The University of Georgia women’s tennis team will be represented by four student-athletes as Ariana Arseneault, Katarina Jokic, Meg Kowalski and Lea Ma earned bids to the 2021 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, announced Tuesday evening.
For the singles tournament, Jokic leads the way as the No. 4 seed and received an automatic bid, representing the Southeastern Conference. The SEC Player of the Year has had a phenomenal year going 24-1 overall and 15-0 in dual match play this season. She is 7-0 against top-50 opponents.
Kowalski and Ma both have got at-large bids. Ma, SEC Newcomer of the Year, is 14-4 overall and 13-3 in dual match play after sitting out the fall season. Kowalski, the Chicago native, went 22-1 overall and 12-1 in dual matches this season.
Graduate Marta Gonzalez will be an alternate for the singles tournament, should someone withdraw from individual competition.
For doubles, Jokic and Arseneault will be featured as a 5-8 seed. The duo has been a constant in the top-5 of the ITA rankings, reaching as high as No. 3. Overall, they have secured 14 wins over the season, with five of those coming against top-10 opponents, including the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, after the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 17-22. The University of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission will serve as hosts.
This week, Georgia opens the NCAA tournament by hosting the first and second rounds in Athens. The action begins Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Bulldogs host Austin Peay. Ticket information and a full schedule for this weekend’s event are below.
NCAA Tennis First and Second Round Information
May 7-9 | Athens, Ga.
While still limited, there will be an increased capacity at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex compared to the regular season. The capacity increases to 50 percent to comply with NCAA Championship guidance. If matches are moved indoors, attendance will be permitted to player-guest only.
Tickets for this weekend’s matches go on sale online at Georgia Bulldogs | Online Ticket Office | Event Groups (evenue.net)beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. and running through Thursday at 5 p.m. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex beginning one hour prior to the start of the first match each day. Will call opens at 9 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors. The ticket is good for the entire day.
Schedule (all times eastern)
Friday, May 7 (Women’s matches only)
10 a.m. — Wake Forest vs. Furman
1 p.m. — Georgia vs. Austin Peay
Saturday, May 8 (Men and women)
10 a.m. — Virginia Tech vs. Texas Tech (Men first round)
1 p.m. — Georgia vs. East Tennessee State (Men first round)
4 p.m. — Women’s Second Round Match
Sunday, May 9
1 p.m. — Men’s Second Round Match