April 29, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men's tennis team (16-7) received the No. 10 overall seed and was named one of 16 hosts for the upcoming first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, it was announced Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs will welcome Jacksonville State, NC State, and Oregon to Athens for regional round action May 10-11, with Georgia to square off against JSU in the first round.
Georgia and Jacksonville State will meet on Sat., May 10 at 1 p.m., while NC State and Oregon will face off at 10 a.m. that day. The winners will play one another in the second round on Sun., May 11 at 1 p.m. The later rounds as well as the individual singles and doubles tournaments will be held in Athens at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex May 15-26. Georgia is hosting the championships a record 31st time.
"We are certainly excited about all the great tennis that's going to be played here in Athens," said 26th-year head coach Manuel Diaz. "To host the regional is a feather in our camp. We were sort of anticipating the No. 10 seed. I thought we had a great regular season, but we had more losses than in recent years. There are so many great teams capable of winning the championship, and I believe we are one of them. It won't be easy for any of us. We really have to focus now, not on the round of 16 draw, but on the regional. You can't get to the final-16 site if you don't perform your best, period. We've got some fabulous competition coming in, and it should be a great weekend."
The Bulldogs receive an at-large bid into the tournament, winning the 2014 Southeastern Conference regular season title before falling to Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the SEC Championships earlier this month. The Bulldogs are making their 36th overall appearance in the tournament and 31st in a row, entering with a record of 94-30. Georgia reached the NCAA semifinals in 2013, and has reached the finals a total of 13 times. In all, the squad owns six NCAA championships, most recently coming in back-to-back seasons in 2007-08.
Jacksonville State (17-7, 8-1 OVC) earned its fourth bid to the NCAA Championships in program history by virtue of claiming the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference title with a win over Belmont on April 19. The Gamecocks have won six matches in a row and 11 of their last 12.
The UGA women's tennis team was also selected as a regional host - earning the No. 1 overall seed. The Bulldogs will open their tournament run against Elon on Fri., May 9, with Arizona and Florida State also making the trip to Athens.
A full schedule of play is listed below and the draws are available on NCAA.com (as well as attached in PDF format).
The fields for the individual portion of the tournament will be released Wednesday evening.
Live scoring and live video streaming will be available for all matches on Georgiadogs.com, free of charge. The Georgia Tennis Live Chat will be up and running for all UGA matches.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students/youth and will be on sale one hour before the first match each day at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex ticket window.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY (TIMES EASTERN)
Friday, May 9
MATCH 1 (Women): 1 p.m. - Arizona vs. Florida State
MATCH 2 (Women): 4 p.m. - Georgia vs. Elon
Saturday, May 10
MATCH 3 (Men): 10 a.m. - NC State vs. Oregon
MATCH 4 (Men): 1 p.m. - Georgia vs. Jacksonville State
MATCH 5 (Women): 4 p.m. - Winner Match 1 vs. 2
Sunday, May 11
MATCH 6 (Men): 1 p.m. - Winner Match 3 vs. 4