May 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia men's tennis junior Nathan Pasha posted a first round win on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Pasha defeated UNC-Wilmington's Rafael Aita, 6-3, 6-4, to move on to the round of 32, and will face Notre Dame's Greg Andrews tomorrow at noon. Sophomore Austin Smith suffered a tight 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5 loss to Drake's Alen Salibasic in his first round match on Wednesday.
The win pushed Pasha to 26-13 on the season, while Smith's campaign ends with a team-leading 35 victories.
"It was really humid out there," Pasha said. "The guy I was playing hit a lot of forehands and long points, so it made for a physical match. I was getting tired, but thankfully I was able to pull it out. He was doing very well with pace. Whenever I hit hard serves, especially to the forehand, he did a good job of counter-punching those, so I just started mixing up my serves and mixing up my paces."
Georgia's No. 5-8 seeded team of Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters will open competition in the doubles tournament tomorrow, set to take on Notre Dame's Andrews and Alex Lawson at 5 p.m. In doubles, players who reach the quarterfinals, finish in the final 10 of the ITA rankings, or are seeded in the top-eight of the NCAA Tournament will be recognized as All-Americans. Pieters and Wagland already qualify by seeding, with Pieters now a three-time All-America and Wagland with two honors.