Sept. 22, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-----University of Georgia sophomore Austin Smith reached the final of the SEC Fall Classic, where he fell to Texas A&M's seventh-seeded Harrison Adams, 6-4, 6-0, Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center.
Earlier in the day, Smith downed Kentucky's Beck Pennington, 7-5, 7-6(4), in the semifinals. Smith went 5-1 during the four-day tournament and is now 9-2 this fall, including three wins over ranked opponents.
"The last couple of weeks have been very rewarding for Austin," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "Even though he came up a little short in the final match today, he's had a terrific first two weeks of the season. I'm sure he welcomes a couple of days to rest before he starts getting prepared for the All-American Championships.
"It was a great weekend for all of the guys. There are some things we need to work on, and this week's tournament points to certain things that we as coaches need to help our guys understand to get better. I love working with his group. It's great to see their commitment and hard work, and we're looking forward to our next tournament."
The doubles title went to Vanderbilt's Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin, who claimed an 8-7(9) win over Mississippi State's Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp.
Georgia returns to action at the ITA All-American Championships. Nathan Pasha, Hernus Pieters, Austin Smith, Ben Wagland and Nick Wood all earned bids into the singles draw. The pre-qualifying rounds are slated to begin on Saturday, and main draw action will be played Oct. 3-6.
Sunday's Georgia Results
Austin Smith (UGA) def. Beck Pennington (UK), 7-5, 7-6(4)
#67  Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Austin Smith (UGA), 6-4, 6-0