KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee men's tennis team fought back but finished one point short Sunday in a 4-3 loss to 12th-ranked Georgia at Barksdale Stadium.
The Vols (9-8, 1-4 SEC) lost the doubles point and fell behind 3-0 before chipping away against the Bulldogs (9-6, 5-0 SEC).
Sophomore Timo Stodder recorded his third top-30 win of the spring, beating 26th-ranked Wayne Montgomery 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 at the top of the lineup. Freshman Scott Jones improved to 4-1 in SEC play with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over 46th-ranked Emil Reinberg -- his first career ranked win -- to close Georgia's lead to 3-2.
Valero had won his first set and was up a break early in the second set when Ponwith started to rally. The Vol junior briefly led the third set but Ponwith pulled away for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win to clinch the match at 4-2.
After the match was clinched, Wiedenmann wrapped up a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback over Loeb, his second SEC victory of the season.
"Going into the match, we knew we could beat that team, and we put ourselves in position to win," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "As a coach, we have to reinforce how important it is to have the collective team message that we win as a team and lose as a team. We have so many great things happening individually, even for the players who didn't have their best day today. The message is still when we show up as a team, 1 through 6, we can beat anybody."
The Vols have played four 4-3 matches to start SEC play, going 1-3 in those contests.
Tennessee plays at Texas A&M on Thursday.
#12 Georgia 4, Tennessee 3
1. #86 Timo Stodder (TENN) def. #26 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
2. #99 Nathan Ponwith (UGA) def. Luis Valero (TENN) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Scott Jones (TENN) def. #46 Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-4, 7-6 (3)
4. Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (TENN) 7-5, 6-2
5. Walker Duncan (UGA) def. Jack Schipanski (TENN) 6-4, 6-3
6. Luca Wiedenmann (TENN) def. Robert Loeb (UGA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1. #30 Robert Loeb/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #23 Luis Valero/Jack Schipanski (TENN) 6-4
2. #45 Timo Stodder/Scott Jones (TENN) vs. #60 Nathan Ponwith/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 6-5, unf.
3. Walker Duncan/Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Luca Wiedenmann (TENN) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,1,3,2,6)