Georgia Bulldogs vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - 3/12/14

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Who Wins?

Poll closed Mar 12, 2014.
  1. Ohio State

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  2. Georgia

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  1. TopDawg

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    Big matchup in Athens on Wednesday afternoon - for Georgia it's a chance to get back into the top 10 while Ohio State will be looking to stay in the top 3.

    Georgia leads the series 11-4 and this will be the 7th meeting between the 2 in the last 8 years. Ohio State has won 4 of the last 6.

    The weather forecast for Wednesday doesn't look great with a high in the mid 60s and a 40% chance of morning rain (was at 90% earlier today but dropped). If the showers are gone by late morning they should be fine but if it goes indoors it'll be played on the 4 indoor courts. Going indoors definitely reduces Georgia's chances with Ohio State being the National Indoor Champs. Playing indoors would also mean no streaming video or point by point scoring so let's all hope for no showers.

    Projected Doubles Lineup:
    #1: #3 Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka (OSU) vs. #14 Ben Wagland/Hernus Pieters (UGA)
    #2: Herkko Pollanen/Hunter Callahan (OSU) vs. Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (UGA)
    #3: Chris Diaz/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Austin Smith/Eric Diaz (UGA)

    Doubles Comments: Ohio State is a big favorite at #1 dubs with Kobelt/Metka 10-2 in duals and Wagland/Pieters 3-3. Georgia is the favorite at #3 dubs with Smith/Diaz 9-1 and Diaz/Steinbach 6-6. #2 dubs should be the decider and that one could go either way with Callahan/Pollanen 7-6 and Pasha/Brasseaux 7-2.

    Possible Singles Lineup:
    #1: #9 Peter Kobelt (OSU) vs. #30 Nathan Pasha (UGA) - Kobelt is 10-1 at 1 with quality wins over Mitchell Frank, Harrison Adams, Tom Jomby, and Ray Sarmiento with his only loss to Texas's Soren Hess-Olsen. Kobelt had 4 matches that did not finish (DNF) with the only notable DNF being against Brayden Schnur (trailed 6-7 6-5). Pasha is 6-3 (3-1 at 1, 2-2 at 2, 1-0 at 3) with a quality win over Mackenzie McDonald and with losses to Winston Lin, Yannick Hanfmann, and Lloyd Glasspool. Pasha had 3 DNFs and in those 3 he led Nik Scholtz and Malte Stropp and trailed Hunter Reese.

    #2: #88 Herkko Pollanen (OSU) vs. #16 Austin Smith (UGA) - Pollanen is 6-3 (3-1 at 2, 3-2 at 3) with a quality win over Texas's George Goldhoff and with losses to Shane Vinsant, Gordon Watson, and Ryan Shane. Also had 8 matches not finish - notables were trailed Quiroz (2-6 5-4) and even with Ronnie Schneider in the 3rd. Smith is 7-4 (3-3 at 1, 4-1 at 2) with a quality win over Mikelis Libietis and with losses to Maciek Romanowicz, Ray Sarmiento, Marcos Giron, and Soren Hess-Olesen.

    #3: Chris Diaz (OSU) vs. #66 Ben Wagland (UGA) - Diaz is 5-7 with 4 DNFs (3-3 at 2, 1-4 at 3, 1-0 at 4) with a quality win over Quentin Monaghan and with notable losses to Jeremy Efferding, Lloyd Glasspool, Alex Domijan, Yannick Hanfmann, and Brett Clark. Wagland is 3-3 (0-1 at 2, 3-2 at 3) with 4 DNFs. The only notable opponents he's faced have been George Goldhoff (4th overrule loss), Clay Thompson (6-4 6-5 loss), and Roberto Quiroz (DNF 4-6 3-1).

    #4: Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. #76 Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) - Steinbach is 14-2 (2-0 at 3, 6-2 at 4, 6-0 at 5) with quality wins over Junior Ore, Florent Diep, Justin Shane, and Connor Farren. Losses came to Louisville's Alex Gornet and Notre Dame's Ryan Bandy. Brasseaux is 5-1 playing all matches at 4 with a quality win over Adrien Berkowicz and his loss to Gage Brymer. Also had 2 DNF's (was serving for the match in both of them against Farren and Dromsky). Also missed 4 matches with a groin injury.

    #5: Kevin Metka (OSU) vs. Hernus Pieters (UGA) - Metka is 14-2 (5-2 at 4 & 8-0 at 5) with quality wins over Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Eddy Covalschi, Nick Naumann, and Esben Hess-Olesen. Losses came against Indiana's Daniel Bednarczyk and Dane Webb. Pieters is 8-2 splitting time mainly between 5 and 6 with a quality win against Mississippi State's #4 Jordan Angus and with losses against Jonny Wang and Joseph DiGiulio.

    #6: #72 Hunter Callahan (OSU) vs. #100 Nick Wood (UGA) - Callahan is 15-1 playing all matches at 6 with quality wins against Jordan Daigle and Jonny Wang and his lone loss coming against Oklahoma's Austin Siegel. Wood is 4-2 playing every spot but 1 with 6 additional matches not finishing (was up in 4 of the 6). Wood's best wins are over Dennis Mkrtchian and Mississippi State's #1 Malte Stropp with his 2 losses being to Texas's Nick Naumann and Florida's Gordon Watson (now playing at 1).

    Singles Comments: Each coach could do some shuffling to their lineups. I think Steinbach will be back to 4 and Metka to 5. I think Manny will move Pieters up to 5 and put Wood at 6. I don't see Kobelt losing to whoever Georgia puts out at 1. I like Georgia at 2 with Smith a bigger favorite over Pollanen than Pasha would be in my opinion. I'd lean towards Diaz at 3 over Wagland because Ben has been too erratic this year and I could see Diaz frustrating him. 4 is a toss-up between Steinbach and Brasseaux, 5 would be a soft lean towards Metka with Pieters also liking to serve & volley though not quite as much as Metka. 6 is a toss up between Callahan and Wood. If they play outdoors and there is a big and rowdy crowd then that could be enough to push Georgia over the top at 4 and 6 and Georgia could pull it out 4-3. If it's indoors I'd say Ohio State wins it 5-2.

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    Result from last year's meeting in Columbus:

    #4 Ohio State 5, #6 Georgia 2
    Feb 03, 2013 at Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)

    Singles competition
    1. #8 KU Singh (UGA) def. #1 Peter Kobelt (OSU) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8 )
    2. Blaz Rola (OSU) def. #19 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 6-3, 7-5
    3. Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
    4. #13 Connor Smith (OSU) def. #16 Hernus Pieters (UGA) 6-4, 6-1
    5. #30 Chris Diaz (OSU) def. Austin Smith (UGA) 6-1, 6-4
    6. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Hunter Callahan (OSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)

    Doubles competition
    1. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith (OSU) def. #5 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) 8-3
    2. Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen (OSU) vs. KU Singh/Nathan Pasha (UGA) 5-6, unfinished
    3. Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka (OSU) def. Eric Diaz/Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) 8-3
     
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  2. Gracelhink

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    Thank you Top Dawg for an astute preview and analysis of tomorrow's match.
    Just my 2 cents, you are more confident about OSU #2 doubles than I am, they are trying to get unstuck from a 6 match streak where they have not put a w on the board, 5 losses and 1 no decision.
    Singles preview and predictions are also very sharp.
    Maybe my only 2 exceptions, I would not discount Pollanen at #2, and would lean towards Wagland at #3.
    Agree about the overall outcome, and if I am Georgia coach, I would do everything to avoid playing this match indoors.
    The last few years, Buckeye's spring trips to gain some outdoor experience have ended in difficult learning experiences.
     
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    Supposed to be windy in Athens today but it may be dry by match time.
     
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    Big blow to Georgia's chances - the match will be played indoors not due to rain but high winds.
     
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    The Georgia/Virginia women's match is running long so the start will be pushed back at least 30 minutes and maybe more.
     
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    Watching Murray and planning to follow the scoreboard here. Tough day at the office!
     
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    I'm watching my favorite Dolgopolov vs one of my other favorites Fognini. What a good day. Waiting for this match to start for live scoring
     
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    Foggy is always worth a watch
     
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    Georgia women knocked off Virginia 4-3 so I'm guessing the guys will be on in a half hour or so.

    Doubles is a must for Georgia with the match being played indoors.
     
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    Ohio State changing up the doubles lineup by dropping Callahan from 2 to 3 and having him replace Diaz and Goles-Babic moves into the 2 slot with Pollanen:

    #1: #3 Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka (OSU) vs. #14 Ben Wagland/Hernus Pieters (UGA)
    #2: Herkko Pollanen/Marko Goles-Babic (OSU) vs. Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (UGA)
    #3: Hunter Callahan/Ralf Steinbach (OSU) vs. Austin Smith/Eric Diaz (UGA)
     
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    Looks like Tucker is experimenting . Hope he gets some production out of Goles Babic.
    Buckeyes #2,3 dubs were struggling the past 6 matches.
     
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    No breaks yet in doubles.
     
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    Georgia gets a break on 3. Nice to see that live scoring is running a game plus behind the blog. It'll be rough in singles.
     
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    Ohio State goes up a break on 2
     
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    Ohio State take it at #2 dubs 8-4. For Georgia to win this point they'll have to find a way to take #1.
     
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    Wow, Wagland/Pieters go up a break on 1 so Georgia is serving up 5-4 on both 1 and 3. Still a ways to go
     
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    Austin and Eric take it at #3 dubs 8-4 so it all comes down to #1. Wagland/Pete lead Kobelt/Metka 6-4.
     
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    7-5 Wagland/Pieters. Would be a big upset if they could win this one since they had dropped 2 of their last 3 coming in.
     
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    Georgia takes the doubles point with a 8-6 win at 1.
     
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    Both teams kept their singles lineups the same as they had them for their last match. All 6 should be very competitive.

    Singles lineups
    1) Pasha vs. Kobelt
    2) Smith vs. Pollanen
    3) Wagland vs. Diaz
    4) Brasseaux vs. Metka
    5) Wood vs. Steinbach
    6) Pieters vs. Callahan
     
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    Ohio State serving first at 1, 3, and 4. UGA serving first at 2. Only 4 indoors courts at UGA.
     
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    Diaz gets an early break at 3. His strength is receiving , struggles holding serve.
     
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    5-0 Diaz. Wagland has been a slow starter but has been able to overcome it in the last few weeks. Don't know if Diaz will let him back in today.
     
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    Surprising start for Diaz,
     
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    OK back in front of the pC again, good start dawgs
     
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    With OSU putting Metka at 4 and Steinbach at 5 and Georgia going Wood at 5 and Pieters at 6 I would have said Georgia would be the favorite at 4 but not by much, 5 would be pretty even with a small lean to OSU, and OSU a slight favorite at 6 though as with just about any of these matches they could all go either way. Will see how it all plays out.

    Wagland now up a break in the 2nd.
     
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    Crucial tb at #1
     
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    Wagland up a double break at 3 and Metka up a double break at 4. Kobelt with a big 1st set TB.
     
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    Nice to see Kobelt get that clutch tb,
     
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    Austin Smith TCBing at 2 up 6-2 3-0
     
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    Kobelt now up a set and a break and Diaz is up 2-0 in the 3rd
     
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    Smith needs to finish and Brasseaux needs to dig in.
     
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    Smith finishes as does Kobelt so it's 2-1 Georgia. Both 3 & 4 in the 3rd set.
     
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    Diaz serving for the match at 3. That would be a big win for Ohio State if he can finish.
     
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    Diaz finishes it and it is now tied at 2-2. Metka up a break in the 3rd on 4. Big momentum shift for Ohio State.
     
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    Its going to be very close
     
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    Metka takes it, 3-2 buckeyes
     
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    Ohio State definitely in control now especially with Steinbach taking that first set at 5.
     
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    Momentum swing for Georgia with Pieters taking the set on 6 and Wood breaking and now serving for the set on 5.
     
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    Big breaker for GA at 6
     
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    That was a back and forth set - Pieters led 5-2 then Callahan won 3 straight to tie it at 5. Then in the TB, Callahan led 6-3 and Pieters won 5 straight points.
     
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    Wood goes up a break in the 3rd on Steinbach. This one could go one for another 30 minutes or possible another 90+ depending on how these last 2 play out.
     
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    Wood now up 4-0 in the 3rd on 5 and Pieters serving at 1-2 on 6.
     
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    Crazy momentum shifts all over the place.
     
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    I followed it on the dawg blog. What an ending on an overrule.
     
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    Good win for the Dawgs. This win will give them the rankings boost to get back into the top 10. After Wagland and Brasseaux lost in 3rd sets I thought Ohio State had it. Nice job by Pieters to close one out after he come up short in the match decider against UCLA earlier in the year. I'll admit I had written him off but he's come on strong over the last month or so.
     
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    What a match! 5 and a half hours. So pumped for the Dawgs to get such a big win. It's been a rough start to the season, but two good matches in SEC play last weekend and now a fairly big upset in OSU is making things turn around in a hurry. I hope this is a big confidence booster come tournament time.
     
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  48. TopDawg

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    I saw this video on twitter of match point. Ball definitely appears to hit square on the line.
     
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    Yeah it does. But close enough to justify racket-flinging I guess.
     
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    Tough line to overrule on but looks correct.
     
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