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Georgia Headed to National Indoor Championships

Nathan Pasha
Garrett Brasseaux watches as Nathan Pasha makes a save (photo by John Kelley)
[break] The eighth ranked Georgia men’s tennis team advanced to the ITA National Indoor Championships with a 4-0 victory over Utah Sunday afternoon at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility. 
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The Bulldogs (2-0) will join 15 other teams in the National Indoors Feb. 13-16 in Chicago. Georgia has now won 26 consecutive regular season home matches dating back to 2012.
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“We knew we needed to be a little bit sharper today than we were on Friday, and I think our guys played well,” Georgia coach Manuel Diaz said. “I think we played better than we did against Michigan State. Utah was a very competitive team. We played a little bit better doubles than on Friday, and I think we’re still not quite where we need to be, but we seem to be playing sharp in singles and we got the job done.”​
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Georgia won two out of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Nathan Pasha and Nick Wood defeated Johan Jonhagen and Santiago Sierra, 6-2, then Utah (1-1)  answered with a  6-3 win at No. 2, but the 16th-ranked Bulldog duo of Paul Oosterbaan and Ben Wagland clinched the point with a 7-5 win at No. 1.
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Freshman Wayne Montgomery won his team-leading 19th match of the season at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1 over Matt Cowley to extend the lead to 2-0, then Nick Wood made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Freddie McGeehan at No. 4. Austin Smith furnished the clincher with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2.
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Matches at Nos. 1, 5 and 6 were halted when Georgia clinched the win. Sunday’s match lasted just an hour and 59 minutes.

[break] [break] Georgia will be back in action next weekend when it plays host to the SEC/Pac-12 Showdown for the first time. On Saturday, 13th-ranked Florida will take on No. 1 USC at 10 a.m., while Georgia will face No. 4 UCLA at 2 p.m. Sunday’s schedule features Florida-UCLA at 10:00 and Georgia-USC at 2:00 p.m. All matches will be played indoors.

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#8 Georgia 4, #60 Utah 0
[break] [break] Singles competition
1. #15 Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Slim Hamza (UTAH) 6-3, 3-6, unfinished
2. #11 Austin Smith (UGA) def. Cedric Willems (UTAH) 6-3, 6-4
3. #32 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Matt Cowley (UTAH) 6-0, 6-1
4. #101 Nick Wood (UGA) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 6-2, 6-0
5. Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) 2-2, unfinished
6. Johan Jonhagen (UTAH) vs. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) no result
[break] [break] Doubles competition
1. #16 Paul Oosterbaan/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Matt Cowley/Cedric Willems (UTAH) 7-5
2. Slim Hamza/Freddie McGeehan (UTAH) def. #34 Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (UGA) 6-3
3. Nathan Pasha/Nick Wood (UGA) def. Johan Jonhagen/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 6-2
[break] [break] Match Notes:
Utah 1-1; National ranking #60
Georgia 2-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,4,2)
ITA Kickoff
Official: Clark Weaver  T-1:59  A-321

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