Georgia 4, Clemson 0

May 15, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. The sixth-seeded University of Georgia mens tennis team advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 on the back of a 4-0 defeat of Clemson on Sunday afternoon. Georgia won the doubles point before a two hour and 24-minute rain delay halted play. When conditions warranted restarting the match, the Bulldogs came out and won three consecutive singles contests to take the match.

Im really proud of our guys tonight, said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. The way they just kept their focus and kept after it was terrific. I have a lot of respect for Clemson, (The Tigers) gave us a tough match. I think our team is ready now. Two tough matches have done a lot for our confidence and our guys are finally realizing that they have what it takes in this tournament.

Georgia took the early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Clemson was first off the court as Clement Reix and Sander Koning took down Strahinja Bobusic and Colin Purcell, 8-4, at the No. 2 spot. The Bulldogs bounced back however, as the No. 1 team of John Isner and Antonio Ruiz beat Nathan Thompson and Ryan Young, 9-7, to even it up. With the point resting on the No. 3 doubles match, the Bulldog duo of Ricardo Gonzalez and Matic Omerzel topped Brett Twente and Ryan Cook, 8-5, to clinch the point.

In singles action, Ruiz was first off the court with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Koning at the second singles spot. Shortly afterward, Bobusic made it a 3-0 Bulldog advantage with his 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Twente at the fifth slot. Purcell then clinched the match for Georgia as he topped Young from the No. 4 spot, 6-3, 6-1.

The whole team has been working really hard the past two weeks, said Bobusic. This is a big confidence booster. When you have confidence in the bottom part of your lineup, its huge. We are just a really confident team right now.

Georgia will move on to face 11th-seeded LSU in the NCAA Round of 16 in College Station, Texas on Saturday, May 21.

#7 University of Georgia 4, #27 Clemson 0

Singles competition:
1. #21 John Isner (UGA) vs. #27 Nathan Thompson (CLE) 7-6 (12-10), 4-3, unfinished
2. #71 Antonio Ruiz (UGA) def. Sander Koning (CLE) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #100 Matic Omerzel (UGA) vs. Clement Reix (CLE) 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 3-4, unfinished
4. Colin Purcell (UGA) def. Ryan Young (CLE) 6-3, 6-1
5. Strahinja Bobusic (UGA) def. Brett Twente (CLE) 6-1, 6-1
6. Matias Ormaza (UGA) vs. Clint Boling (CLE) 3-6, 1-1, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. #1 John Isner/Antonio Ruiz (UGA) def. #50 Nathan Thompson/Ryan Young (CLE) 9-7
2. Sander Koning/Clement Reix (CLE) def. Strahinja Bobusic/Colin Purcell (UGA) 8-4
3. Ricardo Gonzalez/Matic Omerzel (UGA) def. Ryan Cook/Brett Twente (CLE) 8-5

Match Notes:
Clemson 25-10; National ranking #27
University of Georgia 18-6; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,4)

Second Round Men's NCAA Tournament
Georgia - #6 Seed; Clemson - #17-32 Seed
After a 2 hour and 30 minute rain delay, play resumed at 8:30 p.m.
Official: Walt Williams T-5:28 A-246

-- Courtesy Georgia