Feb. 14, 2012
ATHENS-----The fourth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team blanked Georgia Tech, 7-0, at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (6-0) beat the Yellow Jackets (4-5) for the 25th time in 26 matches dating back to 1989 and improved to 51-2 in the series since 1969.
Georgia Tech won the first completed doubles match at No. 1, where the nation's second-ranked pair of Kevin King and Juan Spir defeated eighth-ranked Garrett Brasseaux and Wil Spencer, 8-2. However, Georgia came back at No. 3 as Nathan Pasha and Ignacio Taboada cruised past Dusan Miljevic and Eduardo Segura, 8-3. Sadio Doumbia and Hernus Pieters then clinched the point for the Bulldogs at No. 2 with an 8-4 win over Vikram Hundal and Juan Melian.
It was the sixth time in as many matches this year the Bulldogs won the doubles point.
"I couldn't be prouder," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had to take a chance in doubles. Our No. 2 and 3 teams really played phenomenal. The doubles teams are really starting to gel and play at a high level."
Georgia won the first sets of all four matches to start singles, including at No. 4, where No. 64 Pieters beat Miljevic, 6-4, 6-2, to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. KU Singh extended the lead to 3-0 with his 6-4, 7-5 win over Spir at No. 2, then 26th-ranked Taboada clinched the match at No. 3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Melian.
Tenth-ranked Doumbia, who moved up to No. 1 when Spencer was pulled from the singles lineup, made it 5-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over ninth-ranked King at No. 1. Then Campbell Johnson earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Sebastian Lopez at No. 6, and Georgia's seventh point came at No. 5 where Pasha downed Segura in a super tiebreaker, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 1-0(10).
"After Wil was out of the singles lineup, we moved everybody up, and that was a steep challenge," Diaz said. "But our guys played great and Sadio did a super job. He continues to improve and is playing better and better."
The Bulldogs are now 58-9 all-time against Georgia Tech.
"It feels good to get back on my feet," Johnson said. "We played well today and everyone was at their best. I think this match gives us a lot of momentum going into National Indoors. We have to play well, and I think we will."
Georgia will play again Friday at noon against Cal in the ITA National Indoor Tournament in Charlottesville, Va.
Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs. Georgia
Feb 14, 2012 at Athens, Ga.
#4 Georgia 7, #29 Georgia Tech 0
1. #10 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. #9 Kevin King (GT) 6-3, 6-4
2. KU Singh (UGA) def. Juan Spir (GT) 6-4, 7-5
3. #26 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Juan Melian (GT) 6-4, 6-4
4. #64 Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Dusan Miljevic (GT) 6-4, 6-2
5. #64 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Eduardo Segura (GT) 6-7 (8-6), 6-4, 1-0 (12-10)
6. Campbell Johnson (UGA) def. Sebastian Lopez (GT) 6-3, 6-1
1. #2 Kevin King/Juan Spir (GT) def. #8 Garrett Brasseaux/Wil Spencer (UGA) 8-2
2. Sadio Doumbia/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Juan Melian/Vikram Hundal (GT) 8-4
3. Nathan Pasha/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Dusan Miljevic/Eduardo Segura (GT) 8-3
Georgia Tech 4-5; National ranking #29
Georgia 6-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,3,1,6,5)
Official: Walt Williams T-4:30 A-460