Head coach Manuel Diaz
Feb. 12, 2011
ATLANTA --- The Georgia men’s tennis team won the doubles point but went on to drop a five-hour grinder to Georgia Tech, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center in Atlanta.
The loss was Georgia’s first against Georgia Tech since 1988 and snapped the Bulldogs’ 24-match winning streak over the Yellow Jackets. It was head coach Manuel Diaz’s first loss to Tech since he took the reigns.
“We played a classic today,” Diaz said. “This was a great college match. Both teams had opportunities to win but they made the big plays when it mattered. Give Tech credit. We have to bounce back with the heart of the Bulldog and I know we will.”
No. 11 Georgia falls to 5-2 on the season and 0-2 on the road, while 21st-ranked Georgia Tech improves to 6-1.
Georgia started the day hot, winning the doubles points with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. First off was the No. 1 team of 14th-ranked Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters, who defeated the No. 8 team of Kevin King and Juan Spir, 8-4, to improve to 4-2 on the season. That was followed by an 8-6 win at No. 3 for Wil Spencer and Drake Bernstein over Guillermo Gomez and Dean O’Brien to stay perfect at 6-0. The No. 2 team of Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada trailed Tech’s Eliot Potvin and Ryan Smith, 6-4, when the match was suspended and Georgia took an early 1-0 lead heading to singles.
It became knotted at 1-1 as Garrapiz fell to No. 48 Spir, 6-3, 6-4. Georgia then took a 2-1 lead as 47th-ranked Doumbia defeated Potvin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, securing the junior’s team-leading 22nd win of the season.
Next off was court one, where Spencer was bested by 12th-ranked Gomez, 7-5, 6-3, as the score was tied again at 2-2. It would stay there a while, as Bernstein overcame a 6-3 first-set deficit to force three sets and rallied to earn a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over King, pushing Bernstein to 18-5 on the year and giving Georgia a 3-2 lead with two courts still on.
The freshman Pieters went down 5-2 early in the first set at No. 5, but came back to force a tiebreaker vs. Magin Ortiga. Ortiga pulled it out, 7-2, and defeated Pieters 6-3 in the second set to tie the score at 3-3, with the decider set to come at No. 6 between Taboada and O’Brien.
Taboada won the first set 6-4, but O’Brien rallied for a 6-3 win in the second. Taboada took a 4-3 lead in the third set and broke O’Brien to take a 5-3 lead with the chance to serve for the match. But O’Brien broke back to make it 5-4 and fought off two match points to hold and tie it at 5-5. O’Brien then broke the Georgia junior again to take a 6-5 lead and closed it out 7-5 to give Georgia Tech its fourth singles win on the day and the historic win over the Bulldogs.
Georgia is now 57-9 all-time vs. Georgia Tech and 50-2 since 1969.
The Bulldogs are next in action Feb. 18-21 at the ITA National Indoors in Seattle. Georgia is still awaiting its seeding for the tournament. Follow along with the Georgia Tennis Live Chat as long as the Bulldogs are in action on the West Coast.
#21 Georgia Tech 4, #11 Georgia 3
1. #12 Guillermo Gomez (GT) def. #53 Wil Spencer (UGA) 7-5, 6-3
2. #48 Juan Spir (GT) def. #13 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) 6-3, 6-4
3. #47 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Eliot Potvin (GT) 6-2, 6-3
4. Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Kevin King (GT) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
5. Magin Ortiga (GT) def. #119 Hernus Pieters (UGA) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
6. Dean O'Brien (GT) def. Ignacio Taboada (UGA) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
1. #14 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. #8 Kevin King/Juan Spir (GT) 8-4
2. Eliot Potvin/Ryan Smith (GT) vs. #23 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) 6-4, unfinished
3. Wil Spencer/Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Guillermo Gomez/Dean O'Brien (GT) 8-6
Georgia 5-2; National ranking #11
Georgia Tech 6-1; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,1,4,5,6)