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Browne Picks Up Singles Win Versus 8th-Ranked Georgia

Matt Browne
Matt Browne

ATHENS, GA. – The eighth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team topped Furman, 6-1, Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.  Paladin rookie Matt Browne defeated Eric Diaz, 6-1, 6-3, at number five singles to score for Furman.

The Bulldogs clinched the opening point with doubles wins at flight one and flight three.  Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha teamed up for an 8-1 victory over junior Joel Cook and senior Andrew Mellow in the top match, and the duo of Will Oliver and Ben Wagland bested sophomore Jacob Behal and senior Tyler Droll, 8-3, at number three.  Georgia's Eric Diaz and Marco Nunez led Browne and junior Alex Christ, 7-3, in an unfinished match at flight two.

In singles play, Georgia (6-3) swept the first four matches and claimed a win at flight six to complete the team win.  Pasha, ranked 21st nationally, posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mellow at number one singles, and 92nd-ranked Wagland defeated Christ, 6-1, 6-1, at flight two.  Austin Smith recorded a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Cook in the third singles match, and Brasseaux was victorious, 6-0, 6-1, versus Behal at number four.  In the sixth singles match-up, Nunez held on for a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) win over Droll.

Furman (2-6) will compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles in La Jolla, Calif., March 1-3.


#8 Georgia 6, Furman 1
Feb 24, 2013 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)

Singles competition

1. #21 Nathan Pasha (UG) def. Andrew Mellow (FUR) 6-1, 6-3

2. #92 Ben Wagland (UG) def. Alex Christ (FUR) 6-1, 6-1

3. Austin Smith (UG) def. Joel Cook (FUR) 6-3, 6-1

4. Garrett Brasseaux (UG) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-0, 6-1

5. Matt Browne (FUR) def. Eric Diaz (UG) 6-1, 6-3

6. Marco Nunez (UG) def. Tyler Droll (FUR) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)


Doubles competition

1. Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UG) def. Joel Cook/Andrew Mellow (FUR) 8-1

2. Eric Diaz/Marco Nunez (UG) vs. Matt Browne/Alex Christ (FUR) 7-3, unfinished

3. Will Oliver/Ben Wagland (UG) def. Jacob Behal/Tyler Droll (FUR) 8-3


Match Notes

Furman 2-6

Georgia 6-3; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,5,4,3,1,6)

Official: Walt Williams T-2:31 A-465