The fourth-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team begins its run for the program’s fourth ITA National Team Indoor Championship Friday at 9 a.m. against the No. 11 Texas Longhorns in Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The Bulldogs (3-0) grabbed the No. 2-seed in the bracket released Tuesday evening. Victories against Michigan State and Penn in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend secured Georgia’s spot in the National Indoors. The 16-team field consists of the other 14 ITA Kick-Off Weekend winners and the host school, Wisconsin.
“It is always fun at this time of the year – it’s still early in the season –, but it’s an opportunity to go see the other top teams in the country and see what the whole nation looks like at this point in time,” Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said. “It gives us a chance to see where we are at and to see where we need to be.”
Texas (5-1) earned its spot in the National Indoors by beating Mississippi State and No. 11 California in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Leading the Longhorns is sophomore Bianca Turati, the top-ranked singles player in the country. Turati showcases a 17-1 overall record including a 5-0 dual record.
Combating Turati on the No. 1 singles court is Georgia freshman Katarina Jokic who earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after the wins against the Spartans and the Quakers. Jokic, ranked No. 8 in ITA singles, contains a 3-0 dual record and a team-best 22-3 overall mark.