Georgia Tennis Sweeps Through Another SEC Week


The Georgia tennis team won two more SEC matches last week, defeating Tennessee and Kentucky.

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The Georgia men’s tennis team (13-2, 6-0 SEC) will make the turn in SEC match play undefeated after two road wins this past weekend.

On Thursday, the third-ranked Bulldogs beat 4-0 Tennessee and on Friday beat Kentucky 4-2

“Tennessee really challenged us in doubles, and it came down to a tiebreaker,” said head coach Manuel Diaz to “Our guys got better in that tiebreaker, and that is a sign of a championship team. I thought we did a tremendous job in all of our singles matches, so it was a good day for our guys.”

At number 1 doubles, where the seventh-ranked Georgia team of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland defeated the second ranked and defending national champions Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese 6-4. In the last four weeks, the Bulldog pair defeated teams ranked 1, 2, 8, 11, 12 and 47.

The number 3 doubles team of Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan stormed back from a 5-6, 0-40 deficit to force and win a tiebreaker against Jack Schipanski and Luis Valero, 7-6(3).

“Our No. 1 doubles team had a very good win against the defending NCAA champions,” Manuel Diaz said. “At No. 3 we were down an early break but our guys did a phenomenal job of competing under pressure.”

On Saturday, the Dawgs moved on to Lexington to defeat Kentucky 4-2.

The Bulldogs fell behind 2-0, but snapped off four consecutive singles wins, extending their winning streak to seven.

“Overall it was a very good weekend for us,” said head coach Manuel Diaz “Our guys competed well today. We were a little disappointed in our start in doubles, but not our finish in singles. I thought we finished strong, so we’re happy to be heading home with two wins.”

Ninety-two ranked Beck Pennington defeated seventeen-ranked Montgomery 6-2, 6-1 at Number 1 ranked singles. The Dawgs went on to win at numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 to secure the comeback win.

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