March 28, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 12 Georgia men’s tennis team beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 4-0 on the Henry Feild Stadium Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon. The Gamecocks split the weekend’s matches and look forward to facing archrival Clemson Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Georgia earned the doubles point after wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles spots. Bo Hodge and John Isner were the first Bulldogs to clinch their match with a 8-6 win over South Carolina’s Geraldo Knorr and Pedro Rodrigues at No. 1 doubles. The No. 3 tandem of Ricardo Gonzalez and Matic Omezel finished with a strong 8-5 victory over the Gamecock’s Ben Atkinson and Carl Wermee.
With the doubles point already decided, both head coaches decided to suspend the No. 2 doubles match to move ahead with singles play.
After a brief intermission, Georgia extended its match lead to 2-0 with a solid performance by Senior Bo Hodge at the No. 1 singles position. Hodge out-muscled South Carolina’s Marcus Westman to secure the victory 6-4, 6-2.
Hodge’s win was shortly followed by another decisive performance by Freshman Matic Omerzel at the No. 4 spot moving the Bulldogs up to 3-0. Omerzel won out over the Gamecock’s Geraldo Knorr in two quick sets, finishing 6-4, 6-2.
The match was decided once again by Freshman John Isner in two sets at the No. 2 singles spot. Isner took the first set over Tom Eklund after a tie break finishing 7-6(4). Isner and Eklund then battled out the second set, but Isner pulled out on top winning the set 7-5
With the match decided, coaches again decided to suspend the remaining singles matches.