UGA men’s tennis rolls over Clemson

The No. 6 Georgia men’s tennis team won all three doubles matches and five singles matches in straight sets en route to a 6-0 win over No. 55 Clemson Thursday at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility.

“I thought the guys did a great job today,” Georgia coach Manuel Diaz said. “We expected a really tough match, and the score might sound like the match was easier than it was. Our guys were really on point and sharp today. This really does a lot to our confidence going forward.”

Georgia (3-0) took the doubles point to go ahead 1-0. At No. 1, the fifth-ranked tandem of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland defeated Austin Ansari and Yannick Maden, 8-1, to improve to 15-4 on the season. Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha clinched the point at No. 2 with an 8-6 win over Clemson’s Gerardo Meza and Ayrton Wibowo. Austin Smith and Nick Wood finished off the doubles sweep at No. 3 with an 8-5 win over Hunter Harrington and Zachary Rigsby.

To start singles, Smith cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Wibowo at No 4, then Wagland made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Meza at No. 3. No. 19 Pasha furnished the match clincher at No. 1 where he defeated No. 75 Maden, 7-6(3), 6-2.

No. 16 Pieters gave the Bulldogs their fifth point when he topped Harrington, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2. Freshman Nick Wood made it 6-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rigsby at No. 5. Brasseaux’s match at No. 6 was suspended after the first set.

“It was a great victory by our No. 1 doubles team, and we got solid play at Nos. 2 and 3, which were new teams. It was a tremendous win by Nathan Pasha in singles, playing a great player in Yannick Maden. He got down in the tiebreaker and won six points in a row to pull the tiebreaker out. He played tremendous tennis in the second set, so that was a great win for him. It was a good team effort by everybody.”

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