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Hello from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, where we're well into the first day of the NCAA women's tennis championships.
The match between No. 6 seed Georgia and No. 11 seed Texas just got the doubles underway.
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/17/2012 at 3:12 PM
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There are three doubles matches being played right now. The way it works is that the best 2-of-3 doubles earns the first point of the match (which is best of seven, including six singles to be played later)
UGA is off to a fast start, leading 3-0 at No. 3 doubles and 2-1 at No. 1 doubles
Lineups for UGA v TEXAS are as follows (with national rankings) ...
1 -- #46 Fuller/Gilchrist (UGA) vs Padegimaite/Scott (TEXAS)
2 -- Gullickson/Herring (UGA) vs Damico/Gaytan-Leach (TEXAS)
3 -- Kimbell/Kowase (UGA) vs Begley/Ellis (TEXAS)
1 -- #7 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) vs #40 Aeriel Ellis (TEXAS)
2 -- Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) vs #68 Krista Damico (TEXAS)
3 -- #58 Maho Kowase (UGA) vs Lind Padegimaite (TEXAS)
4 -- #70 Lauren Herring (UGA) vs Noel Scott (TEXAS)
5 -- #96 Kate Fuller (UGA) vs Cierra Gaytan-Leach (TEXAS)
6 -- Lilly Kimbell (UGA) vs Elizabeth Begley (TEXAS)
UGA now with a 3-1 lead in all three doubles matches.
NCAA doubles matches are played as one pro set to 8 (must win by two games)
Dogs still in good shape in doubles, leading 5-3 at No. 2, 4-1 at No. 3 and 4-3 at No. 1
UGA leads by at least three games in all three matches. Only a matter of time now before this is settled.
Fuller/Gilchrist finish off win at No. 1 -- 8-3
And seconds later, Gullickson/Herring convert a match point at No. 2 for 8-4 win
UGA takes doubles point and 1-0 lead in the team match.
Singles up now ... Two of three sets for that
Singles underway now. UGA just needs to win three of the six matches ongoing and is out to an early lead on five of the six courts.
Looking like Texas won't have enough today, but it's still pretty early.
Georgia out to 4-0 leads in first set at No. 4 and No. 6 singles. As of now, Dogs trail in only one of the six singles matches.
UGA wins the first set at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, leads in all six matches right now.
Far more interesting is what is going on at the McWhorter courts, where 3 seed Duke is down a match and in a dogfight with 14 seed Virginia for the doubles point.
UGA (assuming it puts Texas away) gets the winner of this in quarterfinals.
Virginia just took doubles point from Duke. Upset brewing that could really help UGA, but still a ways to go.
Dogs cruising in their match still, having taken first set in five of six singles matches (and up 5-4 in the other)
Most troubling sign for UGA right now may be the dark clouds rolling into the area, bringing a few rumbles of thunder with them.
And here comes the rain, stopping play with UGA well in control during singles ...
Matches stand as follows for break ...
#1 -- 6-4, 3-1
#2 -- 6-4, 4-1
#3 -- 7-5, 2-0
#4 -- 6-3, 4-2
#5 -- 6-1, 3-4
#6 -- 6-4, 1-4
Dogs only need to win three of them to clinch the victory and advance to quarterfinals.
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/17/2012 at 5:14 PM
Just a quick downpour, but a hard one.
Less than 10 minutes of rain will still lead to a long stoppage. These are hard courts and they will take a while to dry.
Nevermind. It's still raining. Hard.
And the sun is out.
Rain still falling. No end to the delay in sight, unfortunately.
And now we're told that the UGA match is moving indoors ... No word yet on Duke-Virginia ...
Kind of a funny moment as Florida's coach, who clearly doesn't want to play indoors in tonight's late match, is actually running a squigee (sp?) over the court on his own right now.
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/17/2012 at 5:56 PM
Only four indoor courts, so 1-4 singles set to resume for UGA and Texas. Dogs up a set in all of them and only need to finish off three of them to clinch the match, so this could be quick.
Nadja Gilchrist is first to finish line for UGA, winning No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-2
UGA 2, Texas 0
Lauren Herring is next at No. 4 singles, winning 6-3, 6-3.
UGA leads 3-0 and just needs one more.
And that's it.
Maho Kowase wins No. 3 singles 7-5,6-1 to clinch match.
UGA advances to Saturday's quarterfinals
Final: Georgia 4, Texas 0
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/17/2012 at 6:45 PM
It took a while, but Duke took control in singles to beat Virginia 4-1
So #6 seed UGA will face #3 seed Duke at 4 p.m. Saturday.
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/17/2012 at 9:53 PM
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