Georgia Men’s Tennis Loses to USC in ITA National Indoor Semi-Finals


Only one team has defeated the Georgia men’s tennis team this year. The top ranked USC Trojans defeated Georgia again in the semi-finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships.

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The fourth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team faced top ranked USC for the second time this season in the semi-finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships. The Trojans once again defeated the Bulldogs 4-1.

The Dawgs put up a good fight, dominating doubles play to take lead 1-0 lead, but USC swept the Bulldogs at 4, 5 and 6 singles as well at number 2 singles to clinch the match.

For the third time in as many matches, Austin Smith and Ben Wagland gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead by clinching the doubles point. The Bulldog tandem knocked off the nation’s No. 1 ranked team of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz, 6-4. Smith and Wagland had not played together in a match this season until National Indoors, and they won all three matches against teams ranked Nos. 1, 11 and 12.

Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan cruised to a 6-1 win over Nick Crystal and Conner Farren at number 3 doubles to give the Bulldogs the early advantage. The match at number 2 doubles featuring Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha ended at 5-5 when Georgia clinched the doubles point.

Freshman Wayne Montgomery was well on his way to a victory at number 1 singles over seventh ranked Yannick Hanfmann and Nathan Pasha was knotted with 20 ranked Jonny Wang 3-3 in the third set when the match ended.

The Bulldogs will take a 6-2 record into the outdoor season with two wins against top-five teams and both losses coming to the No. 1-ranked Trojans.

Match Details

#1 USC 4, #4 Georgia 1

Doubles (Order of finish: 3,1)
1. Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #1 Yannick Hanfmann/Roberto Quiroz (USC), 6-4
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs.#38 Max De Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC), 5-5, unf.
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Nick Crystal/Connor Farren (USC), 6-1

Singles (Order of finish: 4,6,5,2)
1. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. #7 Yannick Hanfmann (USC), 6-4, 3-6, 4-1, unf.
2. #24 Roberto Quiroz (USC) def. #21 Austin Smith (UGA), 7-6, 6-3
3. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. #20 Jonny Wang (USC), 3-6, 6-2, 3-3, unf.
4. Eric Johnson (USC) def. Nick Wood (UGA), 6-1, 6-1
5. Max De Vroome (USC) def. Ben Wagland (UGA), 7-5, 6-1
6. #49 Nick Crystal (USC) def. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA), 6-2, 6-4

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