March 28, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Following a three-win week that included an upset over second-ranked Ohio State as well as wins over SEC rivals Arkansas and LSU, the Georgia men’s tennis team (16-1, 6-0) rose one spot to No. 3 in the latest edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) weekly poll released late Tuesday.
Three-time defending NCAA champion Southern Cal remained No. 1, while Ohio State stayed at No. 2 despite the loss to the Bulldogs. Georgia, Virginia, and UCLA rounded out the top five while Duke, Pepperdine, Stanford, Kentucky, and Mississippi State make up the rest of this week’s top-10.
The Bulldogs have now been inside the top five in eight of 10 polls in 2012, while the No. 3 ranking ties Georgia’s highest mark of the season.
Individually, Georgia has five players in the singles poll as well as five ranked doubles teams. Senior Wil Spencer continues to lead the way at No. 8 in the singles rankings, followed by Sadio Doumbia at No. 24, KU Singh at a career-high No. 32, Ignacio Taboada at No. 33, and Hernus Pieters at No. 62.
In doubles, Georgia’s team of Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux sits at No. 14 this week, followed by Doumbia and Taboada at No. 23, Pieters and Taboada at No. 34, Doumbia and Nathan Pasha at No. 59, and Doumbia and Pieters at No. 68.
Georgia will take on the ninth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats this Friday night at 5 p.m. in Athens. In all, the Southeastern Conference makes up three of the top-10 teams and seven of the top 20.