Georgia Tennis opens up at #3

SKILLMAN, N.J. ­- Georgia men's tennis team has been ranked No. 3 in the first regular season Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tuesday afternoon. Individually, junior John Isner and senior co-captain Strahinja Bobusic both cracked the Top 15 in the singles rankings, coming in at No.2 and No. 12, respectively. The Bulldog duo of Bobusic and senior co-captain Colin Purcell also came in at a high mark, hitting the doubles charts at No. 6.

³We are very pleased with the rankings,² said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. ³It is great to see John at No. 2 with the fall that he had. We are also very excited that Stracky and Colin came in as high as they did in singles and doubles.²

Georgia is one of eight SEC teams to be ranked in the Top 25, the most of any conference nationwide. The Bulldogs are ranked third behind Virginia and Florida. Georgia received three first-place votes. The rest of the top 10 consists of Illinois, UCLA, Mississippi, Baylor, Duke, Pepperdine and LSU.

³Now our focus has to be getting back into our top form and preparing for the upcoming SEC Indoors,² said Diaz. ³It is our last individual test before the NCAA tournament at the end of the year. The guys came back to school in pretty good physical shape, everyone is here and everyone is healthy. We are looking forward to working hard and getting our season underway.²

Junior Matic Omerzel also joined the singles rankings, coming in at No. 96. Isner and Ruiz, the defending National Doubles Champions, did not receive a doubles ranking because they did not play together in the fall. Ruiz remained in Mexico to play in professional events as an amateur, thus he does not have a singles ranking yet either.

The Bulldogs return every starter from last year¹s NCAA quarterfinal team and also add Luis Flores, who is now eligible for competition.

The next team poll is due out Jan. 31 and will be released once a week during the season until the final one on June 2. The next individual rankings will be released Feb. 22 when a new one will be unveiled every two weeks thereafter through June 2.

Georgia opens the 2006 season at the SEC Indoor Tournament from Jan. 20-23 in Lexington, Ky. The first home dual match of the season will be played on Jan. 29 against Louisville at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

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