Four members of the men's tennis team, Junior Garrett Brasseaux, sophomores Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha, and freshman Ben Wagland travelled to California Friday through Sunday to compete in the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic, pitting the nation's top juniors (tennis class, not academic year) against Division I college players. Your Bulldogs did well. The field of 32 players was divided into eight pools (three collegiates plus one junior). The winner from each pool then advanced to a single-elimination, 10-point tiebreak tournament. Sophomore Pasha and freshman Wagland won their respective pools. Wagland then defeated Cal's Mads Engstedt 10-4 before falling in the semifinals to Texas’s Soren Hess-Olesen, 16-14. Pasha was victorious over two consecutive Longhorn opponents in the shootout, defeating Lloyd Glasspool 10-8 followed by Hess-Olesen 16-14 to take the tournament championship.
In women's tennis, the Bulldogs were in Ann Arbor for the Wolverine Invitational Friday through Sunday, 21-23 September, joining Arizona State, Florida, Iowa, Utah, Western Michigan and Michigan. Each team played three rounds of each doubles and singles, with a points awarded to determine tournament champions. Bulldogs Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase were co-champions of the tournament after each going 3-0 in singles play.
It was a split weekend in volleyball. Friday night, the Dawgs hosted Bama and emerged from the tough contest with a win 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-12) but fell to visiting Arkansas on Sunday by a score of 3-0 (16-25, 23-25, 18-25). UGA dropped to 8-5 (2-2) on the season and in a three-way tie for third place in the SEC East standings behind Florida and Mizzou and ahead of last-place Kentucky (no volleyball at Vandy?!). The Dawgs visit Mizzou and LSU this weekend.
The men's golf team came in eighth at the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational that finished Tuesday at the Capital City Club's Crabapple course in Alpharetta, which also will serve as the site of the 2013 NCAA championships. Sophomore Nick Reach finished tied for second, individually, at even par.
Georgia senior Emilie Burgher captured the individual medal at the Mason Rudolph Championship golf tournament in Nashville on Tuesday, as UGA's women's golf team finished ninth as a team. Burgher secured her even-par 216 winning score by birdiing three of her final four holes.
Georgia suffered a pair of setbacks on the road in soccer last weekend. Friday, the Dawgs were in Tuscaloosa for the conference road opener and fell to the Tide 2-1. Scoreless after the first half, Bama knocked in two quick goals in the first five minutes of the second half. UGA fought back but managed only a single goal. Then on Sunday, the team took a 4-1 loss against the Florida Gators in Gainesville. Georgia again held its opponent to a scoreless first half, but Florida came on strong in the second and scored four goals before the Dawgs managed their first in the 86th minute of play. Georgia stands at 5-5-1 (1-2-1) on the season and gets back into action this weekend with home matches against Mizzou (Friday night at 7:00) and LSU (Sunday afternoon at 4:00).
We have updates to the men's basketball television schedule. Three home games (Southern Miss, 11/15 8:00 pm, FSN; Southern Cal, 12/22 1:30 pm, FSN; and George Washington, 1/4/2012 7:00 pm, CSS) will be available as part of the SEC's television package for those who can't make it to the Steg. A complete updated schedule, including TV information is available at the UGA site.