The Georgia women’s tennis team is No. 1 in the latest rankings, released by the ITA on Thursday. It marks the first time since March 2007 that the Bulldogs have claimed the top spot.
Georgia is one of five SEC teams in the top 10.
In singles, Georgia has three players ranked inside the top 20. Junior Lauren Herring, the 2014 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, headlines the group at the No. 6 spot. Sophomore Silvia Garcia and junior Maho Kowase follow at No. 15 and No. 20, respectively. Herring, Garcia and Kowase will all play in the NCAA singles tournament later this month.
The doubles pair of Herring and Kowase remain at the No. 2 spot, and Garcia and Kate Fuller are at No. 19 position. Both pairs received bids to the 2014 NCAA doubles Championships. Kimbell and sophomore Mia King rounded the Georgia contingent coming in at No. 65.
Georgia faces Elon (15-8) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 4 p.m. May 9 in Athens.
MEN’S TENNIS JUMPS
TO NO. 8 ENTERING NCAAS
The Georgia men’s tennis team jumped two spots to No. 8 in this week’s ITA poll.
Southern California again holds the top spot, followed by Oklahoma, Ohio State, Virginia, UCLA, Baylor, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Texas A&M to round out the top 10.
In the singles poll this week, Austin Smith leads the way for the Bulldogs at No. 23, while Nathan Pasha came in at No. 30, Garrett Brasseaux at No. 70, and Ben Wagland at No. 82. In doubles, the team of Wagland and Hernus Pieters is No. 8 this week.
Smith and Pasha will play in the NCAA singles tournament, while Pieters and Wagland will play in doubles.
Georgia (16-7) opens NCAA tournament play at 1 p.m. May 10 against Jacksonville State in Athens.
85 ATHLETES ON WINTER SEC ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
Georgia placed 85 student-athletes on the 2013-14 winter SEC academic honor roll, as announced by the league office.
The University recorded the highest total of student-athletes on the list in the conference, followed by South Carolina with 70 and Auburn with a total of 62.
In order to qualify for the honor, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 or higher for either the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution, compete on a varsity team for at least two seasons, complete 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree prior to nomination and be a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA championship segment.
Georgia’s 85 academic honor roll recipients are comprised of 42 equestrian team members, 20 members from the women’s swim and dive team, 10 members from the men’s swim and dive team, seven gymnasts, four men’s basketball players and two women’s basketball players.
BOSTICK FINDS HOME
AT IOWA WESTERN
Paris Bostick, who left the Georgia team during spring practices, is expected to enroll this summer at Iowa Western Community College. Bostick never played at Georgia after toe surgery last summer. He moved from safety to inside linebacker last fall. The Tampa native is expected to play outside linebacker at Iowa Western.