Athens, GA - The University of Georgia women’s tennis team maintained its No. 2 spot in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis rankings released by the ITA Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (17-2) lead the Southeastern Conference with a 7-1 league mark and have three matches remaining in the regular season. Georgia will play host to 17th-ranked Vanderbilt Friday at 5 p.m. and then 23rd-ranked Kentucky here Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and the first 250 fans at Friday’s match will receive a free Georgia women’s tennis t-shirt.
On Friday, Georgia will recognize its former letterwinners in town for a reunion. Several members of the 2000 national championship team are slated to attend along with one Bulldog from the 1994 national championship squad. The former Bulldogs returning to Athens include: Kelly Baskin (1996-97,‘99-00), Agata Cioroch (2001-04), Lori Grey (2000-03), Christa Grey Macsay (1998-01), Kelley Hyndman (2005-08), Darya Ivanov (2006-07), Marianna Land Taylor (1993-95), Anne Nguyen (2000-03), Evgenia Subbotina Dockter (2003-06) and Mariel Verban DeYoung (2001-02).
On Sunday, Georgia will honor its lone senior, Monika Dancevic. A two-time All-SEC selection, Dancevic is 105-42 in her singles career and 95-51 in doubles. A native of Thorold, Ontario, she is 27-11 in singles this year including 7-1 in the SEC. Also, she plays number two doubles with junior Yvette Hyndman, and they are 4-0 in the SEC.
Currently, Georgia ranks fourth nationally in the annual ITA Attendance Race behind Texas A&M, Alabama and Michigan. The Bulldogs had the highest attendance for a match in March when 566 fans watched Georgia crush Georgia Tech 6-1. The largest attendance for a women’s match this year has been 627 for the South Florida-Texas A&M contest.
The SEC leads all conferences with eight teams in this week’s top 25 rankings. The Bulldogs finish the regular season at 13th-ranked Tennessee on April 18, and the Volunteers are right behind Georgia at 6-2 in the SEC.
Georgia has the best-combined national ranking of the 12 schools that have both their programs ranked in this week's top 25. Jeff Wallace's women's team is at No. 2 while Manuel Diaz's men's team checks in at No. 5 for a combined ranking of 3.5. The next closest programs are Baylor at 5.0 (women are No. 3 and the men are No. 7) and Southern California at 7.5 (men are No. 6 and the women are No. 9).