Georgia Tennis: No.1 and Former No.1 Doubles Teams Square Off When Bulldogs Welcome Vanderbilt


The current number one ranked and most recent former number one ranked collegiate doubles teams square off Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

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The Georgia tennis doubles pair Austin Smith and Ben Wagland are this week’s ITA number one ranked collegiate doubles team. Smith and Wagland dislodged the Vanderbilt pair of Gonzales Austin and Rhys Johnson from the number one spot they have held since February 17.

The two doubles teams will face each other Friday at 5:00 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex when the Commodores bring their seventeenth ranked tennis men to town.

Smith and Wagland are the first Georgia doubles teams ranked number 1 since John Isner and Luis Flores in 2007. Smith and Wagland are 9-1 this season with wins against teams ranked first, second, eighth, eleventh, twelfth, forty-fourth and forty-seventh. Wagland and Paul Oosterbaan are ranked 37th, while Smith and Eric Diaz are ranked 70.

Nathan Pasha is Georgia’s highest-ranked player at 18, followed by Wayne Montgomery, ranked 28, and Austin Smith, 31. Pasha is in the midst of the SEC’s longest singles win streak with 10 and needs only three more doubles wins to tie for the tenth on the all-time career doubles win list at Georgia. Pasha leads the team with 11 dual match wins. Montgomery was a team high 42 combined singles and doubles wins.

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The Georgia team is ranked number 5 nationally. Oklahoma is ranked number 1 with Baylor, Illinois, Duke, USC, Texas, Virginia, Texas A&M and TCU rounding out the top-10. As a team, Georgia has won nine consecutive matches starting with the 9-0 win over Furman on Feb. 22. The Bulldogs are 29-1 in their last 30 regular season SEC matches.

The Dawgs will receive another tough SEC test on Friday from Vanderbilt. Vandy will be led by tenth ranked Gonzales Austin at number one singles. The match will open with national drama when the former number one ranked Vanderbilt doubles team of team of Austin and Johnson will square off against the Georgia’s current number one ranked doubles team of Smith and Wagland.

On Sunday, Georgia blanked the forty-seven ranked South Carolina tennis team 4-0. Due to inclement weather, the match was played indoors and Georgia advanced to 10-2 in indoor match play.