The No. 5 Georgia women’s tennis team is set to begin conference play on Sunday, Feb. 21 against No. 19 Tennessee at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex with first serve set for 1 p.m.
The Volunteers travel to Athens with a 6-2 record and an ITA ranking of 19 with wins over Syracuse and Wake Forest. Tennessee has three girls ranked in singles, Rebeka Mertena leads the way at No. 52, Johanna Silva comes in at No. 85 and Carly Biggs at No. 118. These two squads faced off last season in the inaugural outdoor match after the renovations to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex were completed. The Bulldogs swept the Volunteers 4-0. Georgia leads a 49-9 advantage all time over Tennessee.
Last time out, the Bulldogs took down Georgia Southern 6-1 in the first outdoor match of the season at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Senior Katarina Jokic was named SEC Player o the Week for the third consecutive week on Wednesday afternoon. She becomes the first player since the conference weekly honors began in 2000, to earn the award three consecutive weeks. The only other athlete to win back-to-back weekly awards previously, was former Bulldog Lauren Herring who won SEC Player of the Week consecutive weeks during the 2015 season. The last time Georgia had three straight weekly awards recipients was the same 2015 season with Herring winning twice and Caroline Brinson winning the following week.
While still limited, outdoor matches will be open to the general public— 275 fans are welcome to attend on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Available seating will be marked in the grandstands, as well as the grass berm behind the lower courts. Fan seating will not be available in the men’s and women’s team clubhouses or in the playing level area adjacent to Court 3.
To enter the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, fans are encouraged to enter through the main entrance in front of the men’s tennis club house. Masks are required at all times while moving throughout the facility. However, those in attendance may remove their masks once socially distanced in their seats.
Fans will not be permitted to attend indoor matches.