Sadio Doumbia picked up his team-leading 21st win on Sunday.
Feb. 6, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio-----The 11th-ranked Georgia men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday, falling to No. 4 Ohio State 6-1 at OSU's Varsity Tennis Center.
The Buckeyes (7-0) edged Georgia (4-1) in the doubles point then won five of six singles matches, including two in three sets, to remain unbeaten.
"They were a bit too good for us today," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "It was a great match against a great team. We fought hard in the doubles point and split the first two, but it came down to just one or two points and they were just a little too strong at No. 1."
Georgia won the first completed doubles match to gain the upper hand. After falling behind early at No. 3, Wil Spencer and Drake Bernstein fought back to beat 25th-ranked Balazs Novak and Devin McCarthy 8-6. The Bulldog tandem improved to 5-0 in dual matches and 11-3 overall.
Ohio State, however, claimed the next two matches, first at No. 2 then at No. 1 to take a 1-0 lead. At No. 2 the Buckeyes' 19th-ranked Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt held off Georgia's 23rd-ranked Ignacio Taboada and Sadio Doumbia 8-6. At No. 1 doubles, the Bulldogs' No. 14 duo of Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters led 5-3, but sixth-ranked Blaz Rola and Chase Buchanan won five of the next six games to win 8-6 and clinch the point for Ohio State.
Georgia's win in singles came at No. 3 where No. 47 Doumbia beat 34th-ranked Allare, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. For Doumbia, it was his fifth straight win and he now leads the team with 21 victories on the season. Five of his wins have come against ranked opponents.
Bernstein and Pieters also won the first sets at Nos. 4 and 5 respectively, but the Buckeyes rallied to win both matches. The clincher came at No. 1 where seventh-ranked Rola held off Spencer 6-1, 7-6.
"We competed well and had an opportunity to make some noise and put some pressure on them after winning the first set at 3 and 4," Diaz said. "Ohio State battled back and in the end they were just too good today."
The Bulldogs return home to face East Tennessee State next Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., before traveling to in-state rival Georgia Tech next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Atlanta.
#4 Ohio State 6, #11 Georgia 1
1. #6 Blaz Rola/Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. #14 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (UGA), 8-6
2. #19 Matt Allare/Peter Kobelt (OSU) def. #23 Ignacio Taboada/Sadio Doumbia (UGA), 8-6
3. Wil Spencer/Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. #25 Balazs Novak/Devin McCarthy (OSU), 8-6
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1. #7 Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #53 Wil Spencer (UGA), 6-1, 7-6
2. #63 Chase Buchanan (OSU) def. #13 Javier Garrapiz (UGA), 6-3, 6-3
3. #47 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. #34 Matt Allare (OSU), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
4. Ille Van Engelen (OSU) def. Drake Bernstein (UGA), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. #46 Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. #119 Hernus Pieters (UGA), 6-7, 6-4, 1-0(10-6)
6. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Campbell Johnson (UGA), 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 2,6,1,4,5,3