Georgia Tennis Earns NCAA Tourny No. 1 Seed

ATHENS - The SEC Champion and No. 1-ranked University of Georgia men's tennis team (25-0) has earned the No. 1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Championship Tournament as announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Wednesday evening. Georgia will host first and second round action featuring Furman, Alabama and Georgia Tech, May 13-14, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

"It is a big honor to be seeded No. 1," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "We still have a few more days of practice before the tournament begins but we are now officially gearing up for it. We are a confident team but we know everyone is going to bring it and we have to be ready. We have to continue to prepare the way we have all season, not a ball has been struck yet and everyone starts out at 0-0."

In first-round play on Saturday, March 13, Georgia will square off against the Furman Paladins in the second match of the day at 3 p.m., after Georgia Tech and Alabama face each other at 12 p.m. The winners will battle each other at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, for the right to head to the NCAA Championships May 20-29 in Palo Alto, Calif., hosted by Stanford.

Incidentally, Georgia has already hosted and beaten all three of these teams this year at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Furman, who earned an automatic bid by winning the Southern Conference Championship tournament, finished the year with a 20-10 record and a No. 75 national ranking. The Paladins took on the Bulldogs in Athens on Feb. 12, a match which Georgia won by a score of 7-0.

Later in the season, the Bulldogs took on long time in-state rival Georgia Tech in the Classic City on March 15 downing the Yellow Jackets, 6-1.

Finally, Alabama came to Athens on March 26 and suffered a 6-1 loss at the hands of the Diaz's Dogs. Georgia then faced the Crimson Tide again in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament and won by a 4-0 score.

Georgia Tech finished the year with an 11-9 record and a No. 30 national ranking. Alabama capped its regular season with a 14-12 record and a national ranking of 38th.

With its selection to the 64-team field, Georgia will make its 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and its 28th overall since the tournament¹s inception in 1977. This will also mark the third straight year that Georgia has hosted first and second round play at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Fans can access live scoring for all three matches as well as information on Georgia¹s undefeated season and all three of the Bulldogs¹ first and second round opponents by visiting Georgia¹s official first and second round headquarters at the following link:

http://georgiadogs.collegesports.com/sports/m-tennis/m-tennis-history/06-championships/index.html


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