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MTennis: UGA begin conference play on the road at Tennessee and Mississippi State

Niels Ratiu

The No. 43 Georgia men’s tennis team will begin Southeastern Conference play on the road this weekend, traveling to play No. 5 Tennessee on Friday, March 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET and No. 26 Mississippi State on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.






Date: March 1, 2024

Time: 4:30 p.m. ET

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.





Venue: Goodfriend Tennis Center

Live Stats: https://gado.gs/8ut

Live Video: https://gado.gs/5at


Date: March 3, 2024

Time: 2 p.m. ET

Location: Starkville, Miss.

Venue: Rula Tennis Pavilion

Live Stats + Video: https://gado.gs/8ok


Georgia Season Stats: https://gado.gs/b9y

Tennessee Season Stats: https://gado.gs/bh0

Mississippi State Season Stats: https://gado.gs/bgz


Classic City Colby: Colby has started the dual-match season in impressive fashion. The junior has primarily played on court two for the first time in his career, where he is 5-1, winning four matches in straight sets. He has won seven of his last nine singles matches, including four in a row against ranked opponents.

Colby ended the fall with career-best singles and doubles rankings of No. 36 and No. 25 with Niels Ratiu respectively. He earned his highest-ranked win at the Longhorn Invitational over No. 17 Micah Braswell to begin his Georgia career. Colby is 7-1 against ranked opponents this year after starting his career 2-3.

Last Time Out: The No. 40 Georgia men’s tennis team fell to No. 3 Wake Forest, 5-2, on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. 

Georgia secured the doubles point to start the match. No. 37 Colby and Ratiu picked up where they left off, winning on court two for their first victory since Jan. 6. On court three, Cyrus Mahjoob and Miguel Perez Peña finished off doubles and clinched with a 6-3 win for the Bulldogs’ fourth doubles point of the year. In singles, Colby earned his fourth-straight ranked win and seventh of the year. The junior defeated No. 53 Dhakshineswar Suresh, 7-5, 7-6(5), on court two.

Dawgs in the Rankings: Georgia enters the week ranked No. 43 nationally by the ITA. The Southeastern Conference features 11 schools in the top 50. 

Three of Georgia’s players remain ranked in singles, with Thomas Paulsell sitting atop the roster’s rankings at No. 54. He is joined by No. 56 Colby and No. 77 Perez Peña. In doubles, No. 37 Colby and Ratiu, the lone ranked tandem among the Bulldogs, are currently 9-3 together. 

Scouting the Volunteers: Tennessee entered this week’s ITA team rankings at No. 5 at 11-3 overall. All three of the Volunteers’ losses have come on the road.

Currently ranked No. 7 in the ITA singles poll, Johannus Monday boasts a singles record of 10-2 on court one. No. 27 Shunsuke Mitsui plays on court two for the Volunteers and holds a 9-2 dual-match record. In tandem with Monday, graduate student Angel Diaz plays on court one in doubles and is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation together.

Scouting MSU’s Bulldogs: MSU now stands at No. 26 in the team rankings after winning four straight matches. The Bulldogs hold an 8-3 record, falling to the VCU, No. 25 Florida State, and Middle Tennessee.

On a roster composed largely of underclassmen, sophomore No. 23 Petar Jovanovic boasts the best performance in singles. He holds a 38-14 career record with a 5-7 mark in SEC play. In doubles, Mississippi State’s Jovanovic and Benito Sanchez Martinez are the lone pair on the roster ranked at No. 42. 

WBB: Georgia falls to LSU

Javyn Nicholson

Georgia’s comeback effort fell short on Thursday night as the Lady Bulldogs fell to the No. 7 LSU Tigers, 80-54, in front of 7,406 fans in the final home game of the season.

The Lady Bulldogs (12-16, 3-12 SEC) trailed by 32 points midway through the third quarter before going on a 16-0 run to come within 13 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Tigers (25-5, 12-3 SEC) then used a 20-9 fourth-quarter advantage to pull away for the win. Javyn Nicholson tallied 17 points to lead Georgia in scoring for the fourth-straight game while Asia Avinger added 10 points and five assists.

Georgia fell behind 13-5 early after a 7-0 LSU run forced the Lady Bulldogs to take a timeout at the 5:22 mark in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs responded with a 10-4 run of their own, highlighted by eight points from Avinger, to cut the Tigers’ lead to two points, 17-15, with 3:16 left in the frame. LSU then scored the final seven points of the quarter and held a 24-15 lead at the end of the period.

After Nicholson scored the first bucket of the second quarter for Georgia, LSU countered with an 8-0 run to take a double-digit lead. Taniyah Thompson paced the Lady Bulldogs with six points in the quarter, but the Tigers sunk 58.8 percent of their shots in the frame to take a 45-23 lead into halftime.  

The Lady Bulldogs trailed by as many as 32 points before closing the third quarter on a 14-0 tear to trim the deficit to 60-45. The Lady Bulldogs made 50 percent of their shots in the frame behind a combined 14 points from Nicholson and De’Mauri Flournoy to outscore the Tigers, 22-15, in the period.

Nicholson’s jumper to open the fourth quarter cut LSU’s lead to 13, but the Lady Bulldogs came no closer as the Tigers scored the next nine points to push their lead to 69-47 with 6:34 to play. Hailey Van Lith led LSU with 18 points while Angel Reese tallied LSU 17 points and 15 rebounds to help the Tigers secure an 80-54 victory. 

Storylines from Today’s Game

  • Georgia had 10 fast-break points and three steals in the first half.
  • The Lady Bulldogs made 8-of-16 shots (50%) in the third quarter, including a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown.
  • Georgia scored nine points off four LSU turnovers in the third quarter.

Career Highs/Player Superlatives

  • Javyn Nicholson led Georgia in scoring for the fourth-straight game with 17 points, adding five rebounds.
  • Asia Avinger scored all 10 of her points in the first quarter and dished a team-high five assists.
  • Taniyah Thompson tallied seven points and six rebounds.
  • De’Mauri Flournoy scored nine points and added two steals.

Quote of the Day

“It gives us a bigger reason to play,” fifth-year senior Javyn Nicholson said of the crowd. “Obviously when there are a lot of fans and family and the energy is good, we feed off of that. I think that’s what we did. In the first quarter, we were lit. It was a great environment to play in, and that’s why you come to Georgia. Win or lose, these are great environments to play in, and these are the types of games we want to play in. Big games against big opponents, and we want to compete.” 

What’s Next

Georgia will conclude its regular season at Vanderbilt on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network+.

Softball: No. 5/3 Georgia (13-1) at the 2024 DeMarini Invitational beginning today

Dates: Friday, March 1-Sunday, Mach 3, 2024

Participating Teams:

   No. 3/5 Georgia (13-1)

   No. 20/24 Cal (16-1)

   Boise State (11-5)

   No. 11/10 Stanford (10-4)

Location: Palo Alto, Calif. 

Stadium: Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium

Georgia’s Schedule

Friday, March 1

   3 p.m. – vs. No. 20/24 Cal

   5:30 p.m. – vs. Boise State

Saturday, March 2

   4:30 p.m. – vs. No. 20/24 Cal

   7 p.m. – at No. 11/10 Stanford

Sunday, March 3

   3 p.m. – at No. 11/10 Stanford

      (all times Eastern)

Media Information

Streaming: Stanford live stream on Pac-12.com (Stanford games only) 

Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com

Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball

Complete Game Notes Attached

No. 5/3 Georgia softball heads west this weekend to Palo Alto, California to take part in the 2024 DeMarini Invitational hosted by No. 11/10 Stanford.

Georgia will play No. 11/10 Stanford and No. 20/24 Cal twice each while also taking on Boise State. Action begins Friday, March 1 against Cal at 3 p.m., ET, followed by Boise State at 5:30 p.m.

Follow the Bulldogs

– Georgia’s games against Stanford will stream live via the Stanford Live Stream on Pac-12.com.

– Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule page on GeorgiaDogs.com.

– Live Twitter updates will be available on the official Twitter page of Georgia softball, @UGAsoftball.


Series Histories


– Georgia leads the all-time series 2-1

– The Dogs and Bears first met in 1999 in Phoenix, Arizona; Cal won 3-0

– The last meetings were in the 2010 Athens Super Regional; Georgia outscored the Bears 17-1 to sweep the series and advance to Oklahoma City

Boise State

– Georgia leads the all-time series 2-0

– The Bulldogs and Broncos met last season in Orlando, Florida; Georgia run ruled Boise State in both contests


– Georgia trails the series 1-5

– Georgia is 1-1 in Palo Alto against the Cardinal; the Bulldogs split a pair of games in 2003

– The Bulldogs and Cardinal faced off in Athens last season when Stanford won both games, the first downing Georgia in 10 innings

Georgia in the Polls

Georgia in the Poll: Week 3

     – USA Today/NFCA: 5

     – ESPN/USA Softball: 3

     – D1Softball: 4

     – Softball America: 3

Baseball: Dawgs begin three game series with Tech tonight

Georgia begins a three-game series Friday against Georgia Tech with game one in Atlanta followed by game two in Athens on Saturday and the finalé at Coolray Field on Sunday.

First pitch Friday will be at 6:02 on ACC Network Extra with Saturday’s action at a sold-out Foley Field at 2:02 p.m. on SEC Network+. There is no television for Sunday’s 3 p.m. game at Coolray Field that is titled the 21st annual Spring Baseball Classic that benefits Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA).  All proceeds from the event benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of CHOA. For ticket and parking information for the game at Coolray Field, follow this link: https://gado.gs/a66

The Bulldogs are off to an 8-1 start in the Wes Johnson era while the Yellow Jackets are 7-1. Neither team is ranked in the top 25. The entire series will be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Series History: Georgia and Tech have battled since 1898 with the Bulldogs owning a 218-169-2 advantage in the series. Georgia claimed both meetings on campus last season (7-2 in Athens, 16-6 in Atlanta) while Tech won the neutral site contest at Coolray Field 4-1 to avoid getting swept.

Windshields Beware: Georgia has blasted an NCAA-leading 27 home runs with a .706 slugging percentage as part of its 8-1 start. Nine Bulldogs have at least one home run with the team lead belonging to Charlie Condon with seven. Last year, he led the team and set an SEC Freshman Record with 25 home runs in 56 games.

Condon Leading The Offense: Consensus All-America Charlie Condon (.639-7-13) is the reigning SEC Player of the Week. A redshirt-sophomore on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, he is projected to be a 1st Round pick in 2024. He carries multiple gloves as he plays third base (5 starts), first base (1 start) and the outfield (3 starts in LF). He has had multiple hits in all nine games this year. This past Wednesday against Michigan State, he tied a school record by smashing home runs in his first three at bats (CF then LF then RF) before being intentionally walked. Currently, he ranks second nationally with an SEC-best .639 batting average, ranks first with a 1.417 SLG% and third in OB% at .696. His exit velocity is routinely more than 100 mph and as high as 118.

*In week one, junior infielder Slate Alford earned SEC Co-Player of the Week honors. He posted an SEC best 15 total bases, three home runs and nine RBI in a sweep of Asheville. Currently, he is batting .325-3-10 from the leadoff spot. Alford and Condon have reached base in all nine games.

Series Rotation: Graduate left-hander Charlie Goldstein (2-0, 2.00 ERA) has been the ace of the Georgia pitching staff. In nine innings this season, he has 14 strikeouts and four walks, limiting opponents to a .133 average. During the first part of the season, the Bulldogs have taken a staff approach on the mound with Goldstein going a team-best five innings this past Friday in a 15-5 win over Northern Kentucky.  He will start game one of the Tech series followed by graduate RHP Christian Mracana (1-0, 1.23 ERA) on Saturday and sophomore RHP Leighton Finley (1-0, 5.14 ERA) on Sunday. Tech will counter with junior LHP Camron Hill (1-0, 1.50 ERA), junior RHP Aeden Finateri (2-0, 0.82 ERA) and junior RHP Logan McGuire (0-0, 6.75 ERA).

Rutherford Street Closure: Please note this season that one hour before game time, Rutherford Street, next to Foley Field, will be closed to vehicle traffic until 30 minutes post-game. 

Georgia Game Notes Link: https://georgiadogs.com/documents/2024/2/29/BSBNotes31.pdf

Georgia Baseball Media Guide Link: https://issuu.com/georgiadogs/docs/24bsb_mediaguide

Radio/TV/Live Stats Information For Tech Series

Friday at Ga. Tech, 6:02 pm ET

Radio: 960TheRef (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) 

TV: ACC Network Extra: https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/edb93c4e-0d0c-4532-b67f-abca12fb0798A

Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=503319

Saturday vs. Ga. Tech at 2:02 p.m. ET (SOLD OUT)

Radio: 960TheRef (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) 

TV: SEC Network+ (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/31ca2e53-b6a8-419d-a0b1-66c530c0c07e

Live Stats: https://georgiadogs.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary

Sunday at Coolray Field vs. Ga. Tech, 3 p.m. ET (No TV)

Radio: 960TheRef (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston)

TV: None

Live Stats: TBA 

Foley Field Tickets/Parking/Promotion Information

*Click here for tickets, General Admission Seating $10 For Ga. Tech (SOLD OUT)

*Call 1-877-542-1231 or order online at https://georgiadogs.evenue.net/list/BBS

*Foley Field Gates/Ticket Windows open one hour before game time.

*Free parking is available in the commuter surface lot behind the outfield. 

*Please note this season Rutherford Street, next to Foley Field, will be closed to vehicle traffic one hour prior to baseball games until 30 minutes post-game.

*UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with UGA ID; Enter Student Gate G on Rutherford Street

*Promotions: Sat.: Hairy Dawg Bobblehead for the first 750 fans

SUNDAY GAME TICKETS AT COOLRAY: For ticket and parking information at Coolray Field, follow this link: https://gado.gs/a66

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

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