May 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia senior Wil Spencer won his second round singles match Thursday at the NCAA Championships in Athens to advance to tomorrow's round of 16 - a mark that makes him an All-America for the second consecutive season.
Spencer was already an All-America by virtue of receiving one of the top-16 seeds into the singles field of 64, but made sure to back it up by winning his first two matches. The Ponce de Leon, Florida, native is Georgia's lone representative remaining on the men's side as he defeated Virginia Tech's Luka Somen by a score of 6-4, 7-5 including breaking at love to seal it.
"It's huge," Spencer said. "The competition here is so tough, and you want to get done as fast as you can. It's good to get done in a timely fashion and not push it to three sets. We played earlier this year and it went three sets, so I knew it would be a tough match."
"It's another chance to play here on the home courts before I'm done," Spencer said. "I thought I played well today, and that gives me confidence going into my next match."
Spencer is now a combined 8-4 in his career in NCAA matches, including 2-2 in individual play. This is now his best run in three career singles tournaments after he lost in the first round in both 2009 (at Texas A&M) and 2011. He is 32-12 on the season with 21 victories over ranked opponents.
Spencer will continue his charge tomorrow when he takes on second-seeded Mitchell Frank of Virginia. The two met last fall in the finals of the ITA All-America Championships in Tulsa with Frank taking it 6-1, 7-5.
Also today Georgia's Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada lost their singles second round matches. Doumbia was topped by LSU's Neal Skupski 6-2, 6-3, while Taboada suffered the setback in a battle with Kentucky's No. 9-16 seed Alex Musialek. Taboada dropped the first set but rallied to take the second set via a tiebreaker, 7-6(9), before conceding a late break and surrendering the decisive third set, 6-4.
Georgia players have now reached the round of 16 in the singles tournament a total of 35 times in program history, with Spencer the first since Nate Schnugg in 2009.
Match times for tomorrow will be released later tonight and posted to Georgiadogs.com.