ATHENS, Ga. – The No. The 11-ranked University of Georgia men’s tennis team used a dominant performance in singles to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide 5-2 on Easter Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Georgia ends the regular season with a 17-6 record and 9-3 mark in Southeastern Conference competition. The Bulldogs have the earned No. 4 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament, which Georgia hosts in Athens. The tournament begins on Wednesday, but the home team has earned a double-bye and will not play until Friday.
“I was proud of the way the guys responded incredibly well after the doubles,” head coach Manuel Diaz said. We did a tremendous job in The Pit. Philip winning that first set really gave us some momentum early on. Trent Bryde got off the court quick, followed by Blake and Thomas. This was a great match going into the SEC Tournament, which will be right here at home. We are looking forward to having great crowds, and we are just going to get our guys rested for Friday. “
The day began with a disappointing start in doubles. Following a 6-4 loss by the No. 27-ranked tandem of Trent Bryde and Philip Henning at court two, the remaining doubles courts would be decided in a tiebreaker.
Britton Johnston and Erik Grevelius stormed out to a 6-1 lead in the tiebreaker and won their match against German Samofalov and Joao Ferreira, 7-6 (3) at No. 3, while Georgia graduate seniors Tristan McCormick and Hamish Stewart were locked in a tight battle at the top spot.
The No. 52-ranked Alabama pair of Filip Planinsek and Patrick Kaukovalta fought off a pair of match points to earn the 7-6 (8) victory over the Bulldog duo.
As the contest moved to singles, senior Trent Bryde quickly evened the match at 1-1 with his dominating 6-1, 6-0 triumph against Samofalov at court four. Fellow senior Blake Croyder then put the Bulldogs up 2-1 with his decisive 6-4, 6-2 win at the fifth singles position.
Freshman Thomas Paulsell added another point for the Bulldogs as he took down Zach Foster, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.
Senior Philip Henning clinched the contest with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory at court No. 2. No. 14-ranked Stewart added Georgia’s final point with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory against No. 36-ranked Filip Planinsek at the No. 1 singles spot.
Georgia will start playing on Friday at the SEC Tournament in Athens. Tickets can be purchased on GeorgiaDogs.com.
Tennis Match Results
Alabama vs Georgia
April 17, 2022 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
# 11 Georgia 5, Alabama 2
1. # 14 Hamish Stewart (UGA) def. # 36 Filip Planinsek (ALA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. # 47 Philip Henning (UGA) def. Patrick Kaukovalta (ALA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
3. Enzo Aguiard (ALA) def. # 79 Tristan McCormick (UGA) 7-5, 7-5
4. # 107 Trent Bryde (UGA) def. German Samofalov (ALA) 6-1, 6-0
5. Blake Croyder (UGA) def. Joao Ferreira (ALA) 6-4, 6-2
6. Thomas Paulsell (UGA) def. Zach Foster (ALA) 6-4, 6-2
1. # 52 Filip Planinsek / Patrick Kaukovalta (ALA) def. # 63 Tristan McCormick/Hamish Stewart (UGA) 7-6, 10-8
2. Enzo Aguiard / Juan Martin (ALA) def. # 27 Trent Bryde/Philip Henning (UGA) 6-4
3. Britton Johnston/Erik Grevelius (UGA) def. German Samofalov / Joao Ferreira (ALA) 7-6 (7-3)
Alabama 18-10, 0-12 SEC
Georgia 17-6, 9-3 SEC; National ranking # 11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,5,6,2,3,1)