No. 4 Georgia rolls past Furman
Bulldogs’ Pasha improves to 19-6 with singles victory
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 4 Georgia opened the outdoor season with a 6-1 win against Furman.
The Bulldogs (9-1) swept the doubles point and continued to roll in singles, with Nathan Pasha capturing the clinching victory for the third consecutive time after being named the SEC Freshman of the Week last Wednesday.
Georgia started the day by winning all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Pasha and Ignacio Taboada won the first completed match at No. 2, 8-4 against Jacob Behal and Andrew Mellow, while Wil Spencer and KU Singh -- playing together for the first time -- clinched the point at No. 3 with an 8-4 win against Watson George and Nate Collins.
At No. 1, Sadio Doumbia and Hernus Pieters completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win against the 49th-ranked tandem of Alex Christ and Joel Cook.
In singles, No. 43 Taboada increased Georgia’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 7-5 win against Cook at No. 4, then No. 72 Pieters beat Robbie Aru, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5 to make it 3-0.
Pasha then won at No. 6 where he defeated Luke Synn, 6-3, 6-2. He has won eight matches in a row and is 8-0 dual matches, 19-6 overall.
No. 21 Doumbia secured Georgia’s fifth point at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Christ for his team-leading 24th singles victory of the year, before No. 55 Singh quickly made it 6-0 as he downed Behal, 7-5, 6-2.
On the final remaining court, Spencer rebounded from a 6-4 loss in the first set to Mellow with a 6-4 win of his own in the second, but the Mellow gave the Paladins their lone win on the afternoon with a 10-7 decision in the third-set super tiebreaker.