Dawgs blank Furman

ATHENS – The No. 2 University of Georgia men's tennis team (4-0) upended the Furman Paladins (1-6) by a score of 7-0 Sunday afternoon at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor courts. Sophomore Luis Flores clinched his second straight match with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Andy Juc at the No. 2 singles position.

"This was a very good, productive match for us," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "All of our guys played well in singles and doubles and we are getting a little bit healthier every day. It was good to get Colin back today and Matic got the afternoon off so we are closer to 100%."

In singles play, second-ranked junior John Isner gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead as he recorded a win at the No. 1 singles spot with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Ben Pauluhn. Junior Ricardo Gonzalez, playing at the No. 4 position, made quick work of Bo Ladyman with a 6-1, 6-2 win to make it a 3-0 Georgia edge, setting up Flores for the clinch.

"John, Luis and Stracky have all been playing very well," said Diaz. "They haven't lost a singles match in dual match play yet. We've been very solid up and down the lineup. I am very pleased."

Following Flores's match clincher, senior tri-captain and 12th-ranked Strahinja Bobusic tallied a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Greg Maarschalk. Varela continues to improve his singles record with his defeat of Daniel Knause 6-4, 6-0 in the 6th spot. In the No. 5 position, junior Colin Purcell finished the match beating Brian Crook in a 6-4, 6-4 battle.

"Colin looked a bit more comfortable out there today than he did yesterday," said Diaz. "He was a little bit rusty yesterday but it is big for us to get him back playing both singles and doubles."

In doubles play, the Bulldog duo of Isner and Flores recorded a quick win over Maarschalk and Pauluhn by a score of 8-3 from the No. 1 position. In the second position, Bobusic and Purcell defeated Brian Cook and Ladyman in an 8-4 contest. With the doubles point in hand, Gonzalez and freshman Josh Varela took a hard-fought loss by a score of 8-7 (7-4) against Will Kieffer and Kahler at the third spot.

"It was another good performance by us in doubles," said Diaz. "It would have been nice to win that third doubles match as well but both John and Ricardo bounced back and won their singles matches which was excellent."

The Bulldogs begin competition at the ITA National Indoor Championships on Feb. 17 in Seattle, Washington. The team enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and the second-ranked team in the country. The Bulldogs will take on 15th-seeded Colorado in the first round at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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