Sophomore Nathan Pasha
Athens, Ga.--- The Georgia men's tennis team survived a rainy Saturday seeing three Bulldogs move on to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Championships.
"You can't win them all," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had some great matches that we competed well in today. We lost by a little bit but overall it was a great day and we've got to come out tomorrow.
In Division I singles, junior Hernus Pieters and sophomore Nathan Pasha advanced to the quarterfinals after pushing through the round 32 and round of 16. Pieters posted a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Juan Meian of Georgia Tech before adding a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Florent Diep of Florida. Pasha took to the day with a 6-3, 6-4, victory over Zach White of Mississippi State before downing White's teammate Malte Stropp, 6-1, 6-3.
"The day was capped by a great effort and a great win by Hernus," added Diaz. "He really competed like a true Bulldog. He was great around the net and really just earned a great victory today. Nathan Pasha played the best match I've ever seen him play. I think he is setting a new standard for himself and he's making a believer out of all of us."
The trio of Georgia freshmen struggled as fourth seeded Juan Spir of Georgia Tech defeated Austin Smith, 6-4, 7-6(7). Florida's Michael Alford routed Georgia's Marco Nunez, 6-2, 6-1 while Armstrong Atlantic's Georgi Rumenov bested Ben Wagland, 7-6, 6-1.
In Division II singles, redshirt freshman Casey Kay overcame Georgia Southern's Albert Codina Sala, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the round of 32. Kay continued to roll with a straight set victory over Timo Kranz of North Florida, 6-2, 6-2.
In the consolation round, Georgia's Garrett Brasseaux ousted North Florida's Daniel Sotomarino 6-1, 7-5. Bulldogs Eric Diaz and Will Oliver were staged for matches in the consolation round; however, these matches were postponed due to rain.
Play will begin Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at 8:30 a.m. with the round of 16 doubles matches on the docket. Consolation play will resume at 10:00 a.m.
The draw as well as tournament news and updates will be posted to Georgiadogs.com throughout the weekend.