March 26, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-----The 11th-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team beat Arkansas 7-0 Saturday at the Billingsley Tennis Center, extending the Bulldogs’ winning streak to an SEC-best 10 matches.
Georgia improved to 15-3 overall and remained tied with Tennessee for first place in the SEC with a 6-0 league record. Arkansas fell to 6-11 overall, 0-6 in conference play.
The Bulldogs won two of three doubles matches to earn the first team point. Arkansas won the first completed match at No. 3 as Matt Walters and Chris Nott beat Drake Bernstein and Wil Spencer 8-6.
However Georgia bounced back at Nos. 1 and 2 to gain the early edge. At No. 1, the 10th-ranked tandem of Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters rolled to an 8-1 win over Matt Hogan and Gregoire Lehmann, then the No. 32 team of Ignacio Taboada and Sadio Doumbia beat Arkansas’ Nikolas Zogaj and Mike Ward 8-5 to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. All three of the Bulldogs’ doubles teams now have 20 wins apiece.
In singles, Drake Bernstein made quick work of Gregoire Lehmann with a 6-0, 6-0 win to put Georgia ahead 2-0. The senior from Winder, Ga., has now won a team-best nine straight singles matches and leads the team with 15 dual match wins.
The Bulldogs then moved ahead 3-0 when No. 48 Doumbia won his team-leading 29th match, 6-2, 6-2 over Zogaj at No. 3.
The clincher came at No. 5 where Pieters beat Matt Walters, 6-3, 6-0 for his team-leading fifth match clincher of the season. Shortly following, the Bulldogs claimed their fifth and sixth team points of the day, first at No. 6 where Campbell Johnson downed Ward 6-4, 6-2, then at No. 2 where 25th-ranked Garrapiz beat Matt Hogan, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 13 Wil Spencer closed the match for the Bulldogs with a three-set super tiebreaker win over Chris Nott at No. 1, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0(8).
Georgia continues its road trip next weekend when it travels to Ole Miss for a 6 p.m. ET match on Friday followed by Mississippi State Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will then face Florida and South Carolina before the regular season finale against Tennessee in Athens on April 16.
No. 11 Georgia 7, No. 68 Arkansas 0
1. #13 Wil Spencer (Georgia) def. Chris Nott (Arkansas), 7-6, 2-6, 1-0(8)
2. #25 Javier Garrapiz (Georgia) def. Matt Hogan (Arkansas), 6-3, 6-3
3. #48 Sadio Doumbia (Georgia) def. Nikolas Zogaj (Arkansas), 6-2, 6-2
4. Drake Bernstein (Georgia) def. Gregoire Lehmann (Arkansas), 6-0, 6-0
5. Hernus Pieters (Georgia) def. Matt Walters (Arkansas), 6-3, 6-0
6. Campbell Johnson (Georgia) def. Mike Ward (Arkansas), 6-4, 6-2
1. #10 Javier Garrapiz/Hernus Pieters (Georgia) def. Matt Hogan/Gregoire Lehmann (Arkansas), 8-1
2. #32 Sadio Doumbia/Ignacio Taboada (Georgia) def. Nikolas Zogaj/Mike Ward (Arkansas), 8-5
3. Matt Walters/Chris Nott (Arkansas) def. #47 Drake Bernstein/Wil Spencer (Georgia), 8-6
Order of finish: Singles (4,3,5,6,2,1); Doubles (3,1,2)