Six Bulldogs Advance To Second Round Of ITA Regional
Eric Diaz

Oct. 21, 2011

ATHENS-----Six members of the Georgia men's tennis team won opening round singles matches at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. In doubles, the Bulldogs have four of the eight teams remaining in the tournament.

No. 1 seed Sadio Doumbia, Nathan Pasha, Eric Diaz, Ignacio Taboada and Hernus Pieters all won their respective singles matches in straight sets, while Campbell Johnson outlasted his opponent in the third set. For Diaz, it was his third win in two days after winning a pair of qualifying matches on Thursday.

Georgia's six players in the singles main draw is the most of any team in the tournament.

In doubles, the Bulldog tandems of third-seeded Taboada and Pieters, fourth-seeded Doumbia and Pasha, Wil Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux, and Johnson and Will Reynolds all won two matches to reach the quarterfinals.

The singles and doubles champions of each USTA/ITA Regional earn automatic bids to the National Indoor Tournament Nov. 3-6 in New York.

"It was a fantastic day," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "As we go forward here tomorrow, it's another big day. We'll have to stay on track and understand the challenges ahead. Hopefully we'll be ready. It was a great day today, and we're looking forward to tomorrow. It's still early."

Play is scheduled to begin Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with four doubles quarterfinal matches and the first round of singles consolation. The Bulldogs will start play in the singles main draw at 11:00 a.m.

Friday's Georgia Results
Singles Round of 64
Sadio Doumbia (1), Georgia def. Maksim Levanovich, Stetson, 6-2, 6-1
Dusan Miljevic, Ga. Tech def. Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia, 6-2, 6-2
Nathan Pasha, Georgia def. Victor Mauz, Miami, 6-2, 6-1
Eric Diaz, Georgia def. Yannick Yoshizawa, USF, 7-5, 7-5
Campbell Johnson, Georgia def. Dominic Cotrone, FSU, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia def. Alex Toliver, KSU, 6-1, 6-0
Matthijs Verdam, Ga. Southern def. Will Reynolds, Georgia, 6-1, 6-2
Hernus Pieters, Georgia def. Njal Stene, Stetson, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles Round of 32
Eric Diaz/Will Oliver, Georgia def. Louis Theodor/Gianni Kubin, KSU, 8-5
Ignacio Taboada (3)/Hernus Pieters (3), Georgia def. C.Salif Kante/Takura Happy, FAMU, 8-4
Campbell Johnson/Will Reynolds, Georgia def. Mitch Thams (7)/Juan Bolona (7), UCF, 8-6
Sadio Doumbia/Nathan Pasha (4), Georgia def. Yannick Yoshizawa/Oliver Pramming, USF, 8-3
Wil Spencer/Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia def. Njal Stene/Didrik Berg, Stetson, 8-2

Doubles Round of 16
Nassim Slilam/Billy Federhofer (1), Florida def. Eric Diaz/Will Oliver, Georgia, 8-2
Ignacio Taboada (3)/Hernus Pieters (3), Georgia def. Julian Belair/Beau Treyz, UNF, 8-4
Campbell Johnson/Will Reynolds, Georgia def. Victor Mauz/Santiago Nieto, Miami, 8-6
Sadio Doumbia/Nathan Pasha (4), Georgia def. Alain Garrido/Kyle Hoffman, Ga. Southern, 8-2
Wil Spencer/Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia def. Spencer Newman/Tripper Carleton (5), Florida, 8-3

Saturday's Georgia Match Times
Singles Round of 32
Sadio Doumbia: 11:00 a.m.
Nathan Pasha: 11:30 a.m.
Eric Diaz: Noon
Campbell Johnson: 12:30 p.m.
Ignacio Taboada: 1:00 p.m.
Hernus Pieters: 1:00 p.m.

Singles Consolation
Garrett Brasseaux: 10 a.m.
Will Reynolds: 10:30 a.m.

Doubles Quarterfinals
Ignacio Taboada/Hernus Pieters: 9:00 a.m.
Sadio Doumbia/Nathan Pasha: 9:00 a.m.
Wil Spencer/Garrett Brasseaux: 9:00 a.m.
Campbell Johnson/Will Reynolds: 9:00 a.m.



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