ETSU enters Saturday¹s contest with a 4-3 record. The Pirates best win to this point was a 4-0 shutout of East Carolina. They also came within one point of upsetting No. 16 Tennessee as they fell in a 4-3 decision in Knoxville. ETSU and Georgia have have only faced off one time in dual-match play, a contest that took place in 1981. Georgia won the match by a score of 9-0.
East Tennessee is a good, young, up and coming team,² said Diaz. ³They are well coached and very talented. They went the distance with Tennessee and they will come in here with big aspirations.²
The Bulldogs have a much more extensive history with Furman. Georgia is 27-0 all-time against the Paladins, with the last meeting coming in 2005. UGA won that contest by a 6-1 score. Furman carries a current record of 1-5 into the match, with their lone winning coming over Penn in Tallahassee, Fla., by a score of 5-2.
In the latest edition of the Fila/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Georgia remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week. Georgia began the spring season at No. 3, after a preseason fall ranking of No. 7. The Dogs trail only Florida in the poll. The rankings once again proved that the SEC continues to be one of the nation¹s toughest conferences. Georgia is one of seven SEC teams listed in the top-25 (with three in the top five), the most of any other conference in the country. The other five members of the SEC are listed among the nation¹s Top 60 teams.
The weekend action will be Georgia¹s first since its 5-2 road victory at Clemson last Friday. These two matches will be the Bulldogs¹ last opportunity to tune up for the upcoming ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 17-20, in Seattle, Wash.