Georgia To Face Duke In Round Of 16
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May 17, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The sixth-seeded Georgia men's tennis team (20-5) will continue its run through the 2011 NCAA Championships with a Round of 16 match-up with Duke on Thurs., May 19 at 12 p.m. ET in Stanford, Calif.

Georgia has now won 21 of its last 23 NCAA Tournament matches dating back to 2007, and this marks the Bulldogs' eighth straight trip to the Round of 16. Georgia advanced out of last weekend's Athens regional with 4-0 wins over Samford and Auburn.

Stanford's Taube Tennis Center has four times been the host site of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, and was the site of the first ever combined men's and women's championship in 2006 - the last time the event found its way to Palo Alto, Calif.

Live scoring will be available on Georgiadogs.com, in addition to the Georgia Tennis Live Chat.

"This was a big goal for our guys," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "[Reaching the Round of 16] was among the top three goals we had this year. Auburn was a big win, and the guys are excited. We're looking forward to going to Stanford and continuing to improve as a team and hopefully making a big splash out there."

GEORGIA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: No. 6-ranked Georgia - the 2011 SEC regular-season champion - is making its 33rd overall appearance in the NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs have reached the final match in three of the last five seasons and are coming off a trip to the national semifinals in 2010.

The Bulldogs have won a total of six NCAA team championships (1985, 1987, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008) which stands second among any school in the modern era. Georgia has the most -- four -- since 1999 of any team in the nation.

The Bulldogs have advanced to the finals a staggering 13 times in the last 26 years and have now moved out of the regional rounds eight years in a row and 11 of 13 times total since the tournament adopted its current format in 1999.

Georgia is now 85-27 all-time in the NCAA Championships.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: Fourteen of the 16 national seeds advanced of the regional rounds, with the upsets coming in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Illinois def. #16 UNC) and Norman, Okla., (Tulsa def. #13 Texas).

The Southeastern Conference and the Pac-10 each had four teams advance to lead the way in that category, followed by three for the ACC, two each for the Big 10 and Big 12, and one for C-USA as Tulsa looks to continue its string of upsets.

The only conference match-up set for the next round is Florida-Kentucky. Should Georgia advance into the quarterfinals, it would meet SEC East rival Tennessee Saturday.

A LOOK AT THE BLUE DEVILS: Duke heads to the West Coast sitting at 22-9 on the year after moving out of the Durham Regional with a pair of 4-0 wins over George Washington and Maryland. The 11th-seeded Blue Devils are headed to the late rounds for the second year in a row after improving to 38-19 all-time in the NCAA Championships.

Leading the charge for Duke is a trio of players with 30-plus wins, including 13th-ranked Reid Carleton with a team-best 35 singles victories on the year. Eighth-ranked Henrique Cunha has 34 and Chris Mengel 32. In doubles, No. 7 Cunha and Carleton are 36-5 overall and a staggering 24-3 in dual matches playing in the No. 1 slot for Duke.

Georgia and Duke share three common opponents on the season. The Blue Devils and Bulldogs both lost twice to Tennessee this year, which include setbacks of 7-0 and 4-2 for the Blue Devils. That second meeting came in the semifinals of the ITA National Indoors. Georgia and Duke both beat Florida this year, while Georgia beat UNC and Duke split its two meetings with its Tobacco Road rival.

Duke is coached by Ramsey Smith in his fourth season at the helm. Smith was a four-year letterwinner (1998-2001) and two-time All-America (2000-01) at Duke, still ranking second all-time in school history in career singles wins.

Georgia is 7-2 all-time vs. the Blue Devils, with the teams' last meeting coming in 2005. Two of those wins have come in the NCAA Championships, including a 4-3 decision in the quarterfinals of the 2001 tournament en route to the Bulldogs' fourth national championship.

FOUR BULLDOGS EARN INDIVIDUAL BIDS: Georgia's Sadio Doumbia, Javier Garrapiz and Wil Spencer earned bids to the singles portion of the NCAA Tennis Championships to be held May 25-30 in Palo Alto, Calif. The Bulldog tandem of Garrapiz and freshman Hernus Pieters qualified for the 32-team doubles field.

By virtue of being seeded in the top-eight, Garrapiz and Pieters automatically earn All-American honors for the 2011 season. UGA players have now earned a total of 80 All-America honors in school history.

The complete draw with all players' first-round matchups will be released during the team portion of the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia players have won the NCAA Singles title four times: Mikael Pernfors in 1984 and 1985, and Matias Boeker in 2001 and 2002. Pernfors beat teammate George Bezecny for the crown in 1985. The Bulldogs have won three NCAA doubles titles including Ola Malmqvist and Allen Miller in 1983, Boeker and Travis Parrott in 2001, and John Isner and Antonio Ruiz in 2005.

IN THE RANKINGS: Georgia was ranked sixth in the final ITA team poll before the NCAA Championships released May 2, a one-spot jump from the previous week.

Virginia held onto its No. 1 ranking, followed by Southern Cal, Tennessee, Ohio State, Baylor, Georgia, Stanford, Florida, Texas A&M, and Kentucky to complete the top 10 entering the tournament.

Individually, Georgia's Wil Spencer remained No. 18 in singles, while his teammates Javier Garrapiz and Sadio Doumbia came in at Nos. 32 and 51, respectively. The Bulldog doubles team of Garrapiz and freshman Hernus Pieters were No. 6, staying in the top 10 for the sixth consecutive ranking period and eighth time overall this season. The team of Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada is ranked No. 88.

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