Feb 8, 2015
1. #6 Brooke Austin (UF) vs. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) 6-7(3), 7-5, 2-2, unfinished
2. #9 Brianna Morgan (UF) vs. #31 Hayley Carter (NC) 3-6, 6-4, 1-3, unfinished
3. #22 Caroline Price (NC) def. #11 Belinda Woolcock (UF) 6-1, 6-1
4. Whitney Kay (NC) def. #43 Peggy Porter (UF) 7-6(2), 7-6(4)
5. Ashley Dai (NC) def. #40 Kourtney Keegan (UF) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. #26 Spencer Liang (UF) vs. Kate Vialle (NC) 5-7, 5-5, unfinished
1. #7 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. #13 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) 6-1
2. Jamie Loeb/Caroline Price (NC) def. #17 Brianna Morgan/Belinda Woolcock (UF) 6-4
3. Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) def. #25 Spencer Liang/Peggy Porter (UF) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,5)