Kowalski Qualifies For ITA All-America Championships
SOURCE: GEORGIA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
Georgia sophomore Meg Kowalski made it through qualifying Tuesday to earn a spot in the main draw the ITA All-America Championships and becomes the third Bulldog in the field.
Kowalski, ranked 69th nationally, joins teammates Marta Gonzalez and Vivian Wolff in the elite group of 64 that begins play Wednesday on the University of Tulsa campus. On Tuesday, Kowalski breezed past California freshman Erin Richardson 6-1,6-2. The ITA ranks Richardson No. 10 among the nation’s top freshmen/newcomers. Kowalski, now 2-0, is making her fall debut at this tournament. She earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors last season after going 25-1.
Gonzalez is ranked 13th nationally and enters the tournament with an 8-2 record this fall. Wolff is 6-4 this fall and ranked 37th. Wolff and senior Elena Christofi are in the doubles main draw and are ranked 19th nationally with a 3-2 record. The women’s singles quarterfinalists, consolation finalists, plus the doubles semifinalists and consolation finalists will earn automatic entry into the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships slated for Nov. 6-10 in Newport Beach, Calif.
In consolation action, Georgia junior Morgan Coppoc defeated Victoria Allen (Florida State) 4-6,6-4,6-2. Earlier in the day, Coppoc was set to face Polina Kozyreva (Syracuse), and she advanced via default. Coppoc is 9-2 this fall. Kowalski and Coppoc played in the qualifying double draw and fell one victory short of the main draw. After winning two matches Monday, they dropped an 8-5 decision to the N.C. State pair of Jaeda Daniel and Adriana Reami.
ITA All-America Championships –Qualifying, Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 8
#69 Meg Kowalski (Georgia) def. Erin Richardson (California) 6-1,6-2
Daniel/Reami (N.C.State) def.Coppoc/Kowalski (Georgia) 8-5
Morgan Coppoc (Georgia) advanced via default over Polina Kozyreva (Syracuse)
Coppoc (Georgia) def. Victoria Allen (Fla. State) 4-6,6-4,6-2