April 6, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The fourth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team won the doubles point and never looked back, downing Alabama by a 5-2 score Friday evening at the Alabama Tennis Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Bulldogs improve to 18-2 (8-1) on the season heading into Sunday’s match-up at No. 16 Auburn.
“We got by today,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “We’re not playing like the No. 4 team in the country right now, and you could ask any of our guys and they would tell you that. We fought well, fought hard today, but I think the guys looked tired. I think we probably need to let up on them a little and let them bounce back after this weekend – hopefully we’ll play a good match at Auburn and then recharge our batteries. I think the fact that we don’t have a Friday match next week will be good for us. This wasn’t our prettiest tennis, but we competed hard like always and we’re going to start playing well here soon.”
Georgia claimed the doubles points as it earned wins on courts two and three to take the lead early on. First, 59th-ranked Sadio Doumbia and Nathan Pasha defeated Vikram Reddy and Carlos Taborga, 8-3, before the Bulldogs wrapped it up on court No. 3 as Wil Spencer and KU Singh beat David Vieyra and Filippos Tsangaridis in a tiebreaker, 9-8(5). Alabama won on the final court, No. 1, as the team of Jarryd Botha and Ricky Doverspike edged Hernus Pieters and Ignacio Taboada by an 8-6 score.
The standout freshman Pasha continued to lock it down for the Bulldogs at No. 6 singles, earning another quick victory as he defeated Tsangaridis, 6-1, 6-4, to give Georgia the 2-0 advantage and improve his dual match record to 16-1 with a current seven-match winning streak.
The Crimson Tide got on the board with a win at No. 4, as Reddy bested 33rd-ranked Taboada, 6-4, 6-4 to make it 2-1. But Georgia bounced back with a win at No. 2, as No. 32 Singh won 6-2, 7-6(3) over Botha to make it 3-1 and leave the Bulldogs just one point shy of the clinch.
But Alabama made it 3-2 as Daniil Proskura defeated Doumbia, 7-6(5), 6-2 at No. 3, leaving just courts No. 1 and 5 still on.
Georgia then earned the clinch from No. 5, where Pieters overcame a loss in the first set to beat Vieyra, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, and seal it for the Bulldogs with the team score then 4-2. Georgia would make it 5-2 as Doverspike retired to give Spencer the victory at No. 1 with the score 5-5 in the third set. That leaves the senior just one win away from the 100th of his career.
With the loss Alabama drops to 7-13 (1-8) on the season.
Georgia will take on the Auburn Tigers on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Live scoring and the Georgia Tennis Live Chat will be available for the match on Georgiadogs.com.
#4 Georgia 5, Alabama 2
1. #8 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Ricky Doverspike (UA) 7-5, 2-6, 5-5, retired
2. #32 KU Singh (UGA) def. Jarryd Botha (UA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Daniil Proskura (UA) def. #24 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
4. Vikram Reddy (UA) def. #33 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) 6-4, 6-4
5. #62 Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. David Vieyra (UA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
6. Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Filippos Tsangaridis (UA) 6-1, 6-4
1. Jarryd Botha/Ricky Doverspike (UA) def. #34 Hernus Pieters/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) 8-6
2. #59 Sadio Doumbia/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Vikram Reddy/Carlos Taborga (UA) 8-3
3. Wil Spencer/KU Singh (UGA) def. David Vieyra/Filippos Tsangaridis (UA) 9-8 (7-5)
Georgia 18-2, 8-1 SEC; National ranking #4
Alabama 7-13, 1-8 SEC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,2,3,5,1)