Men’s Tennis: Georgia Playing for SEC Regular Season Title Today

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Men’s Tennis: Georgia Playing for SEC Regular Season Title Today

Georgia players get pumped up during an NCAA men’s tennis match between the University of Georgia and the University of Arkansas on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Athens, Ga at the Jack Turner Softball complex. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[su_spacer size=”20″] The eighth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team will play its final regular season match against No. 14 Ole Miss Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Bulldogs can clinch their 29th SEC regular season title in program history and the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament with a win against the Rebels.
[su_spacer size=”40″] LAST TIME OUT: Georgia blanked Arkansas 4-0 Thursday afternoon in Athens to match its win total from all of last season. The Bulldogs won doubles matches at No. 1 and 2, then won singles matches in straight sets at Nos. 1, 2 and 5 to win their 10th SEC contest of the season. Paul Oosterbaam clinched his second match of the year at No. 5.
[su_spacer size=”40″] RANKINGS: Georgia came in at No. 8 in this week’s ITA Rankings. Austin Smith and Ben Wagland held on to their spot atop the doubles rankings, while Wagland and Paul Oosterbaan are ranked 45th and Smith and Eric Diaz are ranked 68th. In singles, Nathan Pasha is ranked 25th in the country, Wayne Montgomery is 27th, and Smith is 34th.
[su_spacer size=”40″] HimWORTHY:
• Six different players have clinched multiple matches for Georgia this season, led by Nick Wood with five and Austin Smith with four.

• Paul Oosterbaan currently owns the team’s longest winning streak at nine matches, and he is unbeaten since Feb. 15.

• Georgia’s freshmen are a combined 14-1 in SEC singles matches this season.

• The Bulldogs have used the same doubles combinations at No. 1 in 16 consecutive matches. No. 1-ranked Smith and Ben Wagland are 11-2 in those matches.

• Nathan Pasha needs two more wins to move into a tie for 10th on the all-time career doubles wins list at UGA. He is currently 96-46.

• The Bulldogs, currently ranked eighth, have wins against two teams in the top-seven. Georgia defeated current No. 3 Illinois 4-2 Feb. 14 at National Indoors, and Texas A&M 4-1 at home on March 6.
[su_spacer size=”40″] UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will play in the SEC Tournament next week in College Station, Texas. The tournament will begin with one match on Wednesday, four matches Thursday and four matches Friday. The semifinals are slated for Saturday, and the final will be held Sunday.

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