ATHENS-----The third-ranked Georgia men's tennis team concluded the regular season with a 5-2 win over No. 33 Alabama at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Sunday.
The match began outdoors, but was moved to the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility due to rain following the doubles point. The Bulldogs (19-4, 11-1 SEC), who won the 27th SEC regular season title in program history, will enter the postseason on a 10-match winning streak.
The Georgia women also clinched a share of the SEC championship on Sunday. This marks the fourth time overall and the first time since 2007 that both the UGA men's and women's teams won the SEC title in the same season.
"Alabama came out and played very hard in doubles, and it was probably one of the most exciting doubles points we've had all year," UGA coach Manuel Diaz said. "We needed to rest our No. 1 doubles team, and we got that accomplished. This was one of the most difficult weeks of preparation as we had six guys struck with the stomach virus. Our practices never went longer than 45 minutes to an hour. I'm really proud of how our guys battled this week. To come out with two good wins like we did, I'm very pleased."
Alabama (12-12, 3-9 SEC) took a 1-0 lead with doubles wins at Nos. 1 and 2. The Tide's 30th-ranked tandem of Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra beat No. 24 Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha, 8-4, then Alabama clinched the point at No. 2 where Becker O'Shaugnessey and Daniil Proskura edged Will Oliver and Hernus Pieters, 9-7. The match at No. 3 was suspended when the doubles point was clinched.
Seventh-ranked Singh gave Georgia its first point with a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 79 Botha at No. 1, then the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead when No. 121 Pieters downed Philippe Tsangarides, 6-4, 6-2. No. 44 Pasha made it 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Proskura at No. 2, then Brasseaux recorded his third match-clincher with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Stuart Kenyon at No. 5.
At No. 3, O'Shaughnessey outlasted Austin Smith, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, then Marco Nunez closed out the match with a win over Harris Barnard at No. 6 for the final margin.
Georgia improved to 12-0 at home this season with the win. Sunday's match also marked the final regular season home contests for Oliver and Singh, who were honored during a pre-match ceremony.
"Home matches have been awesome," Singh said. "The support here is always incredible. I'm going to miss having this many people come to our matches and support us. It's been awesome."
The Bulldogs will begin play as the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament Friday in Oxford, Miss.
Tennis Match Results
Alabama vs. Georgia
#3 Georgia 5, #33 Alabama 2
1. #7 KU Singh (UG) def. #79 Jarryd Botha (UA) 6-1, 7-5
2. #44 Nathan Pasha (UG) def. Daniil Proskura (UA) 6-4, 6-1
3. #98 B. O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Austin Smith (UG), 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
4. #121 Hernus Pieters (UG) def. Philippe Tsangarides (UA) 6-4, 6-2
5. Garrett Brasseaux (UG) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA), 6-0, 6-0
6. Marco Nunez (UG) def. Harris Barnard (UA), 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 1,4,2,5,3,6
1. #30 Jarryd Botha/David Vieyra (UA) def. #24 Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UG), 8-4
2. #58 B. O'Shaughnessey/Daniil Proskura (UA) def. Will Oliver/Hernus Pieters (UG), 9-7
3. Eric Diaz/Marco Nunez (UG) vs. Stuart Kenyon/Philippe Tsangarides (UA), 8-8, unfinished
Order of finish: 1,2