UGA Men’s Tennis: Bulldogs Set For Round Of 16
May 17, 2017
ATHENS, Ga. — The 12th-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team will take on the No. 4 seed, Southern California, in Thursday’s Round of 16 of the NCAA Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The match is set for a 4 p.m. start.
The Bulldogs (20-7, 11-1 SEC) and Trojans (27-5, 5-2 Pac-12) each hosted first- and second-round matches May 12-13 before advancing to the Round of 16. Georgia defeated Florida A&M, 4-0, before taking down No. 22 South Florida, 4-1. The Trojans earned a sweep in each of the first two rounds with 4-0 wins over Denver and No. 30 Wisconsin.
This will be the second-consecutive season in which the two schools met in the Round of 16, following last year’s thrilling 4-3, come-from-behind victory for the Bulldogs. Then-senior Austin Smith trailed 5-3 in the third set with the match tied at 3-3, before coming back and clinching what Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz at the time called “without a doubt… one of the best college tennis matches” he had ever been a part of.The two teams also met earlier this season as part of the SEC/Pac-12 Showdown. USC got the better of the Bulldogs with a 4-0 win.RANKINGS
Georgia is currently ranked 12th in the Oracle/ITA team rankings and sits at No. 8 in the USTA Top 25. In singles rankings, Wayne Montgomery leads the Bulldogs at No. 33, followed by Nathan Ponwith at No. 56. Emil Reinberg is ranked 59th.