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UGA's busy spring weekend: National title coming?

ATHENS - If you're looking for an NCAA postseason event, you won't have much trouble around UGA this weekend.

There are 32 men's and women's tennis teams in town for the NCAA championships, with national champs being crowned next week.

And Georgia has a good chance to be one of those champs.

Meantime, there are two other NCAA regionals in the Athens environs this weekend, while the Georgia baseball team is one state away, hoping to improve its postseason chances.



Here's a look at each spring sport as it enters a pivotal weekend for pretty much every team:



Men's tennis

The national championship will be decided in Athens over the next week, and the Bulldogs are one of the favorites.



Georgia is the nation's No. 2 seed, and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 with wins over South Carolina State and Florida State last weekend. (The Bulldogs lost just one team point in those two matches.)



On Friday, Georgia opens against No. 15 North Carolina. The winner advances to the quarterfinals on Sunday, at 4 p.m., against the Pepperdine-Tulsa winner.



The final two rounds then take place in Athens on Monday and Tuesday.



Women's tennis

While not as highly-ranked as their male counterparts, the Georgia women also have a spot in this weekend's championship festivities.



The Bulldogs are ranked No. 6 in the nation, and will take on No. 11 Texas on Thursday at 4 p.m. in athens. The winner advances to Saturday's quarterfinal, against either No. 3 Duke or No. 14 Virginia.



Softball


Georgia is hosting Coastal Carolina this weekend in an NCAA regional. The winner advances to a super-regional, with th winner of that making softball's College World Series.





The Bulldogs (41-15) are the No. 10 national seed in the NCAA touranment, and were No. 11 in the final regular season poll by USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Men's golf

The Bulldogs are hosting an NCAA regional from Thursday-Saturday at the UGA Golf Course. There are 13 teams competing at the regional, including Alabama (the nation's second-ranked team) and Augusta State (the defending national champion). The top five teams advance to the NCAA championships, which are May 30-June 3 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Georgia is the fourth seed in this weekend's regional, and ranked No. 25 in the country, according to Golfweek magazine.



Baseball

Georgia (30-22 overall) is out of town, playing at Alabama in the final regular-season action before the SEC tournament.



The Bulldogs (13-13 in the SEC) would be the sixth seed in the SEC tournament, which will be held in Hoover, Ala. (For that reason, Georgia is set to just stay in Alabama rather than returning home for a day or two.)



Georgia's chances to make the NCAA tournament seem to have improved after the weekend split with South Carolina: The respected site perfectgame.com projects Georgia as a No. 2 seed (in the regional hosted by Florida State). The Bulldogs would put themselves in even better position by winning a couple games or more at Alabama, which has the SEC's worst record.

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