Feb. 10, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The fourth-ranked University of Georgia men's tennis team improved to 5-0 on the 2012 season with a 6-1 win over William & Mary Friday afternoon at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts.
The visiting Tribe falls to 6-6 on the season with the loss.
Georgia won doubles for the fifth straight time while sophomore Hernus Pieters captured the match clincher for the first time this season. Redshirt freshman Eric Diaz saw the first dual match action of his career, winning at No. 6 singles.
"It's great to see the guys playing so well," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We played really well in doubles and I thought we played a very complete match. The guys have a lot of confidence right now heading into our match Tuesday vs. Georgia Tech. They beat us last year for the first time in 24 years. The guys are wanting it and we know it will be a big challenge."
Georgia got rolling in doubles with an 8-3 win from Diaz and Campbell Johnson, playing together for the first time in a dual match and the fourth time overall, beating Ben Hoogland and Adrian Vodislav at No. 3. That pair was followed by Pieters and Sadio Doumbia at No. 1, who beat John Banks and Jacob Braig also 8-3 to clinch the point. The Bulldogs completed the doubles sweep as Ignacio Taboada and Nathan Pasha won 8-6 over Anton Andersson and Will Juggins at No. 2.
Heading to singles, the Bulldogs went up 2-0 as 10th-ranked Doumbia topped Vodislav 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 for his team-leading 22nd win of the season. He was followed up by KU Singh's 6-1, 6-2 win over Andersson at No. 2 to make it 3-0, before Pieters added the clinching victory with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hoogland at No. 4.
The Bulldogs kept rolling and made it 5-0 as No. 26 Taboada downed Banks by a 6-2, 7-5 score at the No. 3 spot, before the Tribe earned their lone point at No. 5 when Juggins edged Campbell Johnson 6-4, 6-4. Georgia completed the day with a win for Diaz at No. 6, with the Athenian going 6-2, 6-2 over former Clemson standout Robert Pietrucha for his first career win in dual match play and his 10th win of the season.
Georgia will remain at home for one more, hosting in-state foe Georgia Tech on Tues., Feb. 14 at 4 p.m., before the squad heads to the ITA National Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 17-20.
#4 Georgia 6, William & Mary 1
1. #10 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Adrian Vodislav (WM) 6-0, 6-1
2. KU Singh (UGA) def. Anton Andersson (WM) 6-1, 6-2
3. #26 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. John Banks (WM) 6-2, 7-5
4. #64 Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Ben Hoogland (WM) 6-2, 6-2
5. Will Juggins (WM) def. #101 Campbell Johnson (UGA) 6-4, 6-4
6. Eric Diaz (UGA) def. Robert Pietrucha (WM) 6-2, 6-2
1. Sadio Doumbia/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. John Banks/Jacob Braig (WM) 8-3
2. Ignacio Taboada/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Anton Andersson/Will Juggins (WM) 8-6
3. Eric Diaz/Campbell Johnson (UGA) def. Ben Hoogland/Adrian Vodislav (WM) 8-3
William & Mary 6-6
Georgia 5-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)
Official: Walt Williams T-2:30 A-217