Oct. 12, 2013
ATLANTA-----Three members of the Georgia men's tennis team won their opening round singles matches on the first day of main draw action at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships Saturday.
No. 1 seed Ben Wagland, No. 2 seed Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux (9-16) advanced to play in the round of 32 on Sunday at Georgia Tech's Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The winners will play again in the round of 16 Sunday afternoon.
The singles and doubles winners of the ITA Regionals will earn bids to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York Nov. 7-10. Sophomore Austin Smith has already earned a singles berth.
Wagland and Brasseaux prevailed in three sets in their respective matches. Wagland came back to beat Florida State's Grayson Goldin, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, while Brasseaux downed Miami's Omar Aly, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Pasha won his match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, over Mercer's Arnav Mohanty.
"We have three guys moving on, but we didn't have the greatest day," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "Overall we did not play great. As a group, I'm interested in seeing how we respond and show some toughness. I know the guys are a little tired because for some it is their fourth tournament in a row and others were playing their first matches of the year. We know we have some things to work out, so we get a chance to improve tomorrow."
In doubles, the top-seeded team of Pieters and Wagland and the No. 3 seeded duo of Brasseaux and Pasha won their first round matches before falling in the round of 16.
Sunday's main draw schedule includes two rounds of singles and the doubles quarterfinals. The tournament will conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Tuesday.
Singles Round of 64
 #19 Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Grayson Goldin (FSU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Gabriel Flores (Miami) def. Nick Wood (UGA), 7-6(2), 6-3
 #32 Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Arnav Mohanty (Mercer), 6-1, 6-2
 Wilfredo Gonzales (Miami) def. Eric Diaz (UGA), 6-4, 6-2
[9-16] Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) def. Omar Aly (Miami), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles Round of 32
 #2 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Tianyu Bao/ Dean Tsama (FGCU), 8-4
 #7 Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA) def. Gabriel Flores/Diego Soto (Miami), 8-3
Jordi Vives/Lucas Vaz (FGCU) def. Eric Diaz/Nick Wood (UGA), 8-6
Doubles Round of 16
Nathan Rakitt/Cole Fiegel (GT), def.  #2 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA), 8-4
Benjamin Lock/Marco Nunez (FSU) def.  #7 Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA), 8-6
Georgia Main Draw Schedule for Sunday
Singles Round of 32
 #19 Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Sasha Gozun (USF)
 #32 Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF)
[9-16] Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) vs. Oliver Pramming (USF)
*Round of 32 singles winners will play again in round of 16 on Sunday.