It was a good weekend for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia won both men's and women's tennis titles, downing Tennessee in both matches Sunday afternoon.
The No. 2 Georgia men's team beat the Vols, 4-3, in Lexington, Ky. The final match lived up to its expectations as No. 7 UT (18-5, 11-3 SEC) and UGA fought to the very end.
Georgia (22-1, 14-0 SEC) began the match the way they had hoped, breaking the Vols' six-match streak of winning the doubles point. Georgia's No. 3 pair of Matias Boeker and Travis Parrott struck first, breaking a six match winning streak for the Vols' No.
45 duo of Peter Handoyo and Andy Crews 8-1 in the No. 1 match. The Bulldog tandem of Bo Hodge and Brandon Wagner then clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 victory over Tennessee's No. 18 pair of Mark Parsons and Adam Carey in the No. 2 match.
After losing the doubles segment convincingly to the Bulldogs, the Vols fought back to tie the match at 3. Leading the way for the Vols were juniors Adam Carey and Mario Toledo, who were the only two Vols to go undefeated in SEC tourney action. No. 60 Ada
m Carey defeated No. 50 Travis Parrott 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 3 match. No. 70 Mario Toledo won his second straight match after returning from injury over No. 44 Brandon Wagner 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 5 match.
Tennessee freshman Simon Rea continued his exceptional play this spring in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Nicholas Boeker in the No. 6 match.
Georgia's duo of Matias Boeker and Bo Hodge started the scoring in the singles frame for the Bulldogs with impressive victories in the No. 1 and 2 matches, respectively. No. 4 Boeker defeated No. 30 Mark Parsons 6-3, 6-3 for his seventh straight win. No.
6 Hodge ended No. 26 Peter Handoyo's six match win streak 6-4, 6-3.
Georgia's No. 35 Lesley Joseph and Tennessee's No. 94 Paul Podbury were left to settle the 3-3 tie in their No. 4 match. Joseph stormed back in the first set tiebreak to take the first frame. He then went up a break in the second set and was able to hold
on for the tournament title clinching 7-6, 6-4 victory.
This is a tough one to take, Fancutt said. I really thought we had them beat, but they showed they are a championship quality team and they won the match. I believe we are a championship caliber team as well, but someone has to win. This was just two g
reat teams doing battle and what makes it more bitterly disappointing is that I thought it was ours right up until the end. I really hope we get another shot at those guys in the NCAA tournament.
The No. 4 Lady Vols fell to the No. 6 Lady Bulldogs, 4-1, at the SECs in Starkville, Miss.
In doubles, it looked like the Lady Bulldogs would cruise through easily. Lori Grey and Aarthi Venkatesan crushed Vilmarie Castellvi and Kim Gates 8-0 at No. 1, while at No. 2, Agata Cioroch and Tina Hojnik jumped out to a 3-1 lead over Crystal Cleveland
and Alison Ojeda. Yet, Ojeda and Cleveland tied the match at 3-3 and broke Cioroch and Hojnik to go up 4-3, eventually winning 8-3. The doubles point came down to the final match at No. 3. At that match, Georgia's Christa Grey and Mariel Verban and Tennes
see's Brooke Cordell and Agnes Wiski traded game after game. Cordell and Wiski were at a point to win the match, leading 8-7, but Grey and Verban broke the Tennessee duo to send the match into a tiebreak. The Lady Bulldogs took the doubles point as Grey a
nd Verban took Cordell and Wiski 9-8 (3).
Yet, Georgia dominated the singles. Anne Nguyen put the Lady Bulldogs up 2-0 by defeating Castellvi 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3. Verban put Georgia one match point away from the title as she took a 6-3, 6-3 straight set victory over Kim Gates at No. 2. The Lady Vol
unteers finally got on the scoreboard as Ojeda upset Venkatesan 6-4, 0-6, 6-1. Yet, Georgia secured its third SEC tournament title at No. 4 as Cioroch defeated Wiski 7-5, 6-4. Cioroch battled back from a 4-2 deficit in the first set to clinch the match. G
eorgia was in control at the other two singles matches before they were suspended. At No. 5, Lori Grey had split sets with Cleveland, and was leading 3-0 in the third set, while at No. 6, Hojnik was about to defeat Cordell as she had won the first set 6-
4 and led in the second 5-4.
The Vols and Lady Vols now wait seeding in the NCAA tournament. The men's selection show is on May 3 while the women's invite comes on May 4.