Katarina Jokic Grabs No. 1 Final ITA Singles Ranking

SOURCE: UGA ATHLETICS

The prolonged success of sophomore Katarina Jokic during the 2018-19 collegiate women’s tennis season awarded the Bulldog with the No. 1 ITA singles ranking in the final poll Wednesday afternoon.

Additionally, junior Marta Gonzalez, sophomore Vivian Wolff, and freshmen Lourdes Carle and Meg Kolwaski earned singles rankings. In doubles, Jokic and Carle along with Wolff and junior Elena Christofi ended the season with national rankings.

Jokic, of Novi Grad, Bosnia, becomes just the second Georgia women’s tennis player in program history to conclude the season in the top spot of the singles rankings. Previously, Marissa Catlin finished the 1998 season with the No. 1 singles rankings.

Of the two most prestigious singles events of the collegiate season – the NCAA Championships and the ITA National Fall Championships – Jokic reached the finals of both, including winning the latter. No other player in the country reached the quarterfinals of both. Extending the cutoff to the round of 16 is when four players join Jokic in each of the two events.

The Bulldog concluded the season with a 26-6 overall singles record, including a 21-5 mark against ranked opponents. In the team dual season, she went 11-4 playing exclusively on court one. Jokic was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships after going 4-0 and clinching the final two matches to secure Georgia’s sixth all-time team title. At the final site of the NCAA Championships, Jokic defeated her opponent in the quarterfinals and semifinals to aid the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2000.

A day after the NCAA Team Championship, Jokic began her run in the NCAA Singles Championships and then also started competition in the NCAA Doubles Championships simultaneously a day later. Collectively in Orlando between the team competition and the individual competitions, Jokic played 15 matches in nine days and went 11-3 overall.

In doubles, Carle and Jokic received a final ranking of No. 11 after making the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships. The duo defeated eight ranked opponents in their last 12 matches together. Playing exclusively at No. 1 doubles in the dual season, Jokic/Carle went 14-8 with nine ranked wins.

Four more Bulldogs followed Jokic in the singles rankings. The five total ranked players marks the sixth-straight year that Georgia has had at least four singles players in the final poll.

Gonzalez, of Madrid, Spain, obtained the No. 24 ranking after a 24-14 campaign that set a new career-high win total. The junior joined Jokic with bids into both of the grand slam singles tournaments. She was named First Team All-Southeast Conference, her highest conference honor to date.

With a breakout season, Wolff, finished No. 64 in ITA singles and No. 57 in doubles with Christofi. The Frankfurt, Germany native led the team in total wins with a 32-3 singles record and a 23-8 doubles mark. Furthermore, she displayed much of her success in the dual season, going 24-1 and 18-7 in the two categories, respectively.

Right behind Wolff was Carle, of Daireaux, Argentina, at No. 66 in the singles rankings. She was named Second Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team, while finishing with seven ranked wins among her 23-9 overall record. The No. 3 singles player for Georgia went 9-0 in the conference.

SEC Freshman of the Year Meg Kowalski rounds out Georgia’s contingents in the ITA singles rankings at No. 108. In the NCAA Tournament, the Chicago native went 5-0 including clinches against Alabama State, Wake Forest and Duke. Overall, she finished with a 25-1 record with 21 coming in dual season and an undefeated 8-0 mark in SEC duals.

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