Mississippi State came out of the gate fired up and gave Georgia one of its toughest tests in doubles play all season. The third doubles team of senior co-captains Strahinja Bobusic (Perth, Australia) Purcell, ranked No. 16 nationally, eased through their match, downing Josh Irey and Ryan Farlow, 8-1. MSU tied it up with a win at second doubles however as Pierre Mouillon and Phillipe Frayssinoux took down the 39th-ranked duo of sophomore Luis Flores (Xalapa, Mexico) and junior Matic Omerzel (Kranj, Slovenia), 9-7, leaving the doubles point hanging on the outcome of the first doubles match. In a dramatic nail-biter, Georgia's fifth-ranked tandem of junior John Isner (Greensboro, N.C.) and senior captain Antonio Ruiz (Monterrey, Mexico) battled back from behind, getting their first lead at 6-5. The Bulldog team went on to defeat MSU's Jose-Carlos Pinto and Ivan Bjelica in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (8-6), to claim the point for Georgia.
Georgia stepped up its efforts in singles play, putting on a dominant performance. Diaz's Dogs made it a 2-0 lead with a victory by Flores at the second singles spot as he picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mouillon. Second-ranked Isner then extended the advantage to 3-0 as he downed Bjelica at the first singles spot, 6-2, 6-1, setting Purcell up for the clincher. The win was Isner's 22nd in a row. The remaining singles matches were halted as soon as Georgia clinched the match.
The Bulldogs will face third-seeded Ole Miss in the finals at 3 p.m. Sunday. In their previous meeting in the regular season, Georgia defeated the Rebels by a score of 4-3 in Oxford, Miss. Georgia and Ole Miss clashed last season in post season play as they faced off in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in College Station, Texas, in a match that saw the Rebels take a 4-2 victory.