The second-seeded Georgia men’s tennis team conceded the doubles point to seventh-seeded LSU, but the Bulldogs bounced back to win four straight singles matches to defeat the Tigers in the SEC Tournament being played today in the belly of the beast in Gainesville, Fla.
After doubles losses by both the Javier Garrapiz-Hernus Pieters and Drake Bernstein-Wil Spencer tandems, the Red and Black were down 1-0. Ignacio Taboada then dispatched Julien Gauthier 6-3, 6-3 to even the competition, and the Red and Black proceeded to sweep the remaining singles matches.
Sadio Doumbia was the next to finish off his Bayou Bengal opponent, winning 6-4, 6-2. Once Pieters did away with Sebastian Carlsson 6-4, 6-1, Spencer clinched the contest by giving Olivier Borsos a 6-4, 6-1 sendoff to cap off what was, both ecclesiastically and athletically, a Good Friday for the Bulldogs.
Tomorrow, Georgia will face third-seeded Kentucky. Earlier today, the Wildcats got by sixth-seeded Auburn, 4-3, when UK’s Alex Musialek overcame cramping, fatigue, and heat to secure the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win that clinched the match.