ATHENS--- The Georgia women’s tennis team finished the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released Tuesday.
National champion Stanford claimed the top spot followed by Florida, Texas A&M, North Carolina and the Bulldogs rounded out the top five teams.
The Bulldogs (24-4) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships last week in Urbana, Ill, falling to the Cardinal. In head coach Jeff Wallace’s 28 years at the helm, Georgia has finished as a top-five team 13 times. Georgia won a share of the 2013 SEC regular season title as the Bulldogs, Gators and Aggies all went 12-1 in league play. It marked the ninth SEC title in school history including the eighth under Wallace.
Three Bulldogs earned All-America honors by virtue of their seeding and performance at the NCAA Championships last week. Sophomore Lauren Herring, the sixth seed, earned it for stellar singles play, reaching the quarterfinals and posting a final record of 38-7. Also, the top-seeded doubles team of junior Kate Fuller and freshman Silvia Garcia advanced to the quarterfinals, ending the year with a 26-4 mark.
Final singles and doubles national rankings will be released on June 5. The NCAA Tennis Championships return to Athens in 2014.