Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland will play for the consolation doubles title on Sunday.
Oct. 6, 2012
TULSA, Okla.-----Georgia senior KU Singh topped Tulsa’s Japie DeKlerk, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5) on Saturday before falling in the semifinals of the ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Ohio State’s Peter Kobelt beat Singh, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, to reach the final. Despite the loss, Singh has secured a bid to the ITA National Indoor Tournament Nov. 8-11 in New York.
In the doubles consolation bracket, Georgia’s duo of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland advanced to the final with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Oregon’s Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen. They Bulldog tandem will play Sunday for an automatic berth in the ITA National Indoor Tournament.
“It was a long day, but our guys played great,” said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. “KU did a great job, especially after such a long match this morning. He had an impressive run this week and showed a lot of fight to put himself in position to win. Unfortunately it wasn’t so. Still, KU can hold his head high. In doubles, our guys are playing great. They have a lot at stake tomorrow, and they’ll be ready to go.”
Six other Bulldogs are in action this weekend at the Bulldog Invitational in Athens. Georgia came out firing in doubles with wins on all three courts. Junior Garrett Brasseaux and freshman Marco Nunez topped Pablo Gor and Jaan Kononov of Armstrong Atlantic, 8-5. Sophomore Eric Diaz and freshman Austin Smith downed Sven Lalic and Matus Mydla of Armstrong Atlantic, 8-3, while senior Will Oliver and freshman Casey Kay finished Matt Browne and Ben Horst of Furman, 8-6.
In singles, Nunez and Smith notched morning wins. Nunez bested Alex Christ of Furman, 7-6, 6-4, while Smith defeated Furman’s Browne with a 6-1, 6-4 win.
“We had a much better day today,” said assistant coach Will Glenn. “The freshmen are starting to come on strong. We got three wins each from Nunez and Smith and they really showed some maturity from yesterday. Even in a losing effort, Casey Kay played one of the best matches he’s played all year against a great player. We’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
In the afternoon singles the Bulldogs saw victories on three courts from Brasseaux, Smith, and Nunez. Brasseaux defeated Furman’s Droll 6-3, 6-1, and Smith stayed perfect as he toppled Regan of Armstrong Atlantic, 6-4, 6-3. Finally, Nunez remained perfect on the day as he defeated Kononov, 6-4, 6-3.
Play resumes Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Admission is free.