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Exhibition adds spice to WLOCP for Diamond Dawgs

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAR 17 Georgia at LSU Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In what’s hopefully a staple of the WLOCP going forward, Georgia and Florida faced off on Friday night for a baseball exhibition- some 8,600 were in attendance. The result withstanding, the atmosphere can do nothing but help Georgia’s players - other than playing at Arkansas or LSU, you likely can’t recreate an atmosphere like that, and the Dawgs are better for it.

Women’s soccer, following a regular season in which a defensive improvement was makred by seven shutouts, heads to the SEC tourney seeded sixth. Georgia plays third seed South Carolina on Tuesday. The conference has also awarded All-SEC honors, with defender Kayla Brewer and forward Chloe Chapman, also part of the women’s basketball team, collecting recognition.

A four-set win on Sunday against Tennessee gave the Volley Dawgs a season sweep of the Volunteers. Georgia (17-5, 9-2) hosts ranked teams this week - Kentucky on Friday and Mizzou on Sunday.

Georgia sophomore Trent Phillips worked overtime to secure the first victory of his collegiate career on Sunday in the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational.

On the same day that former Bulldog All-American Brendon Todd ran away with the PGA Tour’s Bermuda Championship, Phillips needed seven extra holes to dispatch Oklahoma’s Quade Cummins. On the decisive hole, Phillips rolled in a birdie putt to claim medalist honors.

In his career, Phillips had finished second once and third four times.

In spite of 14 individual wins, the Swim Dawgs fell short during the weekend to Florida, 163-118 on the men’s side with the Lady Dawgs losing 164.5 - 135.5

For the Georgia women, Zoie Hartman continued her red-hot start, winning three races with b-cut times in each one. Andrew Abruzzo broke his personal best mark in the 1000 freestyle, his 8:59.25 time also being the eight-best in school history.

And on the ice...the Dawgs also found success in Jacksonville.

Go Dawgs!