No. 8 Georgia Men Take Down ETSU, 5-2
ATHENS-----The eighth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team wrapped up its pre-conference schedule with a 5-2 win over East Tennessee State on a chilly afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Monday.
It was the second win in as many days for the Bulldogs, who will enter SEC play Friday with a 7-3 record.
“It wasn’t easy today with these tough conditions,” said UGA coach Manuel Diaz. “It was cold and windy, and ETSU fought us for everything. We competed well, but we can play a little better here and there. I’m really proud of the guys and the way there are going out there every day trying to get better.
Georgia won the doubles point for the eighth time in 10 matches this season to go ahead 1-0. At No. 2, Ben Wagland and Austin Smith defeated Juan Ramirez and Jorge Varon, 8-1. The matches at Nos. 1 and 3 were tightly contested, with Eric Diaz and Marco Nunez prevailing 8-6 over Roger Ordeig and Ricardo Pabon at No. 3. Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux led Jesus Bandres and Rogerio Ribeiro, 8-7, at No. 1 when the match was suspended.
In singles, Smith earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ramirez at No. 4 to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead, then No. 41 Hernus Pieters made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Varon at No. 3.
No. 92 Wagland then claimed his second match clincher with a 7-6(1), 6-1 win over Ribeiro at No. 2.
At No. 1, Jesus Bandres rallied to beat 21st-ranked Pasha, 6-7(7), 6-3, 1-0(12-10) to claim the first point for ETSU (4-4). After Nunez came back to beat Ordeig, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5, Pabon rallied to defeat Eric Diaz at No. 6, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to close out the match.
The Bulldogs will open SEC play Friday at home against 13th-ranked Tennessee.
Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State Cancelled Due to Wind
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Today’s women’s tennis match between No. 10 Texas A&M and Sam Houston State at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center has been canceled due to high winds. The match will not be rescheduled.
The Aggies (5-1), ranked in the Top 10 for the first time since an all-time high No. 9 ranking on March 28, 2001, return to the Mitchell Tennis Center on Wednesday at 4 p.m. to play host to former Big 12 Conference foe and 19th-ranked Baylor.
The match against the Bears marks the start of a three-match home stand for the Aggies, and it also will be the team’s final tune up before A&M embarks on its inaugural SEC season against No. 38 South Carolina on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Aggies close out their longest home stand of the season with a meeting against defending national and SEC-champion Florida on Sunday at noon. The Gators enter the week with a No. 4 national ranking.
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