No. 3 Georgia Men's Tennis Tops Vanderbilt In Regular Season Home Finale | News
ATHENS, Ga. -- The third-ranked Georgia men's tennis team closed its regular season home slate with a 7-0 win over No. 38 Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
It was the 550th career win for Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz, who is in his 24th season at the helm of the Bulldogs.
"It was great to see the guys respond the way they did after Friday's loss," Diaz said. "They played with a lot of confidence and played relaxed. To see our guys bounce back shows that we're on the right track. It was also really nice to honor the seniors today. Playing at Georgia means a lot to them, and they've done a tremendous job."
The Bulldogs (17-2, 7-1 SEC) won two of the three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead. At No. 2, the No. 59 tandem of Sadio Doumbia and Nathan Pasha cruised past Blake Bazarnik and Jeff Offerdahl, 8-3, then No. 34 Hernus Pieters and Ignacio Taboada clinched the point at No. 1 with an 8-5 win over No. 56 Gonzales Austin and Alex Divalerio. At No. 3, the Commodores' Joe Dorn and Charlie Jones prevailed 9-8(1) over KU Singh and Wil Spencer. It was the only win of the day for Vanderbilt, which dropped to 7-11 overall and 2-6 in SEC play.
In singles. 33rd-ranked Taboada increased the Georgia lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bazarnik at No. 3. With the win, the Atlanta native tied Doumbia for the team lead with his 28th win, including his team-best 17th dual match win.
No. 32 Singh stormed back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set to claim the third point for the Bulldogs at No. 2 with a 7-5. 6-4 win over Austin. Then Pasha furnished his fourth clincher of the year at No. 5 with a 6-1, 7-6(9) win over Kovrigin.
Pieters followed with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Offerdahl at No. 4, then eighth-ranked Spencer made it 6-0 with his 6-4, 7-5 win over 47th-ranked Jones at No. 1. Sophomore Campbell Johnson closed out the match at No. 6 with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Dorn.
Doumbia, Will Reynolds, Spencer, Ignacio Taboada and student manager Matt Jackson were honored prior to the meet during the Senior Day ceremony.
"It was a special win," Spencer said. "It was my last match here in the regular season, so there are a lot of mixed emotions. We showed a lot of resilience after the loss on Friday, so I'm really proud of the guys today."
Georgia will close the regular season with three straight road matches beginning Friday, April 6 at Alabama at 4 p.m. ET.
Tennis Match Results
Vanderbilt vs. Georgia
April 1, 2012 at Athens, Ga.
#3 Georgia 7, #38 Vanderbilt 0
1. #8 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. #47 Charlie Jones (VU) 6-3, 7-5 2. #32 KU Singh (UGA) def. Gonzalez Austin (VU) 7-5, 6-4 3. #33 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Blake Bazarnik (VU) 6-3, 6-2 4. #62 Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Jeff Offerdahl (VU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 5. Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Anton Kovrigin (VU) 6-1, 7-6 (11-9) 6. Campbell Johnson (UGA) def. Joe Dorn (VU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
1. #34 Hernus Pieters/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. #46 Gonzalez Austin/Alex DiValerio (VU) 8-5 2. #59 Sadio Doumbia/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Blake Bazarnik/Jeff Offerdahl (VU) 8-3 3. Charlie Jones/Joe Dorn (VU) def. Wil Spencer/KU Singh (UGA) 9-8 (7-1)
Vanderbilt 7-11 (2-6); National ranking #38 Georgia 17-2 (7-1); National ranking #3 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,2,5,4,1,6)
Official: Andy MacFarlane T-3:47 A-536