Georgia Tennis Wins Two More To Stand Alone At Top Of SEC


The Georgia tennis team enjoyed the home court and the hospitable weather this weekend, defeating Texas A&M and LSU.

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The fourth-ranked Georgia tennis team (11-2) ran its conference record to 4-0 with a pair of home wins at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex this past weekend. Friday afternoon the Dawgs defeated tenth ranked Texas A&M 4-1. Georgia followed up with a 4-2 win over LSU Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, Georgia took the doubles point from Texas A&M to gain the early advantage. It was the first time this season the Aggies had dropped the doubles point. The Dawgs number 1 team of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland defeated the eighth-ranked A&M team of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant. Then Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha clinched the point with a 6-4 win over twenty-second ranked Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo at number 2.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” head coach Manuel Diaz told “I thought we fought a really good fight. Texas A&M is one of the highest-ranked teams in the conference, so it was a great win for our squad. I honestly don’t think we played our best, but I keep telling the guys that I haven’t seen a bad win yet. These guys knew how to recognize the opportunities that were in front of them and they fought hard and played well enough to beat a very good team today.”

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In singles, Nathan Pasha extended the Georgia lead to 2-0 with his 7-5, 6-1 win over thirty-ninth ranked Adams at number 3. Texas A&M cut the lead to 2-1 when Arthur Rinderknech beat Ben Wagland, 6-3, 6-2 at number 2. The Bulldogs then took control when Paul Oosterbaan ran his winning streak to three matches with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Max Lunkin. Nick Wood clinched a 7-5, 7-5 win over eighty-eight ranked AJ Catanzariti at number 5.

On Sunday, the Dawgs fought back from a 0-1 to defeat LSU. The Bulldogs (11-2) are now alone in first place in the SEC with a 4-0 record.

After losing the doubles point, Georgia won three straight singles matches to take a 3-1 lead. Freshman Paul Oosterbaan clinched with a win at number 6 for the Bulldogs’ fifth straight win.

“LSU played a tremendous doubles match and it was the first doubles point that we’ve dropped in a long time,” said head coach Manuel Diaz to “They just outplayed us. Our guys really came back in singles and asserted themselves. I thought we had tremendous wins at the top of the lineup. Paul, who is continuing to improve in every match, did a tremendous job in clinching the win for us.”

LSU won doubles matches at numbers 1 and 2, snapping Georgia’s doubles point win streak at seven. Eric Perez and Tam Trinh beat Eric Diaz and Nathan Pasha 6-0. Then at number 1, the 10th-ranked pair of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland took their first loss of the season 6-2 to fifty–seven ranked Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle.

Georgia won in singles at numbers 1 and 2. Pasha made it 3-1 with his seventh consecutive win at number 3. LSU cut the lead to 3-2 with a win at number 4 by Justin Butsch before Oosterbaan’s deciding win at number 6.

Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M vs Georgia
March 6, 2015 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #25 Austin Smith (UGA) vs. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-3, 1-6, 5-4, unfinished
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) vs. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 2-6, 6-4, 0-3, unfinished
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 7-5, 6-1
4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
5. Nick Wood (UGA) def. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 7-5, 7-5
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Max Lunkin (TAMU) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. #8 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2
2. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #22 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) 6-4

Notes: Texas A&M 6-2 (2-1); National ranking #10
Georgia 10-2 (3-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,6,5)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:36 A-412

LSU vs Georgia
March 8, 2015 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Complex)

#4 Georgia 4, #28 LSU 2

Singles competition
1. #25 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #64 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. #98 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. #125 Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
4. #119 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
5. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Boris Arias (LSU) 7-6 (7-5), 4-2, unfinished
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #57 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #10 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-2
2. Eric Perez/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Eric Diaz/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-0
3. Wayne Montgomery/Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) vs. Justin Butsch/Chris Simpson (LSU) 4-4, unfinished

Match Notes: LSU 11-2 (2-2); National ranking #28
Georgia 11-2 (4-0); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,6)
Official: Clark Weaver T-2:08 A-376

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