SEC men's tennis concludes season at NCAA quarterfinals
The 2023 spring season has come to an end for SEC men's tennis teams. In delayed quarterfinal action of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship, the remaining SEC teams were defeated.
Kentucky men's tennis (27-5) saw a historic 2023 campaign come to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats were topped, 4-2 by Virginia (28-4) in the NCAA quarterfinals in a match which spanned two days and lasted more than 3.5 hours in all.
This year marked the sixth time in program history in which Kentucky reached the national quarterfinals. It is also the first time in which the Wildcats have made been among the final eight teams in consecutive seasons after reaching the national championship match a year ago.
The University of Georgia men's tennis team took the doubles point and won at two of the top three singles courts, but it was not enough in a 4-3 loss to No. 3 Ohio State on Friday in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Georgia ends the season with a 23-7 record after going a perfect 12-0 during the Southeastern Conference campaign. The Bulldogs made the NCAA quarterfinals for the 27th time in 35 years under head coach Manuel Diaz.
No. 8 South Carolina men's tennis saw their season come to an end on Friday, falling to No. 1 Texas 4-0 in the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 22-7 overall record. The match was an unconventional one with play beginning on Thurs., May 18, but being forced to postpone until the next day after inclement weather swept through the area.
The Gamecocks were only able to record one singles set win on the day with No. 10 Samuel hanging a set on the nation's No. 1 player Spizzirri in a 7-6(4) tiebreaker. They were even in the second set when play was suspended.
While the team season is officially over for the conference, the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments begin on Monday, May 22. Draws will be announced over the weekend.
|Kentucky vs Virginia (Orlando, FL)||L 2-4|
|Georgia vs Ohio State (Orlando, FL)||L 3-4|
|South Carolina vs Texas (Orlando, FL)||L 0-4|