2002-2003 Season Review

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Georgia Finishes Year With Loss In NCAA Tournament First Round

The men's tennis team ended an uncharacteristic season with a 4-0 loss to South Florida in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament at the Texas A&M Tennis Center May 9 in College Station. The Bulldogs finished the year 9-15 with a 4-7 mark in conference play. With a lineup that featured a lot of youth and little experience, Georgia battled a tough schedule and played most of the year on the road due to construction of new courts and clubhouses at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Athens and the Bulldogs once again hosted the NCAA Championships.

Junior Bo Hodge and senior Nicolas Boeker were the only Georgia players in the NCAA singles and doubles portion of the tournament. Hodge capped his junior season by advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament. In earning All-America honors for the third time, Hodge went 28-12 overall playing No. 1 singles for Georgia after the departure of early pro entries Matias Boeker, Brandon Wagner and Lesley Joseph. Boeker advanced to the round of 16 before being eliminated, and he and Hodge teamed up to reach the round of 16 in doubles. With his singles showing, Boeker earned All-America honors for the first time in his career.

Illinois made a clean sweep of the NCAAs in Athens, claiming the team, singles (Amer Delic) and doubles (Rajeev Ram and Brian Wilson) titles. Bulldogs go 1-1 at 2003 SEC Tournament

The Bulldogs went 1-1 in the 2003 SEC Tournament. Georgia avenged a previous loss to South Carolina by beating the Gamecocks 4-1 in the opening round before falling to second-seeded and eventual tourament champion Vandy in the quarterfinals. While the Commodores were making their first trip to the semifinals, Georgia did not reach the semifinals for the first time since the team format was adopted in 1990.

With a pair of wins in the tournament, the 15th-ranked pair of Bo Hodge and Nicolas Boeker has won seven straight doubles matches at No. 1 and 11 of its last 12, including five against ranked opponents. Hodge became the first Bulldog to hit the 25-win mark for the season with a clinching singles win against the Gamecocks.

Boeker, Hodge honored by SEC
More individual awards came to Boeker and Hodge as both earned All-SEC honors this season. Hodge received first-team honors for the third consecutive year, while Boeker's second-team recognition was his first conference accolade.

Where they rank
The Georgia team ended the season at No. 23 in the final Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered and announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Associa-tion (ITA) May 30. The national champion Illinois Fighting Illini finished the season with the top ranking in the country.

Individually, Bo Hodge finished the year No. 4 in the singles rankings, while Nicolas Boeker checked in at No. 31. The two teammed up for the No. 15 doubles ranking.

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