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No. 6 Georgia Outlasts Clemson in NCAA Second Round

No. 6 Georgia Outlasts Clemson in NCAA Second Round

May 12, 2012

Photo Gallery Exclusive: Bek’s Drive Nearly Leads Tigers to Upset

ATHENS, GA – Clemson fought for 5 hours and 22 minutes and gave No. 6 Georgia all they could handle, but the Bulldogs (23-4) held on for a 4-3 win over No. 24 Clemson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Athens, GA. Clemson (16-10) trailed, 3-0, in the match before winning three straight singles matches to send the decision to court three. But Clemson came up on the short end in three sets. “I’m really proud of how we fought today against a very tough Georgia team,” said Head Coach Romy Kölzer on six (7-5). Bek dropped the first set in her match, and needed to flip the decision to give Clemson a chance. She did just that. While Kölzer closed her match, 7-5, 7-5 against Lilly Kimbell, Bek forced a third set against Gilchrist. The Tiger senior was in vintage form as she rallied for the three-set win, cementing her atop the all-time wins list. Gumulya, meanwhile, had her hands full with SEC Freshman of the Year, No. 70 Lauren Herring on four. Though she won the first set, the Bulldog freshman battled back to force a third set with a 6-1 win in the second on several unforced errors from Gumulya. However, Gumulya turned it around in the third set, winning 6-1 and moving around Herring, who was fighting an arm injury. It was the 11th straight win to finish the season for Gumulya, and the 13th in her last 14 to close down the season. She won 22 of her last 24 sets, and picked up three top-100 wins during the stretch, finishing 16-6 overall in singles. With the score now tied at 3-3, the match came down to Vyskocilova and Kowase. The match was almost mirrored, as Vyskocilova tallied 11 of the first 13 games, and Kowase took 11 of the final 12 games in the three-set win, which had everyone’s attention. Clemson’s All-ACC talent fell to the Bulldog’s first-team All-SEC selection, and closed her season at 24-10 overall. Bek and Wong will play next week in the NCAA Doubles Championships, also taking place in Athens, GA. Wong also earned a bid to the singles portion of the tournament. Draws for those will be announced after the conclusion of the team tournament. #6 Georgia 4, #24 Clemson 3 Singles competition 1. #7 Chelsey Gullickson (UG) def. #46 Keri Wong (CLEM) 6-0, 6-22. Jospia Bek (CLEM) def. Nadja Gilchrist (UG) 4-6, 6-2, 6-33. #58 Maho Kowase (UG) def. #77 Klara Vyskocilova (CLEM) 0-6, 7-5, 6-14. Beatrice Gumulya (CLEM) def. #70 Lauren Herring (UG) 7-6 (7-1), 1-6, 6-15. #96 Kate Fuller (UG) def. Nelly Ciolkowski (CLEM) 6-2, 6-26. Romy Kolzer (CLEM) def. Lilly Kimbell (UG) 7-5, 7-5Doubles competition 1. #46 Kate Fuller/Nadja Gilchrist (UG) vs. #12 Jospia Bek/Keri Wong (CLEM) 6-5, unfinished2. Chelsey Gullickson/Lauren Herring (UG) def. Beatrice Gumulya/Klara Vyskocilova (CLEM) 8-63. Lilly Kimbell/Maho Kowase (UG) def. Monika Kochanova/Romy Kolzer (CLEM) 8-6Match Notes:Clemson 16-10; National ranking #24Georgia 23-4; National ranking #6Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)Official: Jim Russell  T-5:20  A-413