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ATHENS – The No. 1-ranked University of Georgia men's tennis team (18-0, 7-0 SEC) remained undefeated with a 7-0 win over the Kentucky Wildcats (12-5, 5-2) Friday night at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The match-clinching win came off the racquet of senior captain Colin Purcell (Louisville, Ky.), as he took down Marcus Sundh, 6-1, 7-5, breaking Sundh's serve to pick up the win.

"This was another good win for us today," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "Kentucky challenged us at every position except maybe six, they played hard at every spot in the lineup. They are a well coached team and they can be a threat to anyone they play. I am excited for our guys because they understand exactly what we are playing for in every match."

After winning the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead, Georgia extended its advantage to 2-0 as junior Ricardo Gonzalez (Aquadilla, Puerto Rico) eased past Greg Anderson, 6-1, 6-2, from the sixth singles position. Junior John Isner, ranked No. 1 in the country, gave the Dogs a 3-0 edge with his 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 54 Bruno Agostinelli at the top spot, setting up Purcell for the clincher. Isner's win was his 16th in a row.

With the match decided, sophomore Luis Flores (Xalapa, Mexico) made it a 5-0 score in Georgia's favor as he topped No. 41 Alex Hume, 6-4, 6-2, winning his seventh straight match. Junior Matic Omerzel (Kranj, Slovenia) was next off the court to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead with a 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) win, while senior captain Antonio Ruiz (Monterrey, Mexico) completed the sweep with a come from behind, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) victory.

"We didn't play our best at No. 3 and No. 4 today," said Diaz. "But I am proud that they came through in the tiebreakers to win."

In doubles action, Georgia's 11th-ranked senior captain duo of Strahinja Bobusic (Perth, Australia) and Purcell defeated Shane Collins and Sundh, 8-2 from the third position. Soon after, 9th-ranked Isner and Ruiz posted an 8-2 win over Emge and Hume to clinch the doubles point at the top spot. The second doubles match ended with Georgia defaulting, despite a 6-4 lead.

Georgia's final regular-season home match will be played on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. as Vanderbilt visits the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Senior Day.

"We have another big day ahead of us on Sunday," said Diaz. "It will be the last home match (in the regular season) for three of our guys. I'm sure it will be a sentimental day so that is another challenge we will have to overcome."

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