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UGA Tennis: East-West Bulldog Exchange Edition

SEC play continued as our women's tennis team travelled to Starkville yesterday while the men hosted Mississippi State in Athens. The ladies bounced back from their tough 4-3 loss at home to the Gators last weekend by soundly defeating the Other Bulldogs 7-0. The men remain undefeated in conference play after their 4-3 win over 12th-ranked Mississippi State.

Things started out rough for the guys in Athens as the Western Bulldogs took the doubles point by taking two of three, including a strong performance by the 23rd-ranked pair of Malte Stropp and Louis Cant in their 8-4 win over Georgia's Ignacio Taboada and Hernus Pieters. Our Dawgs came on strong in singles, though, with three quick wins as Taboada defeated Cant 6-2, 6-2, Sadio Doumbia defeated Stropp 6-2, 6-0, and Nathan Pasha defeated Antonio Lastre 6-0, 6-3 to take a 3-1 lead. KU Singh clinched the Georgia win at the number 2 spot with a 6-2, 6-3 win over MSU's James Chaudhry, but the visitors would not go quietly, winning the last two singles matches to make the final score a close 4-3: MSU's George Coupland defeated Pieters 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; Artem Ilyushin bested Wil Spencer 6-4, 7-5.

The UGA men are tied with Kentucky for first place in the East, whom they face at home on 30 March. Florida and Tennessee are third and fourth at 2-1 and 1-2 in conference play, respectively. South Carolina and Vandy are making themselves at home in the Eastern basement at 0-3 each. The men return to action tomorrow at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex as the other Mississippi conference foe pays a visit. Ole Miss is alone atop the Western Division standings at 3-0 in conference play, the RBBs are ranked 16th in the nation.

Meanwhile, the UGA women were in Starkville notching an impressive 7-0 win. Georgia had some help from an incomplete Mississippi State roster. The Bulldogs from the west had only five players available, so Georgia had a win in each of doubles and singles by default. Our Bulldogs went on to sweep doubles play and take a 1-0 lead, never looking back. From there, UGA had decisive victories in four of the five contested singles matches: Nadja Gilchrist defeated MSU's Naomi Tran 6-0, 6-1 at the 3 spot; Lilly Kimbell won her match against Petra Ferancova 6-0, 6-0 at number 2; Lauren Herring bested Olesya Tsigvintseva 6-0, 6-1; and Kate Fuller defeated MSU's Rosaline Dion 6-1,6-2. Chelsea Gullickson had a battle on her hands against the home team's Alexandra Perper but emerged victorious 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(10-4).

Thanks to last weekend's stumble against Florida, UGA's women's team (2-1 SEC) is tied for second in the division with Vandy behind 3-0 Florida. The team finishes their Magnolia State tour tomorrow with a trip to Oxford.