Nov. 5, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men’s tennis team celebrated the accomplishments of the 2011-12 season and looked forward to 2013 at its annual awards banquet Friday night, Nov. 2 at the Athens Country Cub.
Head coach Manuel Diaz – in his 25th season – handed out awards, including the following:
*Danny Birchmore Training Award: Sadio Doumbia
*Jack Frierson Recruiting Award: Nathan Pasha
*Mike Sell Return of Serve Award: KU Singh
*Henry Feild Sportsmanship Award: Will Oliver
*Pierre Howard Academic Award: Will Reynolds
*Norman Holmes Backhand Award: Wil Spencer
*Tim Delaney Competitor Award: Nathan Pasha
*David Dick Doubles Award: Garrett Brasseaux
*Manuel Diaz Approach Award: Sadio Doumbia
*Lindsey Hopkins Volley Award: Hernus Pieters
*Jim Causey Overhead Award: Ignacio Taboada
*Mack Crenshaw Big Serve Award: Hernus Pieters
*Benedict Brothers Forehand Award: Nathan Pasha
*Mikael Pernfors MVP Award: Ignacio Taboada
*Bill Shippey Lob Award: Campbell Johnson
*Will Glenn Most Improved Award: Eric Diaz
Additionally, Diaz recognized the many accomplishments of the 2011-12 squad, highlighted by a 26-3 overall record for the spring, a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals for the eighth consecutive season, a 34th Southeastern Conference title, a semifinal run at the ITA National Team Indoor, and a final national ranking of No. 5.
The Bulldogs will round out the 2012 fall campaign this weekend, hosting the annual Bulldog Scramble in Athens Nov. 9-11 while also sending three players to the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships Nov. 8-11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Senior KU Singh will be compete in singles while junior Hernus Pieters and the freshman Wagland will play doubles.