Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tennis draws announced

As expected, the men's tennis team will host a regional to open play in the NCAA Tournament. They'll kick things off next Friday against America East Conference winner Binghamton. Joining them in Athens will be Wake Forest and Northwestern.
"It's extremely rewarding for the guys [to host first and second rounds]," said head coach Manuel Diaz, who has guided the Bulldogs into the NCAA Championships in each of his 25 seasons. "They've put in a lot of work and had some great results this year. We are pleased with where we are, but we know we have a big challenge in front of us beginning with Binghamton. We know we can't look past anybody. It's the postseason now and we are only as good as we play today."
To hear Coach Diaz speak about the competition and the focus heading into the tournament as well as freshman Ben Wagland and sophomore Nathan Pasha - CLICK HERE. For the complete bracket, click here.

Meanwhile the women will also play host as they take on Winthrop in round one, with the winner playing either Oklahoma or Arizona State in the second round.
Georgia is 7-5 all-time against the Cougars, last facing them in 1997, a 9-0 win. This season, Georgia posted a 7-0 win over Clemson in Athens on Feb. 26 to take a 23-19 lead in the all-time series. Georgia is 2-1 all-time against Arizona State with the Sun Devils winning the last meeting 5-4 in 1997.

"It's exciting to know that you're going to be playing your first two rounds at home," said head coachJeff Wallace. "It's a huge honor and its great to be in your backyard playing at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. You can't overlook anyone. They've all had good years because they're in the NCAA Tournament so we're just excited to get that first one going."
FOr video commentary - CLICK HERE. To see the complete women's bracket, click here.