Men's Tennis Cruises Past Ole Miss

March 9, 2014

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ATHENS-----The 16th-ranked Georgia men's tennis team completed a weekend sweep in SEC action with a 4-0 victory over Ole Miss Sunday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Bulldogs - 4-1 winners over Mississippi State Friday night - are one of only two teams undefeated in SEC play after two weekends of league matches. Georgia (7-5, 3-0 SEC) will put its 20-match home court winning streak on the line against current No. 1 Ohio State Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The UGA women will play host to Virginia at 10 a.m. 

"I thought we came out ready today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "The doubles was really close, and I thought Ole Miss played a great doubles point as well. It came down to two tiebreakers, and I'm really proud of our No. 3 team. They continue to find a way to win and lift their game in the late stages of matches. 

"In singles, we looked as focused as I have seen them this year. From top to bottom we played fantastic. It's good timing with the top-ranked team in the country coming in here on Wednesday. We hope we can get a good crowd and keep improving as a team." 

Georgia began the match with a win at No. 1 doubles as 14th-ranked Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland defeated William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark, 8-4, while matches at Nos. 2 and 3 came down to tiebreakers. The Bulldogs clinched the point at No. 3 where Eric Diaz and Austin Smith edged Johan Backstrom and Joe Rogers, 8-7(2). The match at No. 2 was halted when the doubles point was clinched. Diaz and Smith are now 9-1 at No. 3 doubles and have won four in a row.

In singles, Pieters won his seventh straight match, 6-1, 6-1 against Vinod Gowda at No. 6, then Smith claimed his 25th victory of the season by beating Kallberg, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 2. Garrett Brasseaux followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lindmark for his second clincher of the year.

Nathan Pasha, Wagland and Nick Wood also won first sets at Nos. 1, 3 and 5, respectively, and their matches were suspended when Georgia claimed its fourth point.

Ole Miss drops to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the SEC.

The upcoming match against Ohio State will be Georgia's final non-conference contest of the regular season. The Bulldogs will be back in league action next weekend with road matches against South Carolina and Florida.

#16 Georgia 4, Ole Miss 0

Singles competition 

1. #30 Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. #36 Nik Scholtz (OM) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished

2. #16 Austin Smith (UGA) def. William Kallberg (OM) 7-5, 6-2

3. #66 Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Johan Backstrom (OM) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished

4. #76 Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) def. Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-3, 6-2

5. #100 Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished

6. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition 

1. #14 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. William Kallberg/Stefan Lindmark (OM) 8-4

2. Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Ricardo Jorge/Nik Scholtz (OM) 7-7, unfinished

3. Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Johan Backstrom/Joe Rogers (OM) 8-7 (7-2)

Match Notes:

Ole Miss 3-6 (1-3)

Georgia 7-5 (3-0); National ranking #16

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,2,4)

Official: Clark Weaver  T-2:44  A-311

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