The Georgia men’s tennis team took down No. 11 Ole Miss, 4-1, Friday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. That marks the Bulldogs’ third-consecutive win over a top-15 opponent.
“I’m just extremely proud of this team,” Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. “They just continue to fight and get better. They’re showing a whole lot of togetherness, and their work ethic is superb. It wasn’t our best performance in doubles, but our guys just fought and fought. Our players at number three – Robert Loeb and Erik Grevelius – pulled it off to take doubles. I thought we did a tremendous job in singles. We fought on every court and did a good job getting off in singles. I think our guys took care of it, and I’m proud of them.”
In doubles, Georgia’s No. 26 pair of sophomores Blake Croyder and Philip Henning earned the first victory on court two, racing past Ole Miss’ Lukas Engelhardt/Nikola Slavic 6-1. That marked their sixth-straight win as a doubles tandem.
After the No. 15 duo of sophomore Trent Bryde and freshman Tyler Zink battled No. 17 Tim Sandkaulen/Finn Reynolds to a close tiebreak loss, freshman Erik Grevelius and senior Robert Loeb clinched the doubles point for the Bulldogs with a thrilling 11-9 win in their tiebreaker.
Georgia earned its three singles wins in quick succession. On court six, Loeb notched a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Engelhardt. Shortly thereafter, No. 88 Croyder secured his eighth-straight singles win this season – his 16th consecutive victory dating back to last season – on account of a 6-4, 6-3 victory on court four.
Bryde capped off Georgia’s third-straight ranked victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 68 Sandkaulen on court one. Bryde now sports an 8-1 record in dual singles play and six ranked wins overall.
The Bulldogs return to action against Mississippi State at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Sunday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m.