Feb. 27, 2014
Athens, Ga. – Georgia Tech was shut out for the first time this spring, 4-0, at the hands of 35th-ranked Georgia Thursday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The 46th-ranked Yellow Jackets lost for the third time in five matches and fell to 6-3, while the Bulldogs improved to 4-5. Tech has played four top-40 teams this spring and has another one on the road next Tuesday when it visits No. 11 Tennessee.
Georgia won the doubles point on courts 3 and 2 where Eric Diaz and Austin Smith dispatched Tech’s freshman duo of Cole Fiegel and Will Showers, 8-5 and Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha got by Casey Kay and Nathan Rakitt in a tiebreaker, 8-7. Tech’s top team of Carlos Benito and Eduardo Segura, ranked 36th nationally, were leading the No. 14 team of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland, 6-4, but the match was halted after Georgia captured the point.
From there, the Bulldogs struck quickly in singles with Pasha (ranked No. 30) taking out Rakitt at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2, and Pieters downing Kay, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4. Tech’s Benito fought back from a first-set loss to even his match with No. 16 Smith on court 2, but Smith won the third set, 6-0, to clinch the match.
The other three matches were not completed, though Segura and Showers were putting up a fight for Tech in their third sets on courts 3 and 6.
#35 Georgia 4, #46 Georgia Tech 0Feb 27, 2014 at Athens, Ga.
Singles competition 1. #30 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-1, 6-2 2. #16 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 3. #66 Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Eduardo Segura (GT) 6-4, 3-6, 3-3, unfinished 4. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Casey Kay (GT) 6-2, 6-3 5. Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Cole Fiegel (GT) 7-6 (8-6), 1-3, unfinished 6. Eric Diaz (UGA) vs. Will Showers (GT) 7-5, 2-6, 3-1, unfinished
Doubles competition 1. #14 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. #36 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) 4-6, unfinished 2. Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Casey Kay/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-7 (7-1) 3. Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) def. Cole Fiegel/Will Showers (GT) 8-5
Match Notes: Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,4,2) Official: Clark Weaver T-3:04 A-260