Sept. 21, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-----University of Georgia sophomore Austin Smith continued his run through the SEC Fall Tennis Classic with a 7-6(3), 7-6(2) win over Vanderbilt's sixth-seeded Gonzales Austin Saturday at the Currey Tennis Center.
Smith will face Kentucky's Beck Pennington in the semifinals Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern. The winner will play again at 1:30 p.m., in the final against the winner of Texas A&M's Harrison Adams and LSU's Chris Simpson.
"It was another great win by Austin," head coach Manuel Diaz said. "He has really solidified himself and is really showing marked improvement. AJ Gonzales is a tremendous player. A week ago it was Austin's highest ranked win, and now he's beaten him twice in a week. He's on an impressive run, and we're excited for him."
Smith and 35th-ranked Gonzales squared off in the quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens last weekend. Smith won, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and now has three wins over ranked opponents in the last week, including a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tennessee's 24th-ranked Hunter Reese on Friday.
In doubles, Nathan Pasha and Hernus Pieters won their third straight match and advanced to the semifinals with an 8-5 win over Florida's No. 42 team of Maxx Lipman and Stephane Piro. The Georgia tandem then fell in the semifinals to Mississippi State's sixth-ranked team of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp, 8-5.
This SEC Fall Classic replaced the SEC Coaches' Indoor Championships, which was previously played in January before the dual match season.
Saturday's Georgia Matches
Austin Smith (UGA) def. #35  Gonzales Austin (VAN), 7-6(3), 7-6(2)
Nathan Pasha/Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. #42 Maxx Lipman/Stephane Piro (UF), 8-5
#6  Jordan Angus/Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Nathan Pasha/Hernus Pieters (UGA), 8-5
Sunday's Georgia Matches
10 a.m. - Austin Smith (UGA) vs. Beck Pennington (UK) (winner plays again at 1:30 p.m.)