The Next Step
Dave McMahon -- The way the season ended last season and the potential this team has, it is fair to say that anything less than a national championship may be a disappointment?
Manuel Diaz -- Honestly it wouldn't be fair to say anything. I am very pleased on how this team has come together so far... they had a very good fall... this team is very poised and they set their sights high.
DM -- What is the differences of this year's team and last year's team?
MD -- We have 6 new players, 5 freshmen and a transfer so we have many new components to this team, but we have a lot of strength coming back.
DM -- John Isner is the #2 ranked player in the nation... last year he went back-and-forth from #1 and #2 ranked... what does he need to do to be the number one ranked player?
MD -- Win the NCAA's. Really when you are number 2, there is a very small window to be able to move up. He just needs to continue what has been doing.
DM -- What does it say when a player like Travis Helgeson, who is one of the nation's best players transfers from a good school like Texas to join Georgia?
MD -- It says we have a whole lot to offer. He might not have been comfortable with something at his old school and now he gets to work with a new staff.
DM -- Would it be fair to say that players like Travis and Luis Flores can play at #1's at almost every school in the nation?
MD -- I met with all 3 of them (add John Isner) and told them we have 3 number one players and I could not find more agreeable players and they don't care where they play as long as the team wins.
DM -- What does Luis Flores do so well?
MD -- He has tremendous excelleration. His first step is the most explosive first step in the nation. He makes you earn any point you can get from him.
DM -- Freshman Jamie Hunt looks like he can be a real force to?
MD -- Him and Nate Schnugg are both capable of a lot. In the fall, Nate beat the #1 player from Mississippi State and Jamie beat the #2 player from Ole Miss.
DM -- What other teams from the SEC should we look out for?
MD -- Ole Miss is as good as us. LSU has a great squad this year and then there is Florida and Tennessee.
DM -- How great is it that the NCAA's are back here in Athens?
MD -- We are looking forward to it. This is the best atmosphere in college tennis. Last time it was here we were not in the tournament.
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