#1 Dawgs drop Rebels to maintain SEC stranglehold

Number one ranked Georgia beat Ole Miss to continue its dominance over the SEC.

March 30, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. - The top-ranked Georgia men's tennis team remained undefeated in Southeastern Conference play with a 5-2 win against No. 6 Ole Miss a on a windy Friday afternoon at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. With the win Georgia improved to 18-1 overall and 7-0 in conference play, while Ole Miss the Rebels dropped to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in the SEC.

Georgia won the doubles point in a highly-contested match on court No. 2. After Georgia claimed the match on No. 3 doubles 8-2, the Rebel duo of Kristofer Stahlberg and Martin Selin defeated 38th-ranked Matias Boeker and Bo Hodge 9-7 at No. 1 doubles. Alex Hartman and Patrick Chucri played Brandon Wagner and Adam Seri to a tiebreaker at No. 2, but the Bulldog duo proved to be too strong, winning 9-8(1) to clinch the point.

Seri topped Claes Lindholm at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-4 to give Georgia a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs went up 3-0 as 43rd-ranked Stahlberg, lost in straight sets to 71st-ranked Lesley Joseph 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Georgia clinched the match when 22nd-ranked and defending NCAA Champion, Matias Boeker defeated 25th-ranked Hartman 7-6(3), 6-3 in the feature match between two of the top collegiate players.

Paul Ciorascu gave Ole Miss its first point of the day with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Nicolas Boeker at No. 5 singles. Selin held off 89th-ranked Hodge 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at the No. 4 position to make it 4-2. Freshman Catalin Gard was down one set (6-3) and behind in the second set to 15th-ranked Wagner at No. 3 singles, before rallying to win a tiebreaker 7-6(6) to force a third set. Wagner would take a 3-0 lead in the third set before going on for a 6-3 margin for the final 5-2 score. Georgia will continue its road swing with a 2 p.m. match against Mississippi State on Easter Sunday in Starkville.

No. 1 Georgia 5
No. 6 Ole Miss 2


SINGLES
#1 Matias Boeker (UGA) def. Alex Hartman (OM) 7-6(3), 6-3
#2 Lesley Joseph (UGA) def. Kristofer Stahlberg (OM) 6-2, 6-1
#3 Brandon Wagner (UGA) def. Catalin Gard (OM) 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3
#4 Martin Selin (OM) def. Bo Hodge (UGA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
#5 Paul Ciorascu (OM) def. Nicolas Boeker (UGA) 7-5, 7-5
#6 Adam Seri (UGA) def. Claes Lindholm (OM) 6-1, 6-4

DOUBLES
#1 Stahlberg-Selin (OM) def. M. Boeker-Hodge (UGA) 9-7
#2 Wagner-Seri (UGA) def. Hartman-Chucri (OM) 9-8(1)
#3 N. Boeker-Joseph (UGA) def. Gard-Ciorascu (OM) 8-2


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