Georgia is No. 1 for the first time since March 2007.
May 1, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.--The Georgia women's tennis team is No. 1 in the latest rankings, released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Thursday. It marks the first time since March 2007 that the Bulldogs have claimed the top spot.
This comes on the heels of Tuesday's announcement that Georgia is seeded first in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Two weeks ago, Georgia beat LSU, No. 11 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Alabama in route to the program's seventh SEC Tournament Title, and first since 2009.
Georgia is one of five SEC teams in the top-ten of the most recent ITA rankings.
In singles, Georgia has three players ranked inside the Top-20. Junior Lauren Herring, the 2014 SEC Player of the Year, headlines the group at the No. 6 spot. Sophomore Silvia Garcia and junior Maho Kowase follow at No. 15 and No. 20, respectively. Herring, Garcia and Kowase will all play in the NCAA Singles Championships later this month. Senior Lilly Kimbell stayed in the rankings, coming in at No. 102.
The Bulldogs have three doubles teams in the latest rankings. Herring and Kowase remain at the No. 2 spot, and Garcia and Kate Fuller stayed inside the Top-20 at the No. 19 position. Both pairs received bids to the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championships. Kimbell and sophomore Mia King rounded the Georgia contingent coming in at No. 65.
The Bulldogs will be making their 28th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tennis Championships, ranking fifth nationally in a tie with Florida. Georgia is 67-25 in the NCAA Championships, including 10 trips to the National Semifinals with national titles in 1994 and 2000. Georgia will face Elon (15-8) in the first round on Friday, May 9 at 4 p.m. The other first round match, set for Friday at 1 p.m., will feature Arizona (17-5) and Florida State (15-12). The first round winners will meet on Saturday, May 10 at 4pm for the second round.
Live scoring and live video streaming will be available for all matches on Georgiadogs.com, and Georgia fans can follow Bulldog matches through the Live Chat offered on Georgiadogs.com. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (college-age with ID and younger). Tickets will go on sale one hour before the first match each day.