"After the first set, we wanted to come back and fight hard, and we did, but we fell short in the tiebreaker," said Gilchrist. "We wanted to keep the ball low and hit more shots in the middle because we didn't do that enough in the first set. We did a much better job of that in the second set, and we had some chances to win that one."
The Tennessee pair set the tone with a service break in the opening game of the match on Gilchrist. Then, they did it again with Gullickson serving and held to race out to a 4-0 lead. They won another love game to take the first set.
Georgia's eighth-ranked duo made some adjustments and neither team could hold serve through the first four games. Gullickson held serve in the fifth game to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the match and later, they picked up a break on Pluskota for a 6-5 advantage. Tennessee's top-seeded tandem saved three set points and eventually forced a tiebreaker.
The Volunteers had six match points in the tiebreaker while Georgia had three additional chances to force a third set as it took 24 points to decide. Tennessee's duo prevailed 13-11.
The Gullickson/Gilchrist team end the season with a record of 25-7. They earned All-America honors by virtue of their seed in the NCAA Tournament along with reaching the semifinals.
"Chelsey and I developed as a team, teammates and friends this season," Gilchrist added. "I think we had a good year, we improved, and I want to thank Chelsey for that. She helped me a lot, and she always stayed positive during our matches. I will be here cheering for her Monday in the singles final."
On Monday, Gullickson will play for the NCAA singles title at 2 p.m. against California's Jana Juricova.
Live scoring and live video of each match at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex will be available at the tournament central page. Tickets are available at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.