The Georgia Gwinnett men’s tennis team has never lost a match at GGC Tennis Facility, and that certainly didn’t change on Tuesday as the top-ranked Grizzlies picked up an 8-1 win over Emory, which entered the match as the No. 2 team in NCAA Division III.
“This was definitely a great match for us to get in before nationals,” GGC Head Coach Chase Hodges said. “Emory is a very good team, and with an 8-1 win, I feel like we are right where we need to be. When you look at the top two spots in both doubles and singles, we lost six games combined, and that really helped set the tone for us today.
The Grizzlies raced out to an early advantage by winning in 8-2 fashion at each of the top two lines. Jordan Cox and Kevin Konfederak teamed up for a No. 1 victory over Alex Ruderman and Scott Rubinstein, and on Court 2, Matias Hatem and Connor Clements handed the loss to Eric Halpern and Aman Manji. Things would not go as well for the Green and Gray at No. 3, as the Australian duo of Lachlan McPhee and Luke Morland fell 9-7 to Rafe Mosetick and David Omsky.
In singles, both Cox and Konfederak, who are ranked second and fifth in the NAIA, picked up 6-0, 6-1 victories over Ruderman and Halpern, respectively, at the top two spots in the line-up. Hatem, the No. 6 player in the country, won 6-0, 6-4 over Mosetick on line three to clinch the match for the Grizzlies.
Morland would follow shortly thereafter with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Omsky at No. 6, and 37th-ranked Clements picked up a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Josh Goodman at No. 4. McPhee, who is ranked just one spot behind Clements, came from behind to win 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 and grab his team-best 12th victory of the year.
With the win, the Grizzlies finished the regular season with a 12-2 record. The team will be looking to defend its NAIA National Championship in Mobile, and the tournament is set to begin on May 12.