Portland, Ore. -- Junior Maho Kowase fell in the finals of the USTA Collegiate Invitational Wildcard Shoot-Out Sunday, losing 10-4 to Brooke Austin.
Sophomore Lauren Herring advanced to the semi-finals, but lost to Austin, 10-8.
"Everyone played some good matches this weekend and it was another good fall experience for us," said head coach Jeff Wallace. "Lauren ran into a really good player in Brooke Austin who played fantastic, and then Maho lost to her in the finals. I thought our team played well all weekend and we learned a lot. We're looking forward to getting out last fall tournament under are belt next weekend."
Earlier Sunday during the last round singles pool play, Kowase and Herring clinched their spots in the Wildcard Shoot-Out. Kowase beat Kimberly Yee, 6-1, 6-2 and Herring knocked off Sarah Lee of Michigan, 7-6 (8), 6-2. Both Bulldogs finished undefeated on the weekend in full-length singles matches. Junior Kate Fuller and freshman Makenzie Craft both fell in their final singles matches Sunday. Fuller finished the weekend 2-1. Craft finished 1-2-both of her losses came in three-set matches.
Kowase and Herring finished first in their respective pools and advanced to the Wild Card Shoot-Out portion of the tournament. The shoot-out consisted of three elimination rounds of ten-point sets among the eight pool play winners. Herring knocked off Washington's Grace Ysidora 10-6 in the quarterfinals, before falling in the semifinals. After surviving two match points, Kowase topped UCLA's Chanelle Van Nguyen 12-10 in the quarterfinals and beat UCLA's Kyle McPhillips 10-6 in the semifinals before falling to Austin in the finals.
The Bulldogs will return to action next weekend with the USTA/ITA National Championships in New York and the Jack Kramer Club Invite in Los Angeles.
M. Kowase (Georgia) defeated K. Yee (USTA), 6-1, 6-2
B. Austin (USTA) defeated K. Fuller (Georgia), 6-2, 6-4
L. Herring (Georgia) defeated S. Lee (Michigan), 7-6(8), 6-2
G. Ysidora (Washington) defeated M. Craft (Georgia), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
USTA WILDCARD SHOOT-OUT
L. Herring (Georgia) defeated G. Ysidora (Washington), 10-6
M. Kowase (Georgia) defeated C. Van Nguyen (UCLA), 12-10
M. Kowase (Georgia) defeated K. McPhillips (UCLA), 10-6
B. Austin (USTA) defeated L. Herring (Georgia), 10-8
B. Austin (USTA) defeated M. Kowase (Georgia), 10-4
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