Feb. 4, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 4 Georgia men's tennis team won its fourth straight match Saturday, downing East Tennessee State by a 6-1 score at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts.
The Bulldogs move to 4-0 on the early season, while dropping the Bucs to 0-4.
"We played a great match today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "All three of our doubles teams played great, even with playing some new combinations. Then singles was tremendous. We were challenged, especially at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. ETSU has some great talent at the top of their lineup. Sadio [Doumbia] and KU [Singh] did a tremendous job, and KU especially in the last two sets. Sadio is playing so well right now. I thought Nathan Pasha did a great job playing as high as No. 4 today, and Hernus Pieters playing at No. 3 was fantastic as well."
Georgia won the doubles point for the fourth time this season with wins on all three courts. First through was the brand new team of Garrett Brasseaux and KU Singh, who bested Robin Akser and Jeremy Bonnevalle, 8-5, at No. 3. The clinch came at No. 1, where Sadio Doumbia and Hernus Pieters beat Jesus Bandres and Sander Gille also by an 8-5 score. Pasha and Ignacio Taboada would complete the sweep with an 8-2 decision over Jorge Varon and Juan Ramirez after going up 7-0 in the match.
It became a 2-0 Georgia lead when Pasha won 6-3, 6-1 over Bonnevalle at No. 4 in a lightning quick match. He was followed by 64th-ranked Pieters at No. 3, who defeated Ramirez by a score of 6-1, 6-4 to make it 3-0.
No. 10 Doumbia then picked up the clincher for UGA with his 6-4, 6-4 win over Gille at No. 1 to make it 4-0.
Singh would make it 5-0 as he followed suit with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 decision over Bandres, rallying from the first-set loss to keep the Bulldogs rolling. 26th-ranked Ignacio Taboada was next, making it 6-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Akser. The Bucs then earned their lone point of the day as Varon came back from his first-set deficit to edge Campbell Johnson in three, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9), narrowly capturing the third-set match tiebreaker to round out the day at 6-1.
The Bulldogs are now 23-1 on the season in singles play and 9-1 in doubles.
"I think I played well today - probably the best I've played in a dual match," said Pasha after his quick win at No. 4 - his highest spot in the lineup to date. "It was good for me because I'm really starting to feel confident. The team is playing so well right now, and we're so improved from the fall. We're working hard and improving, all of us."
The Bulldogs are now 7-0 all-time against East Tennessee State, including wins in each of the last five seasons.
Georgia remains at home to host William & Mary this Friday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. Live scoring and the live chat will be available on Georgiadogs.com. Admission to the match is free to the public.
#4 Georgia 6, #64 ETSU 1
1. #10 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Sander Gille (ETSUM) 6-4, 6-4
2. KU Singh (UGA) def. Jesus Bandres (ETSUM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. #64 Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Juan Ramirez (ETSUM) 6-1, 6-4
4. Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Jeremy Bonnevalle (ETSUM) 6-3, 6-1
5. #26 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Robin Akser (ETSUM) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jorge Varon (ETSUM) def. #101 Campbell Johnson (UGA) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
1. Sadio Doumbia/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Jesus Bandres/Sander Gille (ETSUM) 8-5
2. Nathan Pasha/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Jorge Varon/Juan Ramirez (ETSUM) 8-2
3. Garrett Brasseaux/KU Singh (UGA) def. Robin Akser/Jeremy Bonnevalle (ETSUM) 8-5
ETSU 0-4; National ranking #64
Georgia 4-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,1,2,5,6)
Official: Walt Williams T-4:45 A-238