Originally created 05/26/98

Georgia makes NCAA finals in men's tennis



ATHENS, Ga. -- Unbeaten Stanford shut out Mississippi State and third-seeded Georgia upset No. 2 Louisiana State on Monday to advance to the finals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.

Today's finals will be a rematch of the 1997 finals, won by Stanford in Los Angeles.

The Cardinal (27-0) drubbed No. 4 Mississippi State 4-0, Stanford's 23rd shutout this season.

Paul Goldstein, playing No. 1 singles for the Cardinal, led the win over Mississippi State (21-5) with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Thomas Dupre, the eighth-ranked player in the nation. Goldstein was ranked No. 24.

Georgia (26-3), the host school, lost to LSU during the regular season and in the finals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

LSU (25-2) was forced to substitute at No. 6 singles with Jonas Samuelsson after starter Eduardo Villagomez was scratched because of severe cramps following Sunday's quarterfinal win over Mississippi. Samuelsson, who hadn't played singles in two months, lost the decisive match to Georgia's Sherif Zaher 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.