Jan. 14, 2002
ATHENS-----Fifth-ranked Georgia opens the indoor portion of its season with the Georgia Invitational, a singles and doubles event held at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Center from Jan. 18-21.
Along with Georgia, the field includes players from Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Armstrong Atlantic State and Brenau. The draw is expected to feature 48 players in singles and 24 doubles teams.
Play will begin each morning and run most of the day with the finals set for Monday. Admission is free.
This is the 10th ever Georgia Invitational with the first one coming in 1991. It has been held annually since 1994. A Southeastern Conference player has won the singles title nine times. A Georgia player has won the event three times. For the third straight year, the tournament will include doubles play.
In the 2001 event, second seed Bruna Colosio (LSU) defeated Tonya Grib (Brenau) 6-2,6-1 in the singles final while the Kentucky duo of Brooke Skeen and Lauren Rookledge posted an 8-6 win over the Armstrong Atlantic team of Zsofia Golopencza and Michaela Kratochvilova for the doubles title.
MATTSSON JOINS GEORGIA SQUAD
Georgia added a seventh member to the squad this semester in junior Jeanette Mattsson, a 5-11 native of Osthammar, Sweden. Mattson played her first two seasons at the University of Oregon before joining the Lady Bulldogs this month.
FALL PLAY EMPHASIZED DOUBLES
This past fall, Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace set out to develop doubles teams. Georgia went a combined 26-9 in doubles matches, and Wallace said he was encouraged with the team1s play.
"We had a lot of different combinations this past fall, and we told the team no matter who you are paired with, you have to get better as a doubles player," said Wallace. "We still have a lot of work to do, but I think everyone is a better doubles player."
One of the best tandems to emerge was junior Lori Grey and sophomore Agata Cioroch as they went 8-3 and were finalists at the ITA South Regional. The Georgia duo is ranked 20th nationally.
In fall singles action, Cioroch had the top showing, going 12-3 and improving her ranking 40 spots to a career-best 18th.