Pasha To Play For Spot In ITA Main Draw
Hernus Pieters

Oct. 2, 2012

TULSA, Okla. --- Georgia sophomore Nathan Pasha overcame a 6-4, 5-2 deficit to win his second round singles qualifying match Tuesday and will play for a spot in the main draw at the 2012 ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa.

Pasha trailed a set and two breaks before rallying to defeat Baylor’s Julian Lenz by a score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to tomorrow’s final qualifying round vs. Tennessee’s Jarryd Chaplin at noon ET.

Lenz had previously defeated the No. 1 seed Justin Shane of Virginia.

“Nathan had an incredible win today,” said associate head coach Will Glenn. “He was down a set and two breaks, but he kept hanging in there. He showed great heart and earned a really impressive win over one of Baylor’s top players. We are really pleased with his progress. His opponent tomorrow is from Tennessee, so he'll have another opportunity to take care of business. That was a big-time win today. Ben [Wagland] came up a little short today and is continuing to compete well. He'll be on the right track for the rest of the season.”

The freshman Wagland was also playing in his second qualifying match today, but fell 6-2, 6-2 to Duke’s Michael Redlicki.

But Wagland would rebound later in the day in doubles, teaming with junior Hernus Pieters after a first-round bye to win the second round match 8-5 over the Blue Devils’ Redlicki and Jason Tahir. The Bulldog duo will take on Old Dominion’s Villa and Ochagavia tomorrow in third-round action.

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.

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