A 3:47 marathon match came out in favor of the home standing number. 11 Georgia Bulldogs in a narrow 4-3 win over no. Athens at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on 28 Auburn Friday evening; That will also be the site of the SEC Tournament next week.
“This is a tough one to stretch to lose, but I’m proud of this team out of battle,” said the Auburn head coach. Bobby Reynolds said. “We gave ourselves a chance to pull off the win, but give credit to the UFA for their resilience in later stages. We will continue to learn from each situation and match and grow for the future.”
The Tigers wasted no time putting two doubles wins on the scoreboard. The No. 16-ranked duo Tad Maclean and Finn Murgett pushed to their SEC record 9-1 with a quick 6-2 victory over No. 2 63 Hamish Stewart and Tristan McCormick. On court three, Auburn’s combination of Josh Raab and Maxwell Giddens Was too tough for Blake Croyder and Erik Grevelius, defending the Bulldogs by a 6-3 margin.
Murgett was the first to score in the Auburn singles as well, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over court five Blake Croyder to run Murgett’s SEC record to 8-2 this season. Maclean and Raul Dobai Their matches in the forced third sets, and the Dobai prevailed for a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Trent Bryde to tie the team score at 3-3.
Freshman Will Nolan Miguel Perez Pena on court six and the third set on the second set 7-5. The players traded leads and were tied at 4-4 and 5-5 before Perez Pena slipped ahead to take a 6-5 lead and then the 7-5 victory.
The Auburn is 18-8 for the spring season, 5-6 in SEC play and ranked No. 1. 28 in The latest ITA team ratings and no. 24 in The Tennis Channel / USTA Top 25. No. 11 Georgia is 16-6 overall and 8-3 in conference action; The Bulldogs are also No. 11 in This Week’s Tennis Channel / USTA Top 25 poll.
On Sunday, Auburn plays a noon CT match. No. Knoxville will play the regular season at Barksdale Stadium at 5 Tennessee (19-6, 7-4). The SEC Tournament for the Pairings Georgia April 20-24 will be released Sunday evening.
Maclean, with 70 career doubles wins, now ranks ninth all-time among Auburn career leaders in that category, and his 134 combined career wins rank 13th in Auburn history. Galka now has 100 combined victories for his career, 62 at Auburn and 38 at Louisiana.
# 11 Georgia 4, # 28 Auburn 3
# 14 Hamish Stewart (UGA) def. # 34 Tyler Stice (AU) 6-3, 6-1
# 47 Philip Henning (UGA) def. Jan Galka (AU) 6-0, 6-2
# 79 Tristan McCormick (UGA) def. # 124 Tad Maclean (AU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Raul Dobai (AU) def. # 107 Trent Bryde (UGA) 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4
Finn Murgett (AU) def. Blake Croyder (UGA) 6-3, 6-2
Miguel Perez Pena (UGA) def. Will Nolan (AU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
# 16 Murgett / Maclean (AU) def. # 63 McCormick / Stewart (UGA) 6-2
Galka / Stice (AU) v # 27 Bryde / Henning (UGA) 4-4 unfinished
Josh Raab/Maxwell Giddens (AU) def. Croyder / Erik Grevelius (UGA) 6-3
Time of match: 3:47; Finishing Order: Doubles: 1,3; Singles: 2,5,1,3,4,6