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."