Sixth-Ranked Georgia Men's Tennis Blanks Clemson
ATHENS-----The sixth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team won all three doubles matches and five singles matches in straight sets en route to a 6-0 win over No. 55 Clemson Thursday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility.
"I thought the guys did a great job today," said UGA head coach Manuel Diaz. "We expected a really tough match, and the score might sound like the match was easier than it was. Our guys were really on point and sharp today. This really does a lot to our confidence going forward."
Georgia (3-0) took the doubles point to go ahead 1-0. At No. 1, the fifth-ranked tandem of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland defeated Austin Ansari and Yannick Maden, 8-1, to improve to 15-4 on the season. Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha clinched the point at No. 2 with an 8-6 win over Clemson's Gerardo Meza and Ayrton Wibowo. Austin Smith and Nick Wood finished off the doubles sweep at No. 3 with an 8-5 win over Hunter Harrington and Zachary Rigsby.
To start singles, Smith cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Wibowo at No 4, then Wagland made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Meza at No. 3. No. 19 Pasha furnished the match clincher at No. 1 where he defeated No. 75 Maden, 7-6(3), 6-2.
No. 16 Pieters gave the Bulldogs their fifth point when he topped Harrington, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2. Freshman Nick Wood made it 6-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rigsby at No. 5. Brasseaux's match at No. 6 was suspended after the first set.
"It was a great victory by our No. 1 doubles team, and we got solid play at Nos. 2 and 3, which were new teams. It was a tremendous win by Nathan Pasha in singles, playing a great player in Yannick Maden. He got down in the tiebreaker and won six points in a row to pull the tiebreaker out. He played tremendous tennis in the second set, so that was a great win for him. It was a good team effort by everybody."
No. 21 Vandy downs No. 14 Northwestern
NASHVILLE – In a tough battle of two top-25 teams, No. 21 Vanderbilt knocked off the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats, 4-2, Thursday night at the Currey Tennis Center.
The season is young and this year’s Vanderbilt squad is young, but that doesn’t seem to faze the Commodores, who are now 3-0 on the year after a hard fought win over a talented Northwestern (2-1) squad.
“Northwestern is a great team,” said Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald. “I think Lauren (Mira) winning at No. 1 (singles) against an All-American, Kate Turvy, was important. Frances (Altick) just played a beautiful match. I was impressed with our whole team.”
The match came down to singles at positions No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 and two freshmen delivered for Vanderbilt.
In a tough three-set match at the No. 4 position, Georgina Sellyn came away with a win for the Commodores to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 lead. The Glasgow, Scotland, native defeated NU’s Brittany Wowchuk, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Sellyn improved to 8-2 overall this season with her victory.
After dropping the first set (No. 3 singles) to Belinda Niu, 4-6, Courtney Colton fought back to win the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-3, clinching the match for Vanderbilt. Colton, a Davie, Fla., native improved to 13-3 on the season, which is a team-best.
Northwestern took the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. No. 42 Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton defeated Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton, 8-5, in No. 1 doubles. In No. 3 doubles, Niu and Kate Turvy took down Sellyn and Frances Altick, 8-4.
Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares ran their dual record in doubles to 3-0 after defeating Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett, 8-4, for the lone Vanderbilt doubles victory. Antal and Casares were down 4-1, before winning the final seven games.
Fresh off SEC Player of the Week honors, Mira continued her stellar play. Playing in No. 1 singles, Mira defeated No. 67 Turvy, 6-4, 6-3. The Baton Rouge, La., native is 5-1 in singles competition this spring.
At No. 2 singles, Northwestern’s (Veronica) Corning defeated Casares, 7-6(3), 6-1, to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Just minutes later, Altick evened up the score, 2-2, after her win in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2.