Georgia Tennis Dogs Swat the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta


The Georgia Tennis Dogs came from behind to down Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Thursday as Nathan Pasha won his 200th match.

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No win over Georgia Tech is a bad win and no loss to Georgia Tech is a good loss. The Georgia Mens Tennis team claimed another good win over Georgia Tech Friday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex in Atlanta.

This match could have been a bad one and it certainly started out poorly with the Dawgs dropping the doubles point. But the Bulldogs fought back and Nick Wood topped Carlos Benito 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to clinch the 4-3 win for Georgia over the archrival.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz told “Georgia Tech played a terrific doubles point. Our guys played with a lot of composure and a lot of fight. Georgia Tech has a very good team. This match was good for our team and our guy’s confidence. Our backs were against the wall, and I think we’re a much better team after today.”

Georgia (4-1) dropped the doubles point to Georgia Tech (5-1) with consecutive losses at courts Nos. 1 and 3. The Bulldogs’ No. 16 pair of Ben Wagland and Paul Oosterbaan fell 6-2 to Carlos Benito and Eduardo Segura. Moments later, the Yellow Jackets’ Michael Kay and Christopher Eubanks defeated No. 53 Nathan Pasha and Wayne Montgomery 6-2 to give Georgia Tech a 1-0 lead.

Montgomery got Georgia on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 49 Nathan Rakitt at No. 1. Fifteenth-ranked Pasha claimed his 200th career win with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Eduardo Segura. Pasha becomes only the fourteenth player in Georgia history to reach the milestone.

After Oosterbaan fell in a second-set tiebreaker to Georgia Tech’s Cole Fiegel, the Bulldogs’ Wagland gave Georgia the 3-2 advantage with a 6-4, 6-4 score over Michael Kay on No. 4. Nick Wood followed with his second three-set clinch of the spring season. Austin Smith fell in his match to Christopher Eubanks 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) with the match already decided.

Georgia next plays in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 13-16 in Chicago.

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