Jan. 16, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. --- For the third straight season the Georgia men’s tennis team was represented in both the singles and doubles finals at the SEC Coaches Indoor Championships, but the Bulldogs fell just short Monday at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center.
Starting the day out in doubles, the eighth-ranked team of senior Wil Spencer and sophomore Garrett Brasseaux fell by an 8-3 score to Ole Miss’ team of twins Chris and Marcel Thiemann. Spencer and Brasseaux reached the finals with a pair of wins yesterday over two ranked Florida Gator teams.
Then in the singles final, 10th-ranked Sadio Doumbia was edged by the host Wildcats’ No. 36 Anthony Rossi, 6-4, 6-3. Doumbia used two wins yesterday – including a quarterfinal victory over his teammate KU Singh – to reach today’s championship match vs. the fellow Frenchman.
“We were just outplayed in both singles and doubles – our opponents played extremely well,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “But like I told our guys, this doesn’t take anything away from the great weekend we had. There’s something to be said for having representatives in both finals for the third straight year. We need to make some adjustments and continue to work hard, and we’re looking ahead now to the start of the dual match season.”
In 2010, Javier Garrapiz played for the singles title while Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt reached in doubles. Last season, the Bulldogs pulled off the SEC Indoor sweep as Spencer won the singles crown and the team of Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters claimed doubles.
Georgia opens match play this weekend, hosting Clemson on Sat., Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts.