Wil Spencer starts the 2012 season ranked No. 3 in singles and No. 8 in doubles.
Jan. 3, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia men’s tennis senior Wil Spencer came in at No. 3 in the singles rankings in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Jan. 3, highlighting a strong Bulldog showing that includes two players in the singles top-10 and seven ranked individually in either singles or doubles.
Meanwhile, Georgia – which reached the NCAA semifinals last May in Palo Alto, Calif. – will start the 2012 season ranked No. 4 as a team.
Southern California, Virginia, and Ohio State took the top three spots, respectively.
Spencer had an impressive fall that saw him go 17-2 including 12 wins over ranked opponents on his way to capturing the 2011 Southern Intercollegiate singles championship and winning the consolation draw of the ITA National Indoors. He also reached the finals of the ITA All-American Championships and most recently helped the United States to a 4-3 win over France to win the Master’U BNP Paribas title in Rouen, France.
In doubles, the team of Spencer and sophomore Garrett Brasseaux were tabbed No. 8 after the pair reached the final of the ITA Southeast Regional in Athens in October. Doumbia and Taboada are ranked just behind at No. 9 while Doumbia is also ranked No. 53 with freshman Nathan Pasha.
The Bulldogs ended the 2011 season ranked No. 5 in the poll after going 24-6 on the year and advancing to the NCAA Final Four for the fifth time in six seasons.
Georgia is the highest of the 10 ranked teams from the Southeastern Conference, followed by Kentucky (7), Florida (8), Tennessee (13), Mississippi State (16), Auburn (21), Ole Miss (24), LSU (33), Vanderbilt (37), and Alabama (51).
The Bulldogs open the spring portion of the season with the SEC Coaches Indoor Championships set for Jan. 13-16 in Lexington, Ky.