Georgia Collects Four Southeast Region Honors
Wil Spencer is the 2012 ITA Southeast Region Senior of the Year

May 14, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. --- Four members of the Georgia men’s tennis team received ITA Southeast Region honors for their performances during the 2011-12 season, the organization announced Monday.

Head coach Manuel Diaz – now in his 24th season at the helm of the Bulldogs – collected the sixth Wilson/ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor of his career, while Will Glenn earned his second Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year award since 2010.

Meanwhile, Wil Spencer was named the region’s Senior of the Year and freshman Nathan Pasha earned Rookie of the Year honors. All regional award winners are automatically eligible for the national award in their respective categories, which will be announced on May 22 during the NCAA Championships in Athens.

Diaz and Glenn led Georgia to a 20-2 regular season and the program’s eighth SEC Tournament title in 2012, while Diaz collected the 550th win of his career this season vs. Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs reached the semifinals of the ITA National Indoors in Charlottesville, Va., and have gone 12-2 against the ITA top-25 this season.

Spencer has held down the No. 1 singles position for the Bulldogs for the second straight season, posting an overall record of 30-11 with a team-high 19 wins over ranked opponents. Spencer was also honored by the ITA in 2011, as he took home the Southeast Region’s Arthur Ashe/Osuna Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship.

Pasha won the SEC Freshman of the Week award four times this season, currently 32-8 overall, 21-2 in dual matches, and 14-1 at No. 6 singles.

Georgia men’s tennis is on its way to its ninth consecutive NCAA round of 16, set to take on 15th-seeded North Carolina this Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.



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