Posted: 9:13 am Monday, April 21st, 2014

Rewind: UGA teams bring home championship trophies 

By Chip Towers

Georgia's equestrian team leaped over South Carolina in Waco, Texas, this past weekend to win its sixth national championship. (UGA photo by John Kelley).

Georgia’s equestrian team leaped over South Carolina in Waco, Texas, this past weekend to win its sixth national championship. (UGA photo by John Kelley).

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – It was a productive weekend for UGA athletics when it comes to collecting hardware.

The Bulldogs claimed two championships over the weekend. The women’s tennis team completed an impressive run through the SEC tournament with a win over top-seeded and No. 3-ranked Alabama in the finals on Sunday to claim that title. Meanwhile, the equestrian team won its NCEA national championship when it defeated South Carolina in Waco, Texas.

Both victories were especially sweet as each avenged bitter late-season losses. The equestrian team thought it had defeated top-ranked South Carolina earlier this month at the SEC Championships only to have to return the trophy after a scoring error was discovered. The rematch was equally as close as it ended 8-8 and was decided on judges’ points 2,323-2,219. It was the sixth national championship for the Bulldogs and first since 2010..

“I could not be more proud of how these riders performed, especially in pressure situations,” said coach Meghan Boenig, who has overseen all six championships. “For the first time, this competition has been about the entire team and we had outstanding efforts from every single person on the team today. This is a ‘hunker down’ group that has competed to the very last point in every single ride in every single meet this season. They have never given up and I am so proud of them for that.”

The No. 6 Georgia women’s tennis team (21-4) won its seventh SEC tournament title by avenging a loss last week to Alabama with a gritty 4-0 victory.  The Bulldogs beat No. 53 LSU and No. 11 Vanderbilt in the days leading up to Sunday’s win.

“For the second day in a row, to come back and beat a team that beat us earlier in the year and to do it 4-0 is great,” coach Jeff Wallace said. “I’m proud of this team. I thought everyone played great tennis today. We played a really great doubles point and that gave us a lot of momentum headed into singles. We did a great job out there in every singles match. All of our players did such a great job and really supported each other. This sets us up nicely for our next big tournament in our own backyard.”

Georgia’s enigmatic men’s tennis team was not quite as fortunate. The SEC’s regular-season champions were upset by Vanderbilt 4-2 in the quarterfinals in Nashville on Friday.

UGA is again host of the NCAA tennis championships. The men and women will each host first- and second-round matches the weekend of May 9-11, then the championship rounds will be held May 15-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Georgia’s gymnastics team also came up short at the national championships. The Gym Dogs made it to the Super Six but ended up finishing fifth overall. Florida and Oklahoma tied for the national title, oddly enough.

Here’s a question for discussion for UGA fans: How much do these SEC championships in women’s and non-revenue sports matter to you?

 

166 comments
DawgNole
DawgNole

gtcaryd

10 hours ago

I would hope the women's and non-revenue sports would always matter, these athlete's work just as hard as the athlete's in the revenue sports. And to them and their families they are just as important. Congats on bringing home the metal.

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True that, gtc. 

Very happy for them--and certainly pleased that they won and brought the hardware home to UGA!

But I'd STILL trade 100 of those trophies for another NC in football--or basketball, for that matter.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Doesn't matter if it's checkers.....competing against another school, right?

Bulldog Pride.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I'll support Georgia in all sports and academics.

GeorgiaSECFan
GeorgiaSECFan

I'm a DAWG!  If it is hop scotch, tag, or hide & seek, I want The Big Trophy! Coach Bobo hang Half a Hundred on the Shamecocks, Coach Pruitt sack 'sos' 'spurrier on shingle's qb 10 times! GATA!

johnnyquest
johnnyquest

I think the "non-revenue" sports absolutely matter.  You hold the football team to championships, you have to hold the rest of the coaching community to the same standards.  Problem is, we're not winning NC's in football or basketball or baseball for that matter, sports that do produce revenue - although with baseball probably not a whole lot.  But the point is, if you hold your revenue generating teams and coaching accountable for reaching the NC's, you must do the same to the remainder of the sports teams that compete at the NC level.  


I think if you ask ANY of these coaches on the non-revenue sports how difficult it is to win a NC at that level, you'll find the same amount of sweat equity in each of their responses, just without the glare of the TV cameras.  and we all know with the advent of the SEC network next year, alot of the non-revenue sports will learn what it means to be revenue-generating...so they matter to me.

RandyHall
RandyHall

Congrats to these Teams.....TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC....keep a eye on all the very good OL in the state going to other schools....thank you Mr Friend....I will reiterate that statement if Edoga or Kim choose UGA as their school of choice!!! 

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

THEEEEE Ohio State has the best education in the history of the world so of course I can count.  2014 National Champs!  On my way over sweetie!

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

I am hoping one day delusionaldog, aka thebuckeye, shares with all of us what he did to get banned and had to change his name.  No worries the buckeye, I plan on doing my new name tomorrow so we can have the same handle again!  Hang in there sweetie!

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

35 of 111 posts by that POAD kid?  Wow.

Yankee23
Yankee23

Ok, I am going to admit that I have absolutely no business coming to this comment section ever. The question was how much do these SEC championships matter to you?  I did not see one response pertaining to this. It is all about seeing how much each one can insult the other.  This should be about pride in all of the accomplishments of the DAWG athletes who represent GEORGIA; it has nothing to do with any other team. For our family, GO DAWGS and may the athlete accomplish their dream!

POAD2014
POAD2014

I'm dancing in the front pasture.....KingDaddy now known as KeenDaddy.........just set up a Date for me to meet Bulldog 350dog. I need suggestions from you dog fans. Should I fake like I care and actually take him to dinner or just make him feel at home and meet him in the GYM Shower? Reading his posts I think the SANDUSKY thing is up is alley but I don't want 350 to feel used. I guess at least a Drink would make him feel better about getting BUZZED?

Grant1296
Grant1296

Where's dawg nole,tech,Clemson auburn,gaytor. ,vols, Miami, Mizzoo, game chicken today ???

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

@Delusionaldog  I owe you a trophy after that performance last night THEBuckeye.  Was good to see you again.  Glad we finally got some alone time!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg  but you know those UGa Dog girls can RIDE. That is why boys from all the colleges visit UGA on the drunk'n weekends...it is FDAU all over campus.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg That's generally how it goes, your school competes against other school's.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@RandyHall  The GREATEST coach at UGa winning Championships is S Yoculan and she is a drinking woman living with a married man. 

Richt and BOBO are Clean living and no NO NADA Championships. 

God does have a sense of humor.

Look at how he gives money & fame to...the Kardashians and the Hiltons.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

I bet you wish you could French Kizz that horse! Lol.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

What a stupid story you have dreamed up. You are most definitely certifiable insane...just what have you been diagnosed with? Are you manic depressive? Poad+Sandusky.....2 lovers 2ogether forever! Hahahahahaha!

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

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by DawgNole     14 hours ago :


" Not a discrete bone in that guy's body. "


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TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@POAD2014 @HotDawg POAD, I thought you are a Christian.


Guess not.

HotDawg
HotDawg

That was rhetorical......

why so testy lately gtcaryd?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Sounds like you and buckeyes1 are rekindling yours vows! Lol

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Whatever...you're one of the ring leaders! I bet your father was a possum! Lol.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@gtcaryd @THEBuckeyes1  

Nah, "Book it!" is the clear winner in the tiresome race. And in the moron race, the idiot race, the imbecile race, etc.

thebucket
thebucket

@POAD2014 @TheOldGuy So because some girls at UGA (just like a lot of other places) don't act virtuously, that means you can demean the entire female population of UGA? Stay classy, but then again we shouldn't expect anything less from a guy with your blog name.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TheOldGuy As much as you irritate me at times, you are correct on this one. Bush League comment by POAD. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheOldGuy you can't impugn the virtue of a woman if she is above reproach because no person will believe you, but a woman of questionable character it is easy to besmirch because it is already questionable. The answers on the questionnaires filled out to rank the top party schools puts all UGa women in the questionable character category.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@POAD2014 @TheOldGuy You know you were wrong to say what you did even if you choose not to admit it.  You don' talk about other peoples' children that way and you don't demean women in general. It is wrong.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheOldGuy if she is a lady of virtue then people can't say those things about her with any truth.  Calling a spade a spade isn't wrong if it is based in truth is it?

I can't remember the name of the dorm right now...i think it was Russell and the girls on the 5th floor named their hall the SL.T Deck because guys were coming and going like planes on a flight deck. My friends wife like the name because that meant all the girls on their hall got invited to all the parties...1985-87


TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@POAD2014 @TheOldGuy Sounds to me like you are just making an excuse for saying something that you should not say about other people's daughters. If you have a daughter, I am sure you would not want people to make those type of comments about her.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheOldGuy IF their daughters didn't purport themselves in that way then UGa wouldn't always rank in the top 10 of PARTY SCHOOLS now would they?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg I dont really know, maybe it's 350? He can make anyone testy.