Feb. 18, 2002
February 18, 2002
up next: vs. Furman, Feb. 24, Athens, Ga., 2 p.m.
ITA Team Rankings: No. 3
After much needed break, Georgia hosts Furman on Sunday
After two weeks to rest and regroup, the Georgia men's tennis team will be back in action Sunday, Feb. 24, as it takes on Southern Conference member Furman. The Paladins are 1-5 and are coming off a 6-1 loss to No. 59 Florida State last Sunday in Atlanta. This weekend's match marks the first of five straight for Furman against teams in the ITA top 35. The Bulldogs own a perfect 23-0 record against the Paladins, including a 7-0 win in Athens last year.
Georgia is coming off a semifinal performance at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Lexington.
Bulldogs drop to No. 3 In ITA Team Rankings
After a loss to Illinois, the Georgia men dropped to No. 3 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings for Division I administered and released Feb. 13 by the ITA.
Stanford, who topped Illinois 4-3 in the finals to win the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, moves into the top spot with a 6-0 record.
Following Stanford in the men's top 10 are (in rank order): Illinois (5-1), Georgia (5-1), Southern California (6-2), UCLA (7-1), Mississippi (5-1), Notre Dame (7-3), Baylor (4-0), Pepperdine (6-2) and Kentucky (7-2). The second ten consists of: Tennessee, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Duke, Minnesota, Texas, LSU, California, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian.
The ITA Rankings are released every Wednesday and include the Top 75 men's and women's teams in the nation. Singles and doubles rankings are released on a bi-weekly basis starting in mid-February.
What's on tap?
After Sunday's match against Furman, the Bulldogs will continue their current homestand, as they host UNC-Charlotte on Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Georgia will have its first taste of SEC competition as the Bulldogs host Vanderbilt (March 1) and Kentucky (March 3) before taking on William and Mary on March 6.