April 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Coming off an SEC championship and a pair of wins over top-10 teams over the weekend, the Georgia men’s tennis team shot up two spots to No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Tuesday afternoon. Georgia was last ranked No. 2 on Feb. 24, 2009.
Georgia (23-2) has now been ranked in the top-10 in all 14 team polls of 2012 and has fallen inside the top-5 the last seven weeks.
Three-time defending NCAA champion Southern Cal remained No. 1, followed by Georgia, Ohio State, Virginia, and UCLA to round out this week’s top five. The Southeastern Conference has three teams in the top-10 in Georgia, Kentucky (6), and Mississippi State (9), while Florida (11), Ole Miss (13), Auburn (15), and Tennessee (16) fall in the top 20.
Individually, the Bulldogs are led by Wil Spencer at No. 10 in the singles poll this week, followed by KU Singh (23), Sadio Doumbia (32), Ignacio Taboada (49), and Hernus Pieters (52). In doubles, Georgia has five ranked teams including the duos of Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux (32), Doumbia and Taboada (35), Pasha and Taboada (40), Pieters and Taboada (41), and Pasha and Doumbia (61).
Georgia captured its 34th SEC title this weekend in Starkville, Miss., registering wins over No. 17 Auburn, No. 9 Mississippi State, and No. 6 Kentucky for its eighth tournament crown. The Bulldogs will await their place in the NCAA field of 64 to be announced on Tues., May 1 at 5 p.m. in a live stream on NCAA.com.