March 18, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- On the strength of a seven-match winning streak – including a win over then-No. 1 Ohio State last week - the Georgia men’s tennis team shot up six spots and back into the top-10 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team poll, coming in at No. 10 this week.
Georgia (10-5, 5-0) just concluded a stretch of five matches in 10 days with a 4-3 victory over No. 17 Florida on the road in Gainesville on Sunday. During that grueling run, the Bulldogs beat Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and South Carolina, in addition to the Buckeyes and Gators. The win over OSU last Wednesday was Georgia’s first over a top-ranked opponent since 2008. The Bulldogs are undefeated since opening the outdoor season vs. Georgia Tech on Feb. 27.
Following a tough stay at the ITA National Indoors in February, the Bulldogs fell to No. 35 before spending the next two weeks at No. 16. Georgia then made its return to the top-10 this week.
Oklahoma makes its first-ever appearance atop the team poll, followed by Ohio State, UCLA, Southern California, Baylor, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Illinois, and UGA to round out the top-10. Georgia is the highest-ranked SEC team.
No new singles or doubles rankings were released. Austin Smith continues to lead the Bulldogs at No. 13 in singles, followed by Nathan Pasha at No. 25, Garrett Brasseaux at No. 79, and Ben Wagland at No. 87. Wagland and Hernus Pieters are ranked No. 21 in doubles.
The Bulldogs’ next two opponents – Kentucky and Vanderbilt – came in at No. 14 and No. 33, respectively. Georgia will take on the Wildcats on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in a battle of the league’s only two undefeated teams. Sunday’s match-up vs. the Commodores is set for 1 p.m.