April 10, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The third-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team - winners of eight matches in a row and 12 of the last 13 - will conclude the 2013 regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend. The Bulldogs (17-4, 9-1) will host Auburn Friday night at 5 p.m. and Alabama Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Live scoring, video, and the Georgia Tennis Live Chat will be available for both matches on Georgiadogs.com as the Bulldogs look to finish strong, having already secured the regular-season SEC title outright.
Matches are open to the public and admission is free.
LOOKING AT THE TIGERS: Auburn (13-7, 5-5 SEC) enters at No. 18 this week after posting a 4-3 win over 12th-ranked Texas A&M last time out.
The Tigers are led by a trio of players in the ITA singles poll this week, including No. 28 Andreas Mies, No. 115 Daniel Cochrane, and No. 122 Lukas Ollert. In doubles, the team of Mies and Cochrane ranks No. 3 in the nation. The team of Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso is currently No. 48.
Georgia is 50-4 all-time vs. Auburn, including last season’s 6-1 win in the regular season and 4-0 victory at the SEC Tournament.
LOOKING AT THE CRIMSON TIDE: No. 33 Alabama enters the final weekend at 12-10 (3-7 SEC) after a 4-1 loss to TAMU Sunday.
The Tide are led by a pair of players in the singles rankings - No. 79 Jarryd Botha and No. 98 Becker O’Shaughnessey. In doubles, the team of Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra is No. 30 while the team of O’Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura is No. 58.
Georgia owns a 50-6 all-time mark vs. Alabama including a 5-2 win at home last season.
GEORGIA CLINCHES SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Georgia used a road win over Arkansas Sunday to clinch the 2013 Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. The Bulldogs defeated the No. 53 Razorbacks 4-1 at the Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville, securing a 35th overall conference title and the program’s 27th regular-season crown - the most of any SEC school.
For head coach Manuel Diaz, it is the 22nd SEC championship in 25 seasons as Georgia’s head coach (14 regular season, eight tournament). Diaz also won four titles as a player and three as an assistant coach for a total of 29.
Georgia has won eight SEC championships in the last eight years counting both regular-season and tournament crowns.
IN THE RANKINGS: The Georgia men’s tennis team jumped back to No. 3 this week in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings after spending one week at No. 4. The Bulldogs (17-4, 9-1) – winners of eight matches in a row – clinched their 35th overall Southeastern Conference championship Sunday after two wins over the weekend on the road at LSU and Arkansas.
Individually, senior KU Singh is No. 7 in the singles poll this week followed by sophomore Nathan Pasha at No. 44, freshman Ben Wagland at No. 64, and junior Hernus Pieters at No. 121. In doubles, the team of Pieters and Wagland is No. 5 followed by Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux at No. 24 and Pasha and Singh at No. 73.
The SEC is well-represented in the team poll this week, as the league currently occupies 10 of the top-20 spots and four of the top-10. Behind third-ranked Georgia, Ole Miss came in at No. 6, Kentucky at No. 8, Tennessee at No. 10, Mississippi State at No. 11, Vanderbilt at No. 13, Texas A&M at No. 14, Florida at No. 17, Auburn at No. 18, and LSU at No. 20.
ON DECK: The Bulldogs will head to the 2013 SEC Championships set for April 17-21 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, Miss., trying to sweep both the conference regular-season and tournament titles for the seventh time in school history and first since 2007.