No. 9 Wildcats Fall To No. 2 Georgia
March 3, 2002
The Wildcats fell behind early with Georgia (9-1, 2-0 SEC) sweeping the doubles for the opening point. UK's 22nd-ranked duo of Evan Austin and Karim Benmansour were leading UGA's Bo Hodge and Matias Boeker 6-3 before dropping the match, 9-8(4), at No. 1. Jesse Witten and Johan Grunditz suffered the loss at No. 2 while Gustav Pousette and Matt Emery dropped the match 8-4 on the third court.
Kentucky fought back in singles action sending the first four courts all through three sets. Georgia grabbed the 2-0 lead with a victory at No. 4, but the Cats evened the score 2-2 taking wins at No. 2 and No. 3 over UGA's top-ranked players. After dropping the first set, Benmansour upset sixth-ranked Brandon Wagner, 1-6,7-5.6-3, while Evan Austin handed No. 48 Lesley Joseph his first dual-match loss of the season.
Witten and M. Boeker found themselves in a tight battle at No. 1 singles in three sets and a final tiebreaker. Witten had dominated the first set but dropped the second before finding himself in a close third set tiebreak. Boeker would eventually overpower Witten and give Georgia the 3-2 lead with a 4-6,6-2,7-6(6) victory over fourth-ranked Witten. Georgia secured the win over the Wildcats with a straight set win at No. 5 singles.
The Wildcats look to get back on the winning track when they play host to No. 6 Mississippi on Friday, Mar. 8, in the friendly confines of the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. The Cats will then take a break from SEC action hosting Tennessee Tech and Wright State on Sunday Mar. 10.