No. 3 Georgia uses singles play to down No. 13 Texas A&M in SEC battle
ATHENS, Ga. -- Third-ranked Georgia ran its winning streak to six matches with a 4-1 victory against No. 12 Texas A&M on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
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.
"We had a few curveballs thrown our way, but we competed well," UGA coach Manuel Diaz said. "We seemed to gain confidence as we went along. Where this team is really impressing me is they aren't getting flustered. They are acting like a veteran team. We're playing well under pressure right now and we're growing up as a team. It seemed to be a dogfight out there. It was tough on every court, but I'm really impressed with our team."
Texas A&M (13-10, 4-4 SEC) edged the Bulldogs in doubles to take the 1-0 lead. Georgia won the first competed match 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 against 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 against 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 against Ore at No. 2.
"I think everyone is playing better as the season goes along," Wagland said. "Even after we lost the doubles point, everyone was fighting hard. [Ore] was playing great tennis and serving well. It came down to a couple of points and I played well in both tiebreakers."
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.