The UGA women’s tennis team remains ranked fourth nationally in the latest 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released Thursday.
The Bulldogs are one of nine Southeastern Conference teams in the top 25, the most of any conference. Along with Georgia, the top four ranked teams are Stanford, Vanderbilt and Florida. The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season ranked sixth nationally, posting a 19-6 record under Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace who is in his 33rd season.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs open the team dual match season Friday, Jan. 26 in Athens when they play host to a four-team ITA Kick-Off Weekend indoor event. First up here, Furman (1-0) faces Pennsylvania (0-0) at 10 a.m. while Georgia (0-0) will play host to Michigan State (0-0) at 2 p.m. The losers of the match will play at 9 a.m. Saturday while the winners meet at 1 p.m. for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoors slated for Feb. 9-12 in Madison, Wis.
Team rankings will be released weekly except for Feb. 7 while the next individual rankings are due out every two weeks starting on Feb. 7.
Georgia freshman Katarina Jokic, who posted a team-best 19-3 mark in fall tournament action, checks in at No. 12 among the singles top 125 that was released this past November. One of Jokic’s fall highlights was winning the ITA Southeast Regional singles title. Sophomore Marta Gonzlaez, who was preseason ranked No. 105, went 16-5, and saw her ranking rise to a career-best No. 51. Also, freshman Morgan Coppoc, who tallied an 11-4 record, made her debut at No. 55.
In doubles, Georgia used the fall to experiment with different tandems, and the top performing duos were Coppoc and sophomore Elena Christofi along with Jokic and senior Mariana Gould. The Christofi/Coppoc team went 9-5 with six wins over ranked opponents. They made their debut at No. 6 among the top 60 doubles teams. The Jokic/Gould duo played 15 matches and went 12-3 with four wins over ranked teams. This Bulldog team is now ranked No. 24.