Watch highlights and listen to Coach Diaz and senior Garrett Brasseaux talk about Georgia's 4-0 win over Arkansas.
April 4, 2014
ATHENS-----The eighth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team opened its final home weekend of the regular season with a 4-0 victory over Arkansas Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The Bulldogs (13-6, 8-1 SEC) won all 11 completed sets against the Razorbacks (12-14, 2-8 SEC) and extended their home winning streak to 24 matches.
"Arkansas was playing very well in doubles, and it took us a while to find our rhythm," UGA head coach Manuel Diaz said. "Our guys really worked hard. We were down a break early, and our No. 1 team has really been riding a good wave here lately, but it's almost been two weeks since we played our last doubles match. Our No. 2 team really played lights out and finished quickly, and our No. 3 team did a tremendous job once again of clinching the doubles point for us.
"In singles we looked like we didn't miss a beat. We played lights out in a lot of spots. Austin (Smith) played a great match, Garrett (Brasseaux) was super, and Nathan (Pasha) did a great job at the top of the lineup today."
Diaz is now just two wins shy of 600 in his 26-year career. With two more victories he will become just the ninth head coach in NCAA Division I history to win 600 career matches.
Georgia claimed doubles wins at Nos. 2 and 3 to take a 1-0 lead. Brasseaux and Pasha earned an 8-1 victory over No. 71 Hall Fess and Pete Thomason at No. 2, then Smith and Eric Diaz defeated Jovan Parlic and Jacob Herndon, 8-5, to give the Bulldogs the early edge.
Smith and Diaz improved to 14-1 on the season, and the tandem is currently riding an eight-match winning streak.
In singles, No. 75 Brasseaux rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Fess at No. 3 for Georgia's second team point, and 39th-ranked Pasha made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Manfred Jeske at No. 2. No. 18 Smith then won his team-best 30th match of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Mike Nott at No. 1. It was the third time the Cumming, Ga., native has clinched a match this year for the Bulldogs.
Georgia also won first sets at Nos. 4, 5 and 6, including at No. 6 where Hernus Pieters had match point when Smith clinched the win.
Georgia - which entered Friday's match tied for first in the SEC - will close out the regular season home schedule Sunday afternoon against LSU at 1 p.m. ET. Brasseaux and Pieters will be recognized prior to the match during Senior Day festivities. The Bulldogs are 89-20 during their four years at UGA.
#8 Georgia 4, #59 Arkansas 0
1. #18 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Mike Nott (AR) 6-3, 6-2
2. #39 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Manfred Jeske (AR) 6-2, 6-2
3. #75 Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) def. Hall Fess (AR) 6-2, 6-0
4. #72 Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Jovan Parlic (AR) 7-6 (7-5), 1-3, unfinished
5. #117 Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Johan den Toom (AR) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
6. Hernus Pieters (UGA) vs. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
1. #9 Ben Wagland/Hernus Pieters (UGA) vs. #37 Mike Nott/Manfred Jeske (AR) 5-6, unfinished
2. Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) def. #71 Hall Fess/Pete Thomason (AR) 8-1
3. Austin Smith/Eric Diaz (UGA) def. Jovan Parlic/Jacob Herndon (AR) 8-5
Arkansas 12-14 (2-8); National ranking #59
Georgia 13-6 (8-1); National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,2,1)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:46 A-451