'Dores Down Georgia 5-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 11 Commodores (18-2, 8-0) recovered after dropping the doubles point to defeat No. 25 Georgia (9-8, 5-3) and maintain their undefeated SEC record.
After falling behind early in all doubles contests, the Bulldogs rallied to take point. VU's Courtney Ulery and Liberty Sveke notched the only Commodore doubles win of the afternoon on a service break against Darya Ivanov and Evengia Subbontia (8-6). The clincher came at No. 2, where Taka Bertrand and Caroline Ferrell dropped a 6-3 lead, to play a tiebreaker against the 'Dogs. UGA won the tiebreaker 7-4 to take the point, putting Georgia up 1-0 going into singles.
Rain forced the match indoors during singles, which seemed to cause the 'Dores to loose momentum on the courts. Amanda Fish, Courtney Ulery, and Caroline Ferrell all dropped first sets.
Following VU sophomore Taka Bertrand's 6-2, 6-2 win over Evengia Subbontia, freshman Courtney Ulery failed to top Kelley Hyndman in the second set, putting Georgia back in the lead (2-1).
Caroline Ferrell completely rebounded from her first set loss (5-7) to Darya Ivanov to hold the Australian native to two games through the second and third set (5-7, 6-1, 6-1).
"I thought a key in the match win was Caroline Ferrell turning around her match. She really stopped a lot of Georgia's momentum," VU Head Coach Geoff Macdonald said.
Maggie Yahner put the 'Dores up 3-2 following her 6-0, 6-1 win over Sara Lett at No. 6.
The clinching match fell to Amanda Taylor at No. 3 for the second time this week. In her first clinching win on Wednesday, Taylor defeated Brook Buck of Notre Dame 7-6(11), 7-6(4). Taylor defeated UGA's Caroline Basu in the first set 6-4, but fell 4-6 in the second. Taylor then decisively shut down the senior out of Wolfsburg, Germany 6-1 in the final set to seal the Commodore victory.
"Even in close situations Amanda Taylor goes for the shots. Under pressure that's a really good thing to have. She's looking to win put pressure on her opponents and that can be extremely helpful," Macdonald said.
Though the match was in the bag, the crowd at the Currey Tennis Center stayed to watch the intense tiebreaker in the final set at No. 1 singles between #20 Amanda Fish and #28 Natalie Frazier. Fish edged out the win after falling 6-4 in the first set, shutting down Frazier 6-0 in the second, and taking the
tiebreaker (2) in the final set.
"All seven players really contributed to the win. Everyone got a win either in doubles or singles. The whole match was an epic prize fight. It was really great tennis," Macdonald said.
The Commodores will play the first of their final three regular season SEC contests on Friday against Florida in Gainesville.
No. 25 VU 5, No. 25 UGA 2
1. #20 Amanda Fish, VU def. #28 Natalie Frazier, UGA 4-6, 6-0, 7-6(2)
2. #40 Taka Bertrand, VU def. Evengia Subbotina, UGA 6-2, 6-2
3. #75 Amanda Taylor, VU def. Kelley Hyndman 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
4. Caroline Basu, UGA def. Courtney Ulery, VU 6-3, 6-4
5. Caroline Ferrell, VU def. Darya Ivanov, UGA 7-5, 6-1, 6-1
6. Maggie Yahner, VU def. Sara Lett, UGA 6-1, 6-0
1. Basu/Frazier, UGA def. Fish/Taylor, VU 8-5
2. #33 Ivanov/Subbontia, UGA def. Bertrand/Ferrel, VU 9-8(4)
3. Ulery/Sveke, VU def. Lett/Hyndman, UGA 8-6