Elon Women’s Tennis Falls to #4 Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – The Elon University women’s tennis team dropped its opening round match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament Friday, Jan. 24, against the fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 4-0 at the Lindsay Hopkins Indoor Courts.

The Bulldogs took the doubles point by handling the Phoenix on each of the three courts. The pairing of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia swept Taylor Casey and Maria Camara Ruiz 6-0 on court No. 2. They were followed quickly by Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell at No. 3 doubles, as the duo dispatched Bryn Khoury and Viviana Stavreva, 6-1.

Khoury held strong on singles court No. 4 against Fuller, the 33rd-ranked player in the country, as the match turned to singles, but the Bulldogs took control early on each of the remaining courts.

Silvia Garcia, ranked No. 10 in the country, was first off the court with her 6-0, 6-2 win over Frida Jansaker on court No. 2. She was followed shortly after by Maho Kowase, as the 25th-ranked player in the nation worked quickly in beating Barbora Lazarova 6-0, 6-1 on court No. 3.

Lauren Herring, ranked No. 4 in the country, put the Bulldogs in the championship match of the tournament with her win on court No. 1. Herring topped Jordan Johnston 6-0, 6-0.

Khoury’s match went unfinished, but the senior only dropped the first set 6-4 after Fuller picked up a break of Khoury late to clinch the set.

The Phoenix returns to action tomorrow, Jan. 25, in the consolation match of the tournament against No. 55 Kansas State at 5 p.m. The Wildcats fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks earlier today in the first match of the tournament, 4-2.

#4 Georgia 4, #75 Elon 0
1. #4 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #69 Jordan Johnston (ELON) 6-0, 6-0
2. #10 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Frida Jansaker (ELON) 6-0, 6-2
3. #25 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Barbora Lazarova (ELON) 6-1, 6-0
4. #33 Kate Fuller (UGA) vs. Bryn Khoury (ELON) 6-4, 3-0, unfinished
5. Taylor Casey (ELON) vs. #33 Lilly Kimbell (UGA) no result
6. Maria Camara Ruiz (ELON) vs. Mia King (UGA) no result

1. #5 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) vs. Jordan Johnston/Frida Jansaker (ELON) 5-2, unfinished
2. Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Taylor Casey/Maria Camara Ruiz (ELON) 6-0
3. Caroline Brinson/Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Bryn Khoury/Viviana Stavreva (ELON) 6-1

Match Notes:
Elon (0-3); National ranking #75
Georgia (1-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,1)