May 25, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Senior Wil Spencer saw his run in the 2012 NCAA Singles Championships come to an end Friday afternoon, falling 6-1, 6-3 to the overall No. 2 seed Mitchell Frank of Virginia in the round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Spencer was locked in a battle with the star freshman, but dropped the first set 6-1 before building two match points of Frank's first two service games of the second set trying to swing the momentum. But Frank would fight back to hold in each, then broke Spencer at 2-3 to pull away en route to the 6-3 victory in the second.
"I knew it was going to be a grind," Spencer said. "He's a tough player - he's only lost one match for a reason. He's a solid player, he grinded. I thought I played well some points, but I got a little tired. He's a guy that takes advantage. If you give him anything he's going to jump on it. I had a lot of games where I had game points but I just made some stupid errors."
"You don't want to think about [your last match] too much because you have to focus on the match," he said. "It's been such a special time. It's tough that I'm not ever going to play here again. I feel so much support and it's been awesome."
Spencer finishes his career with an 8-5 singles record in NCAA play and an overall singles record of 104-48. He went 32-13 in 2012 with 21 ranked wins. This was his best run in three career trips to the individual tournament with two prior first round losses, and he was the first Bulldog to reach the round of 16 since Nate Schnugg in 2009.
The Georgia men's tennis team concluded its 2012 season with an overall team record of 26-3 and a 34th SEC championship in the books.