Men's Tennis Posts 7-0 Shutout Of LSU

March 19, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. --- The eighth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team posted a 7-0 shutout of No. 44 LSU to win its eighth straight match Saturday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Bulldogs surpassed last season’s longest winning streak of seven matches in improving to 13-3 (5-0) and dropping LSU to 6-9 (2-3). Georgia is now 3-0 since returning to the top-10 on March 8 and currently owns the longest winning streak in the SEC.

“I’m extremely pleased with the outcome today,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “This was a much tougher match than the score showed in both singles and doubles. Doubles was contested for a while and we were down breaks. In singles we lost two first sets and won three only 7-5. We were under the gun. Our guys really played tough as the match developed and in the closing moments. If we lose a couple more points here and there we’re in trouble. LSU has a great team but we showed a lot of toughness like we did against Kentucky. Winning 7-0 says a lot about how we’re seeing things through and becoming a great team.”

Georgia swept the doubles point for the sixth time this season to take a 1-0 lead. Tenth-ranked Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters were first off with an 8-4 decision over Mark Bowtell and Neal Skupski to improve to 18-5 on the year. The clinching win came at No. 3 as No. 47 Drake Bernstein and Wil Spencer won their seventh match in a row by defeating Olivier Borsos and Julien Gauthier in a tiebreaker, 9-8(3). The sweep was capped off by a win at No. 2 as 32nd-ranked Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada upended Roger Anderson and Stefan Szacinski, 8-5.

The Bulldogs have now claimed the doubles point in six of their last seven outings.

Georgia kept things rolling in singles, courtesy of a quick 6-1, 6-1 win from Taboada on court six over late LSU addition Tom Knights. Taboada improves to 21-6 on the year and gave the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead.

Georgia went up 3-0 as Pieters won it 7-5, 6-3 over Gauthier at the five spot. The freshman jumps to 23-6 on the season and 10-3 in dual matches. Georgia clinched at No. 1 as 13th-ranked Spencer defeated No. 91 Skupski, 7-5, 6-2 for his third clincher of the year. He moves to 27-8 on the season. The Bulldogs led 5-0 when 48th-ranked Doumbia won 7-5, 6-2 over Szacinski at No. 3 for his team-best 28th win of the season and sixth straight.

That left Georgia’s senior duo of Bernstein and Garrapiz still on court after each lost their first sets. Bernstein gave Georgia its sixth point of the day as he rebounded from a 6-4 loss in the first to Bowtell by winning each of the next two sets by the same score. He is now 7-3 in three-setters on the season and improves to 25-6 while winning his seventh in a row.

No. 25 Garrapiz lost his first set to Borsos, 6-4, but came back for a gutsy 11-9 win in the second-set breaker and won the third-set super tiebreak by a score of 10-3 to complete the sweep as he went 6-4, 7-6(9), 1-0(3) over Borsos to round it out at 7-0. Garrapiz improves to 25-9 this season.

The shutout was Georgia’s eighth of the season and the win kept the Bulldogs perfect at 5-0 in the SEC, one of only three teams still unbeaten in league action along with Tennessee and Florida. The win improves Georgia’s all-time record vs. LSU to 42-14.

Georgia is next in action this Wed., March 23 vs. Louisville, which the Bulldogs have already beaten once this season – a 4-1 decision at the ITA Indoors in Seattle. First serve is set for 4 p.m. and will feature live scoring as well as the Georgia Tennis Live Chat and video of all six courts at no charge.

#8 Georgia 7, #44 LSU 0

Singles competition
1. #13 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. #91 Neal Skupski (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
2. #25 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 1-0 (10-3)
3. #48 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
4. Drake Bernstein (UGA) def. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Julien Gauthier (LSU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Tom Knights (LSU) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #10 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Mark Bowtell/Neal Skupski (LSU) 8-4
2. #32 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Roger Anderson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 8-5
3. #47 Drake Bernstein/Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Olivier Borsos/Julien Gauthier (LSU) 9-8 (7-3)

Match Notes:
LSU (6-9, 2-3); National ranking #44
Georgia (13-3, 5-0); National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,4,2)
Official: Walt Williams  T-3:45  A-462



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