Georgia Men’s Tennis Sweeps S. Carolina

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Posted Mar 11, 2006


ATHENS – The No. 1-ranked University of Georgia men’s tennis team (13-0, 3-0 SEC) defeated the No. 31 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-7, 1-2 SEC) to remain undefeated on the season. The Dogs continued their doubles dominance, winning the doubles point for the 13th time in as many tries. The match-clinching win came off the racquet of junior Ricardo Gonzalez (Aquadilla, Puerto Rico) at the sixth singles position, as he defeated Thomas Stoddard, 6-3, 6-2.

“Overall we did a good job today,” said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. “I’m really pleased with the way our guys focused in singles play. My only concern was that we were a little sloppy at our No. 2 and No. 3 doubles and we can’t afford to do that in our next match. We just need to keep taking care of winning the doubles point and continue to be strong in singles. I know that the guys are aware that we can still be better.”

Georgia continued its undefeated streak in doubles, taking a 1-0 match lead with a doubles sweep. The reigning NCAA Doubles Champion tandem of junior John Isner (Greensboro, N.C.) and senior captain Antonio Ruiz (Monterrey, Mexico), currently ranked No. 7 in the country, was first off the court, posting an 8-3 win at the first doubles position. Junior Matic Omerzel (Kranj, Slovenia) and sophomore Luis Flores (Xalapa, Mexico), ranked No. 55, clinched the point for Georgia with an 8-6 win over Adam Adler and Thomas Stoddard at the No. 3 spot. The 9th-ranked senior captain duo of Strahinja Bobusic and Colin Purcell finished out the sweep with a 9-7 win over Pedro Rodrigues and Yevgeny Supeko.

In singles play, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead as Omerzel won his match due to an injury retirement by Rodrigues. Purcell gave the Dogs a 3-0 advantage in under 30 minutes, with a 6-1 6-2 win over Adler, setting Gonzalez up for the clinch.

With the match in hand, Ruiz extended the lead to 5-0 with another straight-set victory, downing Supeko at the third singles spot, 6-2, 6-3. Next up for the Dogs was Flores, who topped Cuellar from the second spot, 7-5, 6-1, to make it 6-0. Isner capped the sweep with a 7-6 (6), 6-7, 1-0 (10-5) defeat of Eklund, winning his 11th straight singles match.

Georgia returns to action Sunday, March 12, as the fifth-ranked Florida Gators come to Athens for a Top-5 in-conference showdown. That match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

“We’re not treating this match any differently than any other match we’ve played this year,” said Diaz. “We just need to keep playing the way we have been up to this point. I want our players to be concerned with doing what we do well, and not anything else. I just want them to come out and get after it.”


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