Georgia men’s tennis wins SEC regular-season crown

The fourth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team used a road win over Arkansas on Sunday to clinch the 2013 Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.

The Bulldogs defeated the No. 53 Razorbacks 4-1 in Fayetteville, securing a 35th overall conference title and the program’s 27th regular-season crown.

For Manuel Diaz, it is the 22nd SEC championship in 25 seasons as Georgia’s head coach (14 regular season, eight tournament). Diaz also won four titles as a player and three as an assistant coach for a total of 29.

Georgia has won eight SEC championships in the last eight years counting both regular-season and tournament crowns.

“The guys did a great job of coming out refocused in singles,” Diaz said in a news release. “(After we lost doubles) they did a great job and have shown that they have tremendous focus when it’s needed most. While we need to do a better job in some areas, we also know three of our guys were sick today and I’m proud of them for coming out and competing the way they did. This is tremendous for our team.”

Sunday’s win was Georgia’s league-leading eighth in a row and 12th of the last 13 as the squad improves to 17-4 on the year and 9-1 in the SEC with just two matches to play.

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