Tennis Wins At No. 27 Clemson, 5-2

CLEMSON, S.C. - The No. 2 University of Georgia men's tennis team (2-0) took down No. 27 Clemson (4-1) on the Tigers' home courts Friday afternoon by a score of 5-2. Junior John Isner put the cap on the Bulldogs' first road test of season as he defeated Sander Koning at the No. 2 singles position, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to seal the win.

"Overall it was a pretty solid effort today," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "In particular Luis (Flores), Antonio (Ruiz) and Stracky (Bobusic) all won very clean, straight-set matches and John (Isner) did a good job to hold on and clinch for us."

In singles play, Flores gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 edge with a win at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-4, over Reix. Ruiz then put the Dogs up by a 3-0 overall score with his 7-6, 6-3 defeat of Jenkins at No. 3 singles, to set Isner up for the clincher. Bobusic, playing from the fifth singles position, dropped only one game as he made it 5-0 in Georgia's favor with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Clint Boling.

Georgia had taken a 1-0 match lead by winning the doubles point, led by the No. 1 and No. 3 Bulldog duos. Isner and senior captain Antonio Ruiz started things off with an 8-6 victory over Jarmaine Jenkins and Ryan Young at the top spot. Senior captain Strahinja Bobusic and junior Ricardo Gonzalez then teamed up to take down Brett Twente and Paul Koenke, 8-5, to clinch the point. Sophomore Luis Flores and junior Matic Omerzel put in a tough effort, but fell in the No. 2 slot, 9-8 (5), to Koning and Clement Reix.

With the match already in hand for Georgia, Clemson was able to pick up its two points in singles, as Young defeated Omerzel in the fourth spot in a very tight match, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, and Twente downed Gonzalez in another close one, 7-5, 7-5.

"My only real complaint with today's match is that we were unable to finish strong," said Diaz. "In both singles and doubles, once we had it clinched, the remaining matches lost. But, that's the reason we play them out. Hopefully we can learn something from those matches and continue to improve individually and as a team."


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