Georgia Tennis: Men’s and Women’s teams combine for 7 ranked players


Georgia tennis will open the fall season with a combined seven ranked players between the men’s and women’s teams.

Senior Lauren Herring and junior Silvia Garcia earned the No. 6 and No. 9 spots, respectively, in the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason women’s singles rankings. The pair was also recognized in the top-10 of the doubles rankings, placing No. 10 out of the 60 tandems to be represented on the list. The Lady Tennis Dogs are the only SEC women’s tennis program with a singles player, let alone two, ranked inside the top-10.

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Freshman Ellen Perez of Shellharbour, Australia, was also recognized in the preliminary standings, earning the No. 5 spot in the preseason freshman/newcomer rankings.

The Georgia tennis men have two top-20 ranked singles players, including junior Austin Smith at No. 12 and senior Nathan Pasha at No. 17. Junior Ben Wagland came in at No. 50, while Nick Wood is No. 89. In doubles, Wagland and redshirt freshman Paul Oosterbaan are ranked 26th.

The ITA also released its draws for the 2014 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. Herring and Garcia were selected for the tournament’s main singles draw, while Perez was placed in the pre-qualifying singles draw.

On the men’s side Smith and Pasha also earned spots in the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships. Wagland, Wood and freshman Wayne Montgomery were awarded spots in the qualifying draw, while Eric Diaz, Peter Betran and Oosterbaan are in the pre-qualifying draw. Oosterbaan and Wagland will begin doubles play in the qualifying draw.

The ITA All-American Championships will be in Los Angeles, Calif., from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5.

The women will begin their fall season at the Wilmington Invitational this Friday in Wilmington, N.C. The men open the fall season at home with the Southern Intercollegiate Championships Friday through Monday.