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WTennis: Mell Reasco and sophomore Alexandra Vecic are set to take part in the third edition of the ITF Rome 60K

The Georgia duo of junior Mell Reasco and sophomore Alexandra Vecic are set to take part in the third edition of the ITF Rome 60K taking place on Oct. 2-8 in Rome, head coach Drake Bernstein announced. 





The two Bulldogs will make the short trip in-state and take the court on Monday’s singles qualifying draw first round action. 

Reasco, who earned 2023 All-SEC Second team honors last season and is ranked No. 35 in the ITA women’s singles list, is off to a flying start for the Bulldogs. The Quito, Ecuador-native currently owns a 6-0 overall record this season after securing singles and doubles flight titles at the Debbie Southern Furman Fall Classic. Since 2021, Reasco has four ITF titles (two singles, two doubles) to her name, having won one 25K and three 15Ks.  

Vecic, the No. 1 ranked ITA women’s singles newcomer, returns to action after competing in the ITF Templeton 60K over the last weekend. After advancing to the second round of the qualifying rounds in Templeton, Calif., Vecic is 4-1 in singles play with one singles flight title at Furman.  






Date: Monday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 8 

Time: TBA

Location: Rome, Ga. 

Venue: Rome Tennis Center at Berry College 

Live Stats: TBA 

Live Video: TBA 

MBB: SEC announced its television package for the 2023-24 season, with Georgia to appear on the ESPN networks and the SEC Network 21 times

All told, 25 of the Bulldogs’ regular-season games will appear on national television. The remaining six contests will be available on SEC Network +, an HD-quality streaming version of those games.

The exhibition versus Eastern Kentucky, which is picked to win the Atlantic Sun Conference this season in ESPN’s preseason Bracketology, will benefit the American Red Cross of Georgia’s disaster relief efforts due to the recent impact of Hurricane Idalia on parts of South Georgia. General admission tickets for the public will be $5 and go on sale on Oct. 16, with seating for the game on a first-come, first-served basis. UGA students will be admitted free to the exhibition with a valid UGA ID.

A trio of non-conference games – against Wake Forest on Nov. 11, Georgia Tech on Dec. 5 and High Point on Dec. 16 – will appear on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs also open conference play on the SEC Network with a Jan. 6 date at Missouri. That represents the first of 14 league games that will air on the SEC Network.

Following the trip to Columbia, Mo., four of Georgia’s next six contests will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Those include home games against Arkansas on Jan. 10 and Tennessee on Jan. 13, as well as road trips to South Carolina on Jan. 16 and Florida on Jan. 27.

In addition to the SEC package, four more Georgia contests will be televised. The season opener on Nov. 6 versus Oregon that is part of the Naismith Hall of Fame Series in Las Vegas will air on a yet-to-be-announced network. Both of the Bulldogs’ games at the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship on Nov. 17 and Nov. 19 will air on the CBS Sports Network. Georgia’s Nov. 29 matchup at Florida State in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge will be televised on the ACC Network.

The 2023-24 season will be Georgia’s second under head coach Mike White. Last winter, the Bulldogs upped their 2021-22 win total by 10 victories, the second-largest regular-season increase of any Power 5 program in the nation. 

Georgia’s roster for the upcoming season will feature six returnees, five transfers and five freshmen. The Bulldogs are one of only three programs in the country to have both of their newcomer groups ranked among the top 20 nationally by On3.com. The outlet tabbed Georgia’s transfer class at No. 11 and the freshmen at No. 18.

Baseball: Georgia’s incoming recruiting class has been ranked seventh nationally by Collegiate Baseball

Collegiate Baseball factors their annual evaluation of recruiting classes based on who came to school and not those who initially signed letters of intent and then turned professional. The Bulldogs have 31 newcomers on their fall roster including 17 from the transfer portal, eight who have already graduated, and 14 freshmen.

The Bulldog newcomers include infielder Kolby Branch, who earned Freshman All-America honors while at Baylor last season as he captured the “Triple Crown” for the Bears. Suwanee native Brandt Pancer, a right-handed pitcher, who has helped Stanford to three College World Series appearances. The graduate transfer pitchers include Daniel Padysak who started in the World Baseball Classic for his native Czech Republic, Josh Roberge who has appeared in the Division II and III World Series and Atlanta native Brian Zeldin who led Penn to its finest season ever as the Quakers advanced to the NCAA Auburn Regional final. The graduate hitters joining the Bulldogs include outfielders Dillon Carter (Texas Tech), Clayton Chadwick (Sam Houston State), Dylan Goldstein (Florida Atlantic), Logan Jordan (Campbell) and infielder Paul Toetz (Purdue).

The Bulldogs will play the University of Florida in the annual fall 10-inning exhibition game in Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday, Oct. 27. The exhibition will be at 6:30 p.m. and played at 121 Financial Ballpark, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The Bulldogs are the visiting team this year. Tickets will be $15 and include a 90’s themed post-game concert featuring performances by Vanilla Ice, Young MC, Montell Jordan and Tone Loc. Tickets are on sale at the following link: https://gado.gs/avk

Fall baseball practice will conclude Nov. 5 with an exhibition against Kennesaw State at Foley Field. First pitch against the Owls will be at noon.

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