School is out for summer, for most folks at least. But the UGA athletic calendar is yet to be finalized as a few teams are still finishing up their seasons. One of which will be looking to earn their way to the NCAA Championship in Athens this afternoon.
Country Club U has been sludging through the bad news (not including the fact that the perennial home of the NCAA Tennis Championships won’t be hosting this event for at least the next five year). The women fell early to Pepperdine, with Florida and Vandy squaring off in one semifinal this afternoon alonng with Ohio State and Stanford in the other. Both will get going at 4, on the Dan Magill Courts in Athens. Juniors Ellen Perez and Kennedy Shaffer, along with freshman Elena Christofi are in the individual singles championships later this week, with Perez and senior Caroline Brinson joining the Christofi/Shaffer duo in the doubles bracket. Brinson is currently listed as an alternate for the individual bracket that will be released tomorrow.
The men are still active, and by active I mean like as I type. They upset Southern Cal and UCLA over the weekend, and are playing catch up on North Carolina in the semifinals on their home courts. Virginia is leading Ohio St for the chance to face the winner tomorrow at 1. ESPN U will televise both the men’s and women’s final matches, with the ladies starting at 5 following the men.
Like the ladies, the men failed to make it out of their NCAA regional, putting an end to their 2017 campaign.
The Lady Diamond Dawgs saw their season come to a close as well, dropping the final game to host Florida State at their NCAA regional on Sunday.
The Diamond Dawgs are still going, with an opening round matchup in the SEC Tournament with 18th-ranked Mississippi St tomorrow at 9 p.m. The SEC Network will air all the action from Hoover, Alabama, with Scott Stricklin’s pups getting hot at just the right time. They’ve won series over highly ranked Kentucky, Mississippi St, and now South Carolina over the last three weekends, with two of the three coming on the road.
TRACK AND FIELD
Nate McBride, Tray Bishop, and other future performers between the hedges had a great day at the GHSA state track meet, coming home loaded with gold. Those currently donning the red and black will be in Lexington, Ky starting Thursday for the NCAA East Prelims, looking to earn the shot for an NCAA title at the Championships next month in Oregon.
And to end on a dour note, Mark Fox is looking for some help as former assistant Yasir Rosemond is taking his talents to Tuscaloosa.
And as always, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!