Georgia Closes With Win Over No. 7 Stanford



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Feb. 20, 2011

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SEATTLE --- The University of Georgia men’s tennis team ended its stay at the 37th annual ITA National Indoors with a 4-2 win over seventh-ranked Stanford Sunday afternoon at the Seattle Tennis Club, wrapping up a 2-1 weekend against some of the nation’s toughest competition.

The No. 16 Bulldogs improve to 7-3 on the season while dropping Stanford to 8-2. Georgia won two straight matches in the consolation side as they defeated Louisville 4-1 yesterday after a hard-fought marathon loss to Tennessee on day one here.

“Even though we lost a tough match to Tennessee, we did feel like we put ourselves in a position to win but we didn’t do what we needed to do,” said head coach Manuel Diaz of the first match. “Our guys, however, have responded tremendously with two great wins against teams ranked higher than we are. We expected to win these matches, we expected them to be big challenges, and we respect their programs tremendously, but we knew that if we played the tennis we are capable of playing that we would come out successful.”

Georgia won the doubles point for the second day in a row with wins at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively. The team of Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters cruised to an 8-3 decision over the No. 11 team in the country in Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, before Drake Bernstein and Wil Spencer matched it with an 8-5 win over Matt Kandath and Denis Lin two courts away to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead heading to singles.

Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada were knotted 6-6 with Alex Clayton and Ted Kelly when their match was suspended.

The Cardinal responded with a win at No. 5 singles as Taboada fell to Greg Hirshman by a score of 7-5, 6-2. Georgia regained control as Bernstein recorded his 99th career singles match victory with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Lin, and Spencer increased the lead to 3-1 as he took down Thacher, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2. Garrapiz battled to the finish against the defending NCAA singles champion Klahn, but fell 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 as Stanford still had life.

But the clincher came for Georgia at No. 6 as the freshman Pieters knocked off Kandath, 7-5, 6-3, to give UGA the 4-2 win while his teammate Doumbia was fighting off match point at No. 3 against Clayton, trailing 5-3 and serving down a break. That match went unfinished.

Georgia will return home from the prestigious indoor tournament and regroup before Saturday’s meeting with border rival Furman. Weather permitting, it will be the outdoor opener as the teams will kick it off at 2:30 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

#16 Georgia 4, #7 Stanford 2

Singles competition
1. #7 Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. #24 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) 6-4, 6-3
2. #12 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. #52 Ryan Thacher (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
3. #31 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) vs. #64 Alex Clayton (STAN) no result
4. Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Denis Lin (STAN) 6-4, 7-5
5. Greg Hirshman (STAN) def. Ignacio Taboada (UGA) 7-5, 6-2
6. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Matt Kandath (STAN) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #12 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. #11 Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thacher (STAN) 8-3
2. Alex Clayton/Ted Kelly (STAN) vs. #41 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) 6-6, unfinished
3. #37 Drake Bernstein/Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Matt Kandath/Denis Lin (STAN) 8-5

Match Notes:
Georgia 7-3; National ranking #16
Stanford 8-2; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,4,2,1,6)

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