Georgia rolled through its 2012 SEC schedule, posting a 10-1 record. The only loss was a 4-3 heartbreaker to Kentucky, the team the Bulldogs would later defeat to win the SEC Tournament. UGA posted three shutouts in conference action, including 7-0 wins over Tennessee, Arkansas and Vanderbilt. During the SEC slate, head coach Manuel Diaz also notched the 550th win of his storied career.
Post Season Highlights
Georgia claimed its 34th SEC title with a 4-1 over Kentucky in the SEC Tournament in Starkville, Miss. The win helped the Bulldogs secure the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Championships, which were played in Athens. UGA cruised into the round of 16 with regional round wins over South Carolina State and Florida State. Georgia then won its round of 16 match-up, 4-0, over North Carolina, before falling 4-3 to Pepperdine in the quarterfinals. Georgia was playing in its 34th tournament and 29th in a row - the third-longest active streak in the nation behind just UCLA (36) and Southern Cal (35).
Senior Wil Spencer defeated Kentucky star Eric Quigley - who went on to play for the NCAA singles title later in the year - in straight sets to claim the 2011 Southern Intercollegiate Championships singles title in Athens in September, sparking a strong fall in which the Florida native went 20-4. One of the three â€œmajorsâ€ in college tennis, the All-America Championships held each year in Tulsa, Okla., brings out college tennisâ€™ top talent. The Bulldogs sent five players, including Spencer, who reached the finals. Later on, in the second big tournament of the fall, the USTA/ITA National Indoors, Georgiaâ€™s Spencer and Sadio Doumbia played one another in the finals of the consolation draw, with Spencer taking the title, 7-6(7), 6-3.
Georgia had no shortage of awards and honors in 2012, highlighted by the All-America recognition for Spencer and Singh. Spencer was an All-America for the second year in a row by entering the singles draw seeded 1-16 and by reaching the round of 16, while Singh took home his first award by finishing ranked in the ITA top-20. Five Bulldogs earned All-SEC honors including Spencer and Singh on the first team, Doumbia and Taboada on the second team, and Pasha - who also won four SEC Rookie of the Week awards throughout the season - was named All-Freshman. Pasha was later named the ITAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Southeast Region Rookie of the Year, while Spencer was named the regionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Senior of the Year
Head coach Manuel Diaz – in his 24th season at the helm of the Bulldogs – collected the sixth Wilson/ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor of his career, while associate head coach Will Glenn earned his second Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year award since 2010. Diaz and Glenn led Georgia to a 26-3 record and the program’s eighth SEC Tournament title in 2012, while Diaz collected the 550th win of his career this season vs. Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs reached the semifinals of the ITA National Indoors in Charlottesville, Va., and went 13-3 against the ITA top-25.