Fourth-seeded Georgia beat No. 13 Clemson 4-2 on Friday to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs (24-3) will take on the winner of Southern California and Stanford at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It will be Georgia’s 21st quarterfinal appearance. “It was a great match,” Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said in a release. “I thought Clemson played the best doubles point against us of the season. I was really impressed with how we responded in singles. I knew (after the break) that our players were ready to give it everything that they had. We got off to good starts on pretty much every court and I felt like our players fought hard and kept their composure. In doubles, the nation’s top-ranked pair of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia dropped only its third match of the season, falling to Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya, 8-3. Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase evened the doubles point with an 8-3 win over Romy Koelzer and Tristen Dewar, but the Tigers clinched the doubles point when Liz Jeukeng and Ani Miao beat Lilly Kimbell and Mia King, 8-1. Herring, ranked sixth in the country, dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision to No. 16 Yana Koroleva. The loss snaps Herring’s eight-match winning streak. Shortly after, Fuller beat Romy Koelzer, 6-4, 6-1. The win is Fuller’s third in a row and 31st of the season. No. 104 Garcia evened the score with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 40 Gumulya, handing Gumulya her first loss since March 3rd. Garcia also avenged a two-set loss to Gumulya in February. King put Georgia up 3-2, outlasting Tristen Dewar, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. The win is King’s fifth in a row. Kowase, ranked 19th in the country, punched Georgia’s ticket to the quarterfinals, winning a tightly contested 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2). Kowase was broken to being the set, but fought back and got two consecutive breaks to seal victory.