UGA roundup: Soccer’s signing class ranks 11th nationally

The Georgia soccer team’s 2013 signing class has been ranked 11th nationally and No. 1 in the SEC by Top Drawer Soccer, the website announced Thursday.

The Bulldogs have the highest-ranked class in the Southeastern Conference and are one of only three SEC teams in the top-20 along with Texas A&M’s class at No. 15 and Auburn’s at No. 20.

“On paper this is a very strong class, but ultimately they’ll be judged by what they help this program accomplish over the next four years,” Georgia coach Steve Holeman said. “This is a fantastic group of young ladies who all work incredibly hard and we are thrilled they will be joining us in the fall.”

Track & field inks eight as signing period begins

Georgia’s track and field teams have received national letters of intent from eight student-athletes after the official signing period began on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs, along with all of the other teams across the nation in their division, have until August to complete their 2013 signing class.

The class was highlighted with a pair of signees from Greece. Georgia Stefanidi (Pallini/Athens, Greece) has cleared 13 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the pole vault, which would rank fourth in both Georgia’s indoor and outdoor record books. Stefanidi’s sister, Katerina, edged Lady Bulldog Morgann Leleux for the 2012 NCAA outdoor pole vault title and has been third or better at the last four national meets.

Alexander Poursanidis (Paphos/Cyprus, Greece) is the Cyprus record holder in the hammer after lifting the implement 253-9. Poursanidis was fourth at the 2012 IAAF World Championships.

Men’s tennis rolls Georgia Tech

The No. 5 Georgia men’s tennis team rebounded from a lost doubles point, winning five of six first sets in singles en route to a commanding 5-2 win over 65th-ranked Georgia Tech Friday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (4-1) got off to a slow start in doubles and the Yellow Jackets came away with the early point, snagging wins at Nos. 1 and 2 to take a 1-0 lead. The No. 3-ranked team of Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal emerged with an 8-4 win over No. 5 Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland at No. 1, while Tech got the clinching decision via an 8-5 win for Juan Melian and Nathan Rakitt at No. 2 over Nathan Pasha and Marco Nunez. The doubles match on court three went unfinished with Georgia’s Eric Diaz and Garrett Brasseaux trailing Eduardo Segura and Colin Edwards, 7-6.

The Bulldogs quickly evened things up at 1-1 as freshman Ben Wagland cruised to a speedy 6-1, 6-1 win over Hundal at No. 3, the freshman’s 12th win of the season and fourth in dual match play. Georgia took a 2-1 lead when Brasseaux posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Anish Sharma at No. 6, and rookie Nick Wood increased the lead to 3-1 with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Rakitt at No. 4.

The Bulldogs got their fourth straight point of the day and the match clincher on court one, where 19th-ranked Pasha posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Melian to make it 4-1 and secure the road victory.

Georgia Tech earned its lone singles win at No. 2 as 32nd-ranked Spir downed No. 16 Pieters, 6-3, 5-4, but Austin Smith provided Georgia with another point as he went 6-2, 6-3 over Segura at No. 5, sealing the 5-2 win.

Track & field starts action at VT Elite meet

Georgia’s track and field teams opened the VT Elite Meet with four victories in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday.

This is the fourth regular season meet for the Bulldogs with the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships scheduled to start on February 22.

True freshman Chanice Porter posted the second-best mark of her career as she won her fourth consecutive meet. The Pratville, Jamaica, native worked up to a sixth jump of 20 feet, 9 ¼ inches to top the nearest competitor by nearly one foot.

Similar to Porter, sophomore Charles Grethen has also done nothing but win since suiting up in red and black. Grethen, who transferred from Texas State, clocked a 1:51.42 to top 24 other competitors in the 800-meter run.

Not far behind Grethen was true freshman Kisean Smith. Smith trimmed three seconds off his previous 800 time for the Bulldogs to take third at the meet with a 1:52.43.

The Lady Bulldogs finished first and second in the 200. Sophomore Tynia Gaither ran a 24.29 to win while freshman Briana Vaughn managed second with a time of 24.51.

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