Oct. 1, 2012
TULSA, Okla. --- Georgia sophomore Nathan Pasha and freshman Ben Wagland each won their first round matches in the qualifying portion of the 2012 ITA All-American Championships Monday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Pasha and Wagland move into the second round and must win two more matches to claim their places in the main draw set to begin Thursday.
“Nathan played a tremendous match – it was three-and-a-half hours long, the longest of the day,” said associate head coach Will Glenn. “He showed that his hard work and fitness are paying off, and played well to finish it off. Our freshman Ben played a strong senior from Indiana and is on track for a good tournament.”
Pasha started his run in Tulsa with Monday morning’s 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(3) win over Amerigo Contini of Virginia Tech, and will take on Baylor’s Julian Lenz Tuesday in the second round. Wagland defeated IU’s Isade Juneau by a score of 6-4, 7-5, and will meet the winner of today’s first round match between Michael Redlicki of Duke and Harrison Richmond of Virginia.
The All-American Championships is the first leg of the collegiate grand slam and features the largest field of any collegiate tennis championship, as more than 300 players will compete for the first national title of the 2012-13 season. Senior and 10th-ranked KU Singh and junior Hernus Pieters will compete in the singles main draw beginning Thursday, while Wagland and Pieters will also play in the qualifying doubles draw starting tomorrow.