March 23, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The fourth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team posted its seventh straight win Friday afternoon, defeating No. 32 Arkansas by a 7-0 score at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. It was the fifth shutout of the season for the Bulldogs, who improved to 15-1 (5-0) on the year.
Georgia dropped the Razorbacks to 14-6 (1-4) and has now won eight in a row vs. Arkansas while moving to 23-2 in the all-time series with its Western Division foe.
"It was a great match for us," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "I think at first the guys came out maybe a little tired still [from Wednesday's 4-3 win over Ohio State], mentally, emotionally, and physically, so we talked about that. I think we tightened a few things up after our warm-up, came back out and were ready. We played a big match - some great doubles and very, very good singles."
Georgia won doubles for the 12th time in 16 tries in 2012, notching wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots to take an early 1-0 lead into singles. First off was the No. 3 team of Wil Spencer and KU Singh, who defeated Arkansas' Victor Hoang and Taj Harrison by an 8-2 score. The point was clinched not long after at the No. 1 spot, where the 31st-ranked team of Ignacio Taboada and Hernus Pieters rolled Nikolas Zogaj and Gregoire Lehmann, 8-3. The No. 2 match of 52nd-ranked Sadio Doumbia and Nathan Pasha vs. Matt Walters and Manfred Jeske went unfinished with the Bulldog duo leading 7-4.
The Bulldogs continued their push toward the 7-0 victory as 50th-ranked Singh cruised to a quick 6-1, 6-2 win over Lehmann at No. 2 singles, giving Georgia the 2-0 lead. It moved to 3-0 as eighth-ranked Spencer went 6-1, 6-4 over No. 120 Zogaj at No. 1, and the clincher came from the third court, where No. 20 Doumbia pushed past Walters, 6-3, 6-1 to seal it and give the Bulldogs the 4-0 lead at that point.
The "pit" courts were still on and continued to roll, with Taboada winning next with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Jeske at No. 4. It became 6-0 as No. 70 Pieters defeated Mike Ward, 6-3, 7-5, and Campbell Johnson completed the sweep with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(10-1) win via a third-set super tiebreaker at No. 6 to round it out at 7-0.
With today's victory at No. 1, Spencer now sits just three wins shy of No. 100 for his career in singles.
Georgia will now travel to Baton Rouge, La., for Sunday's meeting with the LSU Tigers at 2 p.m. ET at the W.T. Dub Robinson Stadium. Live scoring will be available on Georgiadogs.com.
#4 Georgia 7, #32 Arkansas 0
1. #8 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. #120 Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) 6-1, 6-4
2. #50 KU Singh (UGA) def. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 6-1, 6-2
3. #20 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Matt Walters (ARK) 6-3, 6-1
4. #29 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Manfred Jeske (ARK) 6-3, 6-4
5. #70 Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Mike Ward (ARK) 6-3, 7-5
6. Campbell Johnson (UGA) def. Jovan Parlic (ARK) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-1)
1. #31 Ignacio Taboada/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Nikolas Zogaj/Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 8-3
2. #52 Sadio Doumbia/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Matt Walters/Manfred Jeske (ARK) 7-4, unfinished
3. Wil Spencer/KU Singh (UGA) def. Victor Hoang/Taj Harrison (ARK) 8-2
Arkansas (14-6, 1-4); National ranking #32
Georgia (15-1, 5-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,5,6)
Official: Walt Williams T-2:56 A-324