No. 3 UGA men’s tennis team tops No. 12 Texas A&M, boosts winning streak to six

The third-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team ran its winning streak to six matches with a 4-1 victory over No. 12 Texas A&M Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Bulldogs (15-4, 7-1 SEC) will enter the final two weeks of the regular season alone in first place in the overall Southeastern Conference standings as no other team has fewer than three conference losses.

With the win, Georgia also remained perfect at home this season with a 10-0 record. Sunday’s match began outdoors, but was moved to the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility during singles due to rain.

Texas A&M (13-10, 4-4 SEC) edged the Bulldogs in doubles to take the 1-0 lead. Georgia won at No. 2, where the No. 41 team of Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha beat 25th-ranked Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant, 8-3. The Aggies answered at No. 3, where Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo beat KU Singh and Austin Smith, 8-2, then A&M clinched the point at No. 1 as 11th-ranked Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow defeated sixth-ranked Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland, 8-6.

Soon after singles began, play was halted for 28 minutes due to rain and the match was moved indoors. No. 41 Pasha gave Georgia its first point with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Adams at No. 3, then Pieters defeated No. 93 Vinsant, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 4. Pieters rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the second set to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

At No. 1, 11th-ranked Singh extended the lead to 3-1 with a 7-6(5), 7-5 win over No. 40 Efferding, then No. 64 Wagland clinched his team-leading sixth match of the season with a 7-6(3), 7-6(6) win over Ore at No. 2.

Smith led No. 118 Withrow, 7-5, 5-2 at No. 5 when the match was suspended, while Marco Nunez led Szabo, 3-1, at No. 6.

The Bulldogs travel to play LSU and Arkansas this weekend and wrap up the regular season at home with matches against Auburn and Alabama on April 12 and 14, respectively.

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