April 6, 2014
ATHENS-----The eighth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team concluded its regular season home schedule with a 4-0 victory over LSU Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The Bulldogs (14-6, 9-1 SEC) finished the regular season undefeated at home for the second straight season and will enter the final weekend of SEC play tied with Texas A&M atop the league standings.
The win also gave head coach Manuel Diaz 599 for his career. With one more win Diaz will join just eight other coaches in NCAA Division I history with 600 career victories.
"It was a really good match," Diaz said. "Doubles was very competitive, and it was probably the longest doubles point we've had all year. LSU battled hard against us, and our guys responded. We haven't lost in a while at No. 3 doubles, and we were leading 6-4 and maybe had a little slip with our focus, and LSU did not miss a return in closing out that match. At No. 1, our guys raised their level of play and it was a good way to win the doubles point."
"I think both Hernus and Garrett have had tremendous careers, and they still have a lot to play for," Diaz said. "They have worked extremely hard to get where they are, and they always represent us in a spectacular manner. We are very proud of both of them. They will both graduate with high marks in the Terry College of Business, and they provide great leadership for this team."
The Bulldogs won the doubles point for the eighth straight time to take the early 1-0 lead. At No. 3, Eric Diaz and Austin Smith led 6-4, but LSU's Harrison Kennedy and Andrew Korinek rallied to win 8-6. Georgia answered at No. 2 where Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha edged Justin Butsch and Chris Simpson, 8-7(4), then Pieters and Ben Wagland outlasted the No. 70 team of Eric Perez and Tam Trinh, 8-7(5) to clinch the point.
Austin Smith won his 31st singles match of the season, 6-2, 6-3 over No. 77 Simpson at No. 1, then Pieters notched his fourth straight win at No. 6, 6-2, 6-2 against Busch to extend Georgia's lead to 3-0. Sophomore Nick Wood then provided the clincher with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kennedy at No. 5
Matches at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 were suspended when the match was clinched. Brasseaux and Wagland won first sets at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
The Bulldogs will close out the regular season with matches at Alabama on Friday and Auburn on Sunday.
#8 Georgia 4, #54 LSU 0
1. #18 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #77 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #39 Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Justin Butsch (LSU) 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
3. #75 Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
4. #72 Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Tam Trinh (LSU) 7-6 (7-2), 4-4, unfinished
5. #117 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. John Michael Busch (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #70 Eric Perez/Tam Trinh (LSU) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Justin Butsch/Chris Simpson (LSU) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Harrison Kennedy/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) 8-6
LSU 11-12 (2-9); National ranking #54
Georgia 14-6 (9-1); National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,5)
Official: Clark Weaver T-3:21 A-652