March 6, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men's tennis team started Southeastern Conference action in the best possible way, posting a 7-0 sweep of No. 29 Alabama on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex after Friday night's 4-0 shutout of 21st-ranked Auburn. Sunday's victory was the Bulldogs' fifth straight win.
Georgia improves to 10-3 (2-0) on the season with the perfect weekend, dropping the Crimson Tide to 7-4 (0-2).
"I'm happy with the way we're playing," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "I'm happy with our focus. We've got a tough weekend ahead of us [at Vanderbilt and Kentucky] and we're looking forward to it. Vanderbilt is an up and coming team and very dangerous. Kentucky is in a similar position to us, I think much better than their ranking, so it's going to be a really challenging match for both of us."
Georgia won its fifth straight doubles point with wins on all three courts. The 79th-ranked team of Drake Bernstein and Wil Spencer defeated Daniil Proskura and Trey Waltson by a score of 8-5 to improve to 12-1 on the dual match season. The clinching doubles victory came at No. 2 as No. 36 Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada defeated No. 62 Vikram Reddy and Michael Thompson by the same 8-5 score to capture the point and improve to 9-2 in dual matches.
Heading to singles with the 1-0 lead, Georgia got a quick boost from Taboada at No. 6 as he posted a fast 6-0, 6-2 win over Carlos Taborga, moving to 20-6 on the season and becoming the sixth Bulldog with 20 wins on the year. Georgia's third point came at No. 2 as 15th-ranked Spencer posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Botha to improve his singles record to a team-high 26-7.
Georgia got the clincher from No. 1, where 24th-ranked Garrapiz overcome an early break to win six straight games in the first set and then took the second set, downing Doverspike 6-2, 6-2 to give the Bulldogs the 4-0 lead and the victory. Garrapiz is now 24-8 on the season.
The wins kept coming for the Bulldogs as 36th-ranked Doumbia posted a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Reddy at No. 3 to capture his 26th win of the season and make it a 5-0 Georgia lead. Bernstein captured the win at No. 4, going 6-3, 7-5 over Proskura for his 23rd victory, and after dropping the first set and winning the second, Pieters won his match at No. 5 by retirement as Thompson did not come out for the third set. That gave the freshman his 22nd win of 2010-11 and capped a 7-0 day for the Bulldogs.
Georgia improves to 49-6 in the all-time series with the Crimson Tide.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for the first time in SEC play this season when they take on Vanderbilt and Kentucky next Friday and Sunday, respectively. Live scoring will be available on Georgiadogs.com.
#13 Georgia 7, #29 Alabama 0
1. #24 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) def. Ricky Doverspike (UA) 6-2, 6-2
2. #15 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Jarryd Botha (UA) 6-2, 6-3
3. #37 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Vikram Reddy (UA) 6-2, 6-2
4. Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Daniil Proskura (UA) 6-3, 7-5
5. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Michael Thompson (UA) 3-6, 6-1, retired
6. Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Carlos Taborga (UA) 6-0, 6-2
1. #6 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Ricky Doverspike/Jarryd Botha (UA) 9-7
2. #36 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. #62 Vikram Reddy/Michael Thompson (UA) 8-5
3. #79 Wil Spencer/Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Daniil Proskura/Trey Walston (UA) 8-5
Alabama 7-4; National ranking #29
Georgia 10-3; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,1,3,4)
Official: Walt Williams T-3:03 A-357