Georgia Opens Outdoor Season Thursday Vs. Tech

Feb. 26, 2014

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men's tennis team (3-5) is set to kick off the outdoor portion of the 2014 season when it plays host to in-state rival and No. 46-ranked Georgia Tech on Thurs., Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The meeting with the Yellow Jackets also serves as the Bulldogs' final tune-up before opening SEC play on Sunday on the road at Tennessee. Georgia aims to get back to its winning ways after suffering three tough losses last time out at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Houston Feb. 14-16.

Live scoring, live video, and the Georgia Tennis Live Chat will all be available at first serve on Georgiadogs.com.

LOOKING AT THE YELLOW JACKETS: No. 46 Georgia Tech enters the match-up at Georgia with an overall record of 6-2, most recently suffering a 6-1 loss in the ACC opener at Florida State on Feb. 22.

Carlos Benito leads the way with 17 singles wins, followed by Nathan Rakitt with 14. The 36th-ranked team of Benito and Eduardo Segura stand at 9-2 to pace Tech in doubles action.

Georgia and Georgia Tech have already gotten a glimpse of one another earlier this spring, as they met in January at the MLK Invitational. No team scores were recorded at that event, although the Bulldogs swept the five contested singles matches.

SERIES HISTORY: Georgia owns a commanding 59-9 all-time record against Tech, most recently coming away with a 5-2 win over the Yellow Jackets last season on the road in Atlanta. Prior to a tight 4-3 loss in 2011, Georgia had won 24 straight matches in the series dating back to 1988. That remains the only Georgia loss to Georgia Tech in the Manuel Diaz era.

LAST TIME OUT: The Georgia men's tennis team had the past week off following ITA National Indoors, where the team went 0-3 while dealing with injuries and a player suspension.

Entering the outdoor portion of the 2014 season, the Bulldogs are led by Nathan Pasha (22 singles wins) and Austin Smith (21 singles wins) in the stat column. Hernus Pieters has won a team-best three matches in a row.

IN THE RANKINGS: The Georgia men's tennis team dropped to No. 35 in the first edition of the computerized ITA poll released this week. The Bulldogs were No. 12 in the previous ranking after opening the season at No. 3 and falling one spot to No. 4 on Feb. 4.

In the singles rankings, Austin Smith is No. 16, followed by Nathan Pasha at No. 30, Ben Wagland at No. 66, Garrett Brasseaux at No. 76, and Nick Wood at No. 100.

In doubles, Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland are ranked No. 14.

The Bulldogs in 2014 returned the top five singles players from last year's squad that reached the NCAA semifinals. UGA finished the 2013 season ranked third after the trip to the "Final Four."

ON DECK: The Bulldogs will open the SEC schedule on Sun., March 2 on the road at Tennessee at 1 p.m. Georgia then returns home for two next weekend, welcoming Mississippi State and Ole Miss on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

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