Congrats to the Georgia Bulldogs Woman's tennis team for winning the 2009 SEC Woman's Tennis Championship. The Lady Bulldogs also made it to the semi-finals of the 2009 NCAA Tennis Tournament; the men made it to the quarters. Georgia will be a force -- as always -- in 2010 college tennis.
The 2009-2010 Georgia Bulldogs men's tennis team with current head coach Manuel Diaz rank among the nation's best. With 4 NCAA team championships under his belt, Coach Manuel Diaz is the only NCAA Division I coach with more than one championship.
The Bulldogs have a history of 8 national championships from 1985 through 2008. In 2007 they were both indoor and NCAA Division I champions.
With 6 NCAA team championships the Bulldogs rank 2nd all-time. They became the 6th team in the history of the indoor championships in 2007 to successfully defend the ITA Indoor title. In addition the squad won twenty five regular season championships, thirty two Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships, and 7 SEC tournament championships.
Athens, Georgia has hosted the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship twenty four times in the past thirty five years, including every year from 1977 to 1989 and 2007. If that wasn't sweet enough all UGA's NCAA team championships were won in Athens, with 2008 being the only exception.
Some have said, in predicting college tennis that the Georgia Bulldogs would not be in running for another crown in 2009. They debunked that prediction by advancing to the finals in the National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago.
The Bulldogs held their place in the top programs with a 25-4 record and a final national ranking of number 6.
Georgia maintained its winning streak in 2009, they had 62 consecutive wins. Did you know that since April 2005 the Bulldogs have won every dual match at home? They can attribute this to a winning attitude and a strong team ethic.
Outstanding Individuals Junior Nate Schnugg led George with a singles record of 37-15 and a 32-12 record in doubles with Jamie Hunt.
Senior captain Josh Varela displayed his leadership skills in this outstanding year with a 30-9 record including his 14-3 in the number 3 spot in the lineup.
Sophomore Javier Garrapiz gave a stellar showing in dual matches, gaining 21-3 at number 2 and number 3 with an overall of 33-9.
The Coming Prospects for 2011 It was announced by Coach Diaz that they have 2 new prospects joining the Georgia Bulldogs in 2011; Garrett Brasseaux of Mandeville, La., and Campbell Johnson of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Diaz said "Garrett and Campbell are great additions to our program. We will certainly count on them to carry our program forward as we compete for national and conference championships in the years to come. They are both accomplished players in singles and doubles and they continue to improve daily. Garrett and Campbell have great upside. They are good kids and good competitors, and we are looking forwards to having them in the program."
Brasseaux is the number 1 player in Louisiana and number 17 in the country. He is a senior at St. Paul's School.
Johnson is ranked at number 6 in California and nationally number 18. He is a senior at Bridgeway Academy.
There is no doubt that this team is on its way to another stellar season in 2011 and will successfully defend and maintain there winning streak.
The Georgia's men's tennis team, historically the best team of the country, had two consecutive magnificent seasons in 2007 and 2008.
The SEC and NCAA champion Georgia's men's tennis team finished the 2007 season ranked 1 nationally with 32-0 overall record.The 2008 season was a season of repeat performance for the team in every sense of the word.It earned the third consecutive SEC Championship , second consecutive NCAA Championship and finished ranked 1 nationally with 27-3 overall record.Three Georgia players Schnugg, Flores and Hunt were also named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. For the 2009 season the Georgia's men's tennis team will have such following six nationally ranked players as Nate Schnugg, Jamie Hunt, Christian Vitulli, Javier Garrapiz, Drake Bernstein and Josh Varela.The two-time defending national champion Georgia men's tennis team starts the 2009 mission under the head coach Manuel Diaz.
Last Season's Discussion:
Georgia Bulldogs tennis is undoubtedly the best in the SEC. The 2008 SEC preseason tennis poll predicts that Georgia will win the SEC East again. It also has the Bulldog ladies coming in second in the SEC East.
Scary serve from Georgia's John Isner. Thanks to klondike_kid at flickr.com for the picture.
Georgia Men's Tennis:
Georgia's men's tennis team ended up ranked #1 in the nation (and undefeated) at the end of the 2007 season. The Bulldogs went on to win the 2007 NCAA championship -- again.
But, 2008 will be a new challenge. In fact, the preseason polls actually predict that Ole Miss will end up #1 overall in the SEC, with UGA 2d. We'll see.
Georgia wins 2007 NCAA Tennis Championship. Thanks to klondike_kid at flickr.com for the picture.
The Georgia Bulldogs men's tennis team roster for 2008 is:
Brad Benedict/senior out of Norcross, Georgia, height 6'1
Drake Bernstein/ freshman out of Winder, Georgia. height 5'10
Luis Flores/senior out of Xalapa,Mexico. height 6'2
Travis Helgeson/senior out of Overland Park, Kansas, height 6'1
Alex Hill/junior out of Atlanta, Georgia, height 6'2
Jamie Hunt/junior out of San Antonio, Texas, height 5'9
chris Motes/junior out of Augusta, Georgia, height 6'0
Nate Schnugg/junior out of Medford, Oregon. height 6'3
Joshua Varela/senior out of Watkinsvills, Georgia, height 5'7
Christian Vitulli/junior out of Mombasa, Kenya, height 6'0
The key singles players for the Georgia men last season were
John Isner (ended up ranked 2d nationally); Luis Flores (ranked 9th) and
Travis Helgeson (ranked 11th).
Georgia is led by head tennis coach Manuel Diaz and assistant coach Will
Georgia's Tennis Coach Diaz celebrates. Thanks to Klondike Kid for this photo.
Georgia Bulldog's Women's Tennis:
Lady Bulldog prepares for tennis serve. Thanks to us2briggs at flickr.com for the picture.
The Lady Bulldog's tennis team had a great win this past fall against their
in-state rival at the 2007 Georgia Tech Invitational. Georgia won 9 matches
and had only 5 losses.
The head coach for the Georgia Bulldogs tennis -- women's team is Jeff Wallace
and he is proud of the excellent performance the team has shown. The assistant
coach is Frank Polito.
The Georgia bulldogs tennis women's team roster for 2007-2008 is:
-Monika Dancevic/junior out of Canada, height 5'9
-Cameron Ellis/freshman out of Rosewell, Georgia, height 5'8
-Adrienne Elsberry/sophomore out of Athens, Georgia, height 5'8
-Kelley Hyndman/senior out of Bradenton, Florida, height 5'9
-Yvette Hyndman/sophomore out of Bradenton, Florida, height 5'11
-Naoko ueshima/sophomore out of Japan, height 5'6
To further bolster Georgia tennis' claim as the best in the country, at the
end of the 2007 season, the Lady Bulldogs were ranked 4th in the nation.
UGA tennis player ready for serve. Thanks to us2briggs at flickr.com for the picture.