The Bulldogs men’s tennis team won the Southeastern Conference title Sunday, defeating No. 1 seed Kentucky in the finals at Mississippi State’s A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.It was the 34th SEC crown for the Bulldogs, and their eights tournament crown.
The win improved Georgia’s record to 23-2 on the season, and they now head into next month’s NCAA tournament on a high note. This is the first SEC title win since 2007. That year the Bulldogs went on to win the national championship in Athens.
“Our previous encounter with Kentucky was a loss that really hurt,” said Bulldog head coach Manuel Diaz. “Our goal was to learn from that day. We felt like we’d had the match in hand and probably tried too hard. I think today we showed maturity, and that’s necessary to close out an important match against a very good team. This was a big moment of growth for us and proved that that loss was a turning point. It put us in a position to win today because this time we knew how to handle it. That’s the biggest thing I take from this.”