Nathan Pasha was one of seven Bulldogs to advance in the singles bracket on Friday.
Oct. 19, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-----Seven members of the Georgia men's tennis team won their opening round matches at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships held at Florida State University on Friday.
Hernus Pieters, Nathan Pasha, Austin Smith, Ben Wagland, Eric Diaz, Marco Nunez and Garrett Brasseaux advanced to the second round, which will begin Saturday at 9 a.m., and the winners will play again later in the day in the round of 16.
Third-seeded Pieters defeated Georgia Tech's Garrett Gordon, 6-4, 6-4, eighth-seeded Pasha beat Miami's Marco Stancati, 6-4, 6-2, while Smith downed Everth Dzib of South Florida, 6-3, 6-2, and Wagland cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Miami's Omar Aly. Smith and Wagland are among the players seeded 9-16.
Diaz rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Georgia Southern's Andrew Dromsku, Nunez outlasted Florida State's Andres Bucaro, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(8), and Brasseaux beat the Seminoles' Michael Rinaldi, 6-4, 7-6(5).
In doubles, the second-seeded team of Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha won two matches to reach the quarterfinals. They first defeated Rayane Djouad and Marco Osorio of Georgia Southern, 9-8(3), then cruised past South Florida's Federico Sabogal and Everth Dzib, 8-1.
"A lot of good things happened today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had a terrific day in singles and some really great battles by our guys. We lost a couple of close matches in doubles, but still played well. We're coming along as a team. Our challenges will be tougher starting tomorrow, but we are excited about the great opportunities we have."
In other singles action, Will Oliver and Casey Kay dropped their opening round contests after winning two qualifying matches apiece on Thursday. The Bulldogs are a combined 11-2 in singles after two days at the ITA Regional.
Play continues Saturday in Tallahassee with two rounds of singles followed by the doubles quarterfinals. The singles and doubles champions of the ITA Regionals earn an automatic bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York.
Friday's ITA Southeast Regional Championships Results
Main Draw Singles
Marco Nunez (UGA) d. Andres Bucaro (FSU), 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(8)
[9-16] Austin Smith (UGA) d. Everth Dzib (USF), 6-3, 6-2
 Florent Diep (UF) d. Will Oliver (UGA), 6-4, 6-3
 Hernus Pieters (UGA) d. Garrett Gordon (GT), 6-4, 6-4
Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) d. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 6-4, 7-6(5)
Eric Diaz (UGA) d. Andrew Dromsku (GSU), 6-3, 6-2
 Nathan Pasha (UGA) d. Marco Stancati (MIAMI), 6-4, 6-2
[9-16] Ben Wagland (UGA) d. Omar Aly (MIAMI), 6-4, 6-4
 Juan Spir (GT) d. Casey Kay (UGA), 6-3, 6-4
Main Draw Doubles
Eric Diaz/Ben Wagland (UGA) d. Didrik Berg/Laurynas Antropikas (Stetson), 8-4
Eric Diaz/Ben Wagland (UGA) d. Amar Hromic/Juan Bolona (UCF)
 Michael Alford/Florent Diep (UF) d. Eric Diaz/Ben Wagland (UGA), 9-8(8)
 Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA) d. Rayane Djouad/Marco Osorio (GSU), 9-8(3)
 Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA) d. Federico Sabogal/Everth Dzib (USF), 8-1
Will Oliver/Austin Smith (UGA) d. Chris Janssen/Jose Fantova (FAU), 8-5
 Juan Spir/Vikram Hundal (GT) d. Will Oliver/Austin Smith (UGA), 8-0
Billy Federhofer/Gordon Watson (UF) d.  Hernus Pieters/Marco Nunez (UGA), 8-4