April 16, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men’s tennis team will take a season-best No. 2 national ranking with it when the squad competes in the 2013 SEC Championships this week in Oxford, Miss. The Bulldogs jumped one spot in the latest edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Tuesday afternoon.
Virginia continues to lead the way at No. 1, followed by Georgia, UCLA, Southern Cal, and Ohio State atop the list.
There were also new singles and doubles polls released today, and senior KU Singh continues to lead the way for UGA with his season-best No. 6 ranking in singles. Behind him, sophomore Nathan Pasha came in at No. 46 and freshman Ben Wagland was close behind at a career-best No. 53. Junior Hernus Pieters cracked the poll at No. 125. In doubles, Georgia’s team of Wagland and Pieters is currently No. 6 in the nation, followed by the team of Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux at No. 23.
The Southeastern Conference once again dominated the national ranking, as there are four SEC schools in the top 10 this week and 11 in the top 25. The Bulldogs were last No. 2 in the country on April 24, 2012. Georgia has been ranked inside the top-five for five of the last six weeks.
The Bulldogs are bound for the tournament as the top seed after claiming the SEC regular-season championship with their 11-1 conference record in addition to a 19-4 mark overall. Winners of 10 in a row, Georgia received a bye into the quarterfinals, where it will meet the winner of the No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Mississippi State match on Fri., April 16 at 7 p.m. ET. The semifinals are set for Saturday and the final Sunday.