Georgia Tennis Ranked Seventh in Nation


The Georgia Tennis team will enter the NCAA Men’s Tennis tournament ranked seventh in the country.

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The Georgia men’s tennis team is ranked number seven in the latest edition of the ITA rankings. Oklahoma is ranked No. 1, followed by Baylor, Texas A&M, Illinois, Virginia, TCU, Georgia, USC, Duke and Texas to round out the top-10.

The Bulldogs (21-4) reached the finals of the SEC Tournament last week in College Station with wins over Tennessee and Ole Miss. Georgia has wins against a pair of top-five teams in this week’s rankings (No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 4 Illinois).

In singles, Nathan Pasha is the highest ranked Bulldog at No. 27, followed by Wayne Montgomery at No. 28 and Austin Smith at No. 31. Smith and Ben Wagland once again are ranked No. 1 in the nation in doubles. Wagland and Paul Oosterbaan are ranked No. 42, while Smith and Eric Diaz are ranked No. 70.

Georgia led the SEC with four first team All-SEC selections: Nathan Pasha, Wayne Montgomery, Austin Smith and Ben Wagland., Montgomery was also named to the All-Freshman Team and the first Georgia player to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors since John Isner in 2004.

Head Coach Manny Diaz, himself a former number one player for the Bulldogs, is confident his team can take on the challenge of the NCAA Tourney. “We have three players who are among the top 20 or 25 players in the country,” Diaz told” And they are capable of playing and beating the very best.”

Georgia will learn its opponent in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when the bracket is released tonight, Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. on The first and second rounds are scheduled for May 8-10 on campus sites and the Dawgs can expect to open the tournament at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus. The NCAA Championships will be held in Waco, Texas May 14-25.

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