Tennis Teams Begin Postseason Play

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Tennis Teams Begin Postseason Play

Marta Gonzalez
Marta Gonzalez

The University of Georgia men’s and women’s tennis teams learned their postseason destinations during the NCAA selection show on Monday evening. The men’s squad will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., and the women will host first and second rounds in Athens. 

As the No. 1 overall seed, Georgia’s women welcome Alabama State, Austin Peay and Wake Forest this weekend. The action starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday as Austin Peay and Wake Forest face off at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Bulldog women will then host Alabama State at 1 p.m. later that day. The winner of both matches will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a spot in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Tickets for first and second rounds in Athens are $5 per day for adults and $3 per day for youth (college age and younger). All tickets can be purchased at the gate beginning one hour prior to the first match each day. The Georgia women receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 33rd-straight year with an all-time tournament record of 79-30.

Jeff Wallace
Jeff Wallace

The 2019 season marks the ninth consecutive year the Bulldog women have earned a host position for the first and second rounds of the tournament. The Georgia women have two NCAA titles (1994 and 2000), while a Bulldog has won the NCAA singles championship three times (1984 Lisa Spain, 1994 Angela Lettiere, and 2010 Chelsey Gullickson).

“It’s a huge honor to be able to host the first few rounds here at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex,” Georgia women’s head coach Jeff Wallace said. “Hosting is what we started the year off talking about— hosting first and second rounds right here in Athens— so we’ve had to do the work to make that happen. So now, we’ve been selected as a No. 1 overall seed which is great, and we’re excited about that.”

The Bulldog men are making their 36th-straight and 41st overall NCAA appearance. They will begin play on Friday against Elon at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.  The two winners will meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“We’ve only been to UNC once before, and we’re excited,” Georgia men’s head coach Manuel Diaz said. “It’s postseason, and our guys are excited. We’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us. Everybody’s ready. You know, it’s win or go home. This is a big opportunity to finish on a positive note.”

Manuel Diaz
Manuel Diaz

Georgia’s men have won six NCAA National Championships (1985, 1987, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008), while a Bulldog has won the NCAA Singles Championship four times (Mikael Pernfors in 1984 and 1985; Matias Boeker in 2001 and 2002). The Bulldogs have claimed the doubles title on three occasions – Ola Malmqvist and Allen Miller in 1983, Boeker and Travis Parrott, and John Isner and Antonio Ruiz in 2005.

NCAA Women’s Tennis First and Second Round Schedule Athens, Ga.  – May 4-5, 2019 Saturday, May 4– 10 a.m.  — Austin Peay vs. Wake Forest- 1 p.m. — Georgia vs. Alabama State

Sunday, May 5– 2 p.m. — Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2

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