Oct. 3, 2011
ATLANTA-----Georgia sophomore Campbell Johnson beat Armstrong Atlantic’s Matus Mydla, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational Monday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
Johnson, seeded sixth, lost just one set in five matches throughout the tournament for his first collegiate title.
The Bulldogs also played for the doubles crown on Monday, but fell short as Eric Diaz and Garrett Brasseaux dropped an 8-4 decision to Alabama’s third-seeded tandem of Daniil Proskura and Carlos Taborga.
“It was a great day for Campbell,” said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. “He played phenomenal tennis throughout the tournament. It was not to be for our doubles team, but overall it was a great tournament for us.”
Meanwhile in Tulsa, Okla., three Bulldogs began play Monday in the qualifying draw of the ITA All-American Championships. Hernus Pieters and Ignacio Taboada advanced to Tuesday’s second round with straight set wins. Pieters beat No. 72 Jonas Lutjen of Ole Miss, 6-4, 6-3, while Taboada downed Stanford’s John Morrissey, 6-4, 6-2.
“We were able to get off to a good start today,” said Georgia associate head coach Will Glenn. “Ignacio served well, and Hernus did a good job of controlling his points. We’ll try to keep it going tomorrow.”
The Georgia duo will need to win two more matches to join teammates Wil Spencer and Sadio Doumbia in the main draw. Taboada will face Cal Poly’s Andre Dome on Tuesday, while Pieters will go up against George Washington’s Francisco Dias.
Bulldog freshman Nathan Pasha fell to Syrym Abdukhalikov of Tennessee Tech, 6-4, 7-6, and will play in the consolation round on Tuesday. Main draw action for the All-American Championships is scheduled to begin on Thursday.