May 13, 2012
ATHENS-----The second-seeded Georgia men's tennis team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Championships with a 4-1 win over No. 33 Florida State here Sunday. The match was moved indoors to the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts due to rain.
The Bulldogs (25-2) will face either North Carolina or Tennessee in the round of 16 Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Georgia is now 25-3 in the NCAA Tournament dating back to 2007, and this marks the Bulldogs' ninth straight trip to the round of 16.
"Florida State came out and played great doubles," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had to make an adjustment in the singles. We came out with a lot of conviction and played lights out, and that's really encouraging when you face adversity like this and you convincingly make a statement."
Florida State (19-10) won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. The Seminole tandem of Dominic Cotrone and Anderson Reed beat Wil Spencer and KU Singh, 8-3 at No. 3, then Georgia answered at No. 2 where the No. 41 duo of Nathan Pasha and Ignacio Taboada downed Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock, 8-4. FSU clinched the doubles point at No. 1 where No. 54 Jordan Kelly-Houston and Blake Davis topped Hernus Pietes and Sadio Doumbia, 8-4.
In singles, 19th-ranked KU Singh gave Georgia its first point at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Davis. A No. 4, 52nd-ranked Taboada gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead with his 6-4, 6-4 win over Lock, then No. 32 Doumbia made it 3-1 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Bucaro at No. 3.
Senior Wil Spencer clinched the match for the Bulldogs at No. 1 with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Kelly-Houston. Matches at Nos. 5 and 6 were suspended with Georgia leading in both.
"It feels good, but it doesn't matter who clinches," Spencer said. "It's a team effort. It takes the whole team to do it. It felt good for my confidence, and its good for me going into the round of 16. You always love to clinch."
Daily tickets for the NCAA Championships will go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Monday. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for youth (college age with ID and younger).
The tournament begins Thursday at 9 a.m. with the women's round of 16. The Georgia women will face Texas Thursday at 4 p.m. The team finals for both genders will be played Tuesday, May 22, and the singles and doubles portion of the tournament is slated to begin May 23.
Florida State vs Georgia
May 13, 2012 at Athens, Ga.
(Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts)
#3 Georgia 4, #33 Florida State 1
1. #11 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
2. #19 KU Singh (UGA) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #32 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 6-0, 6-4
4. #52 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Benjamin Lock (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Cristian Gonzalez (FSU) 5-4, unfinished
6. #60 Hernus Pieters (UGA) vs. Jason Zafiros (FSU) 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
1. #54 Jordan Kelly-Houston/Blake Davis (FSU) def. Hernus Pieters/Sadio Doumbia (UGA) 8-4
2. #41 Nathan Pasha/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Andres Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FSU) 8-4
3. Dominic Cotrone/Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Wil Spencer/KU Singh (UGA) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,3,1)