Oct. 22, 2011
ATHENS-----Georgia's Sadio Doumbia, Ignacio Taboada and Hernus Pieters each won two matches on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Taboada and Pieters also won a doubles match to advance to the semifinals, joining another Bulldog duo, Wil Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux.
"We had a great day," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "We had some really tough matches. We didn't win them all, but I think our guys did a terrific job. We have three in the quarters, and the level of competition just got tougher. I'm really proud of our guys and the way they played, and hopefully tomorrow will be a good day."
Doumbia, seeded No. 1, cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win over UCF's Francesc Aulina in the round of 32, then beat Florida's Billy Federhofer 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16. Taboada also won both of his matches in straight sets, topping Florida State's Andres Bucaro 6-4, 6-3 and Florida's No. 4 seeded Bob van Overbeek, 7-6(5), 7-6(5). Pieters rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kennesaw State's Louis Theodor in his first match, then rallied to beat Florida A&M's Levan Clark, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
All three Bulldogs will play quarterfinal matches Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Spencer and Brasseaux will face Florida's van Overbeek and Butz in the doubles semifinals at 12:00 p.m.
Spencer and Brasseaux beat Georgia Tech's Kevin King and Dusan Miljevic, 9-7, while Taboada and Pieters beat teammates Will Reynolds and Campbell Johnson, 8-4.
Johnson won his second round match Saturday against Gabriel Flores of Miami, then fell to King in the round of 16.
Saturday's Georgia Matches
Singles Round of 32
Sadio Doumbia (1), Georgia def. Francesc Aulina, UCF, 6-4, 6-3
Wael Kilani (8), USF def. Nathan Pasha, Georgia, 0-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)
C.Salif Kante, FAMU def. Eric Diaz, Georgia, 6-0, 6-1
Campbell Johnson, Georgia def. Gabriel Flores, Miami, 6-4, 6-4
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia def. Andres Bucaro, FSU, 6-4, 6-3
Hernus Pieters, Georgia def. Louis Theodor, KSU, 6-0, 6-1
Singles Round of 16
Sadio Doumbia (1), Georgia def. Billy Federhofer, Florida, 6-2, 6-2
Kevin King (6), Ga. Tech def. Campbell Johnson, Georgia, 6-2, 6-2
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia def. Bob van Overbeek (4), Florida, 7-6(5), 7-6(5)
Hernus Pieters, Georgia def. Levan Clark, FAMU, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Singles Consolation Round of 32
Cristian Gonzalez Mendez, FSU def. Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia, 6-3, 7-5
Omar Aly, Miami def. Will Reynolds, Georgia, 6-3, 6-0
Ignacio Taboada (3)/Hernus Pieters (3), Georgia def. Campbell Johnson/Will Reynolds, Georgia, 8-4
Bob van Overbeek/Andrew Butz (6), Florida def. Sadio Doumbia/Nathan Pasha (4), Georgia, 8-5
Wil Spencer/Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia de. Kevin King/Dusan Miljevic (2), Ga. Tech, 9-7