Women’s tennis claims Georgia Gwinnett’s first-ever #1 ranking
It didn’t take long for the Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies to add another milestone for their young athletics program as the GGC women’s tennis team achieved the first national number-one ranking in school history with Tuesday’s NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
The Grizzlies, who were previously ranked No. 2, knocked off NAIA No. 3 SCAD Savannah on Saturday by an 8-1 score, capping another strong week and their ascension to the top spot.
“Our women have worked extremely hard to earn this ranking,” said GGC head coach Chase Hodges. “Our program has come such a long way in a short period of time. We have played great tennis all season long and need to continue to improve.”
The Grizzlies have a 12-2 record this season and are undefeated against NAIA competition. GGC owns victories over six ranked opponents and has defeated teams at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, plus four of the nation’s top six NAIA programs. The Grizzlies began the year preseason 20th.
“This is a historic achievement for Grizzly Athletics,” said Dr. Darin S. Wilson, GGC’s Director of Athletics. “We couldn’t be prouder of the way our young women have represented our program on and off the courts.”
Georgia Gwinnett is off from competition until a home match against Bluefield State (W.V.) on Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. The Grizzlies have seven matches left in the regular season.
“(Assistant) coach Lauren Meier and I look forward to getting the women’s team prepared for the upcoming Association of Independent Institutions tournament in April and the national event in Mobile in May,” added Hodges. “We are very excited about the rest of the season.”
Meanwhile, the GGC men’s team, also led by Hodges, reached the NAIA’s No. 3 position in Tuesday’s men’s poll, which represents a new program best. The Grizzlies earned two first-place votes.