³I think our focus is going to be good and we expect to have a solid tournament,² said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. ³Our guys took Sunday off nd had a light practice on Monday, then on Tuesday we turned it up a bit and we had a pretty good practice. I think our players are looking forward to post season play. I reminded them again this week that winning the SEC Tournament was one of our main goals coming in to the season. I think we are really starting to Œzero in¹.²
The Bulldogs capped a pristine regular season record last weekend when they defeated the Tennessee Volunteers, 5-2 in Knoxville. It was the first time in Georgia men¹s tennis history that a squad went undefeated through the regular season dual matches and mid-season tournaments, as Georgia captured the 2006 ITA Team Indoor National Championship.
The Bulldogs are led by No. 2-ranked junior John Isner (Greensboro, N.C.) and senior tri-captain Colin Purcell (Louisville, Ky.) both of whom posted perfect 11-0 records in SEC dual-match play. In addition, Isner holds a 20-match singles win streak, while Purcell holds a 15- match unbeaten run of his own. Sophomore Luis Flores (Xalapa, Mexico), ranked No. 20 in the nation, has also pitched in a 10-match win streak.
Georgia has had very good success in past SEC Tournaments, reaching the finals 12 times in the event¹s 16-year history, and winning the title a total of five times. The Bulldogs are seeking their second SEC championship in three years. The team¹s last crown came at the 2004 tournament in Knoxville. Last year the tournament was held in Athens, where the third-seeded Bulldogs fell to second-seeded Florida in the semifinals.
The SEC tournament semifinals will be played Saturday at 3 p.m. EST with the finals taking place Sunday at 3 p.m. EST. Live scoring as well as match notes and other tournament information can be found at the SEC Tournament headquarters page at www.rolltide.com