Oct. 23, 2011
ATHENS----Georgia senior Ignacio Taboada won two more singles matches Sunday to advance to the finals of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Taboada will face Kevin King of Georgia Tech for the title Monday at 10:00 a.m., the same time Georgia’s Wil Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux will play for the doubles crown.
The singles and doubles winners of all ITA Regional Championships earn an automatic bid to the National Indoor Tournament in New York Nov. 3-6. Spencer has already earned a berth in the singles draw.
Georgia had three of the four players in the singles semifinals, including Taboada, No. 1 seeded Sadio Doumbia and Hernus Pieters. Taboada beat Georgia Tech’s No. 7 seed Juan Melian Puigventos in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-4, then rallied to beat Pieters, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Doumbia won his first match of the day, 7-5, 6-2, over Florida State’s Jordan Kelly-Houston, then fell to King, 6-0, 6-3. Pieters downed Florida’s Spencer Newman, 6-3, 6-3 to set up the match with Taboada in the semifinals.
“Ignacio has done a tremendous job so far,” said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. “Kevin King played a phenomenal match. Sadio didn’t play his best, and Kevin had a lot to do with that. I’m sure Ignacio will be ready to play tomorrow.”
In doubles, Spencer and Brasseaux advanced to Monday’s final with an 8-3 win over Florida’s sixth-seeded duo of Bob van Overbeek and Andrew Butz. They will face the Gators’ No. 1 seeded Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam for the title.
For Spencer and Brasseaux, it was their third straight win over a seeded team after eliminating the second seeded duo from Georgia Tech Saturday and the fifth-seeded duo from Florida on Friday. The Bulldog tandem had not played together in a college match until Friday.
Pieters and Taboada played for the third time following their singles match, dropping an 8-6 doubles decision to Federhofer and Slilam.
“Florida played a great doubles match,” Diaz said. “We could have done a few things a little better, but give credit to Florida for doing a tremendous job. They returned much better than we did.”
Georgia’s Sunday Results
Sadio Doumbia (1), Georgia vs. Jordan Kelly-Houston, FSU, 7-5, 6-2
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia def. Juan Melian Puigventos (7), Ga. Tech, 6-4, 6-4
Hernus Pieters, Georgia def. Spencer Newman, Florida, 6-3, 6-3
Kevin King (6), Ga. Tech def. Sadio Doumbia (1), Georgia, 6-0, 6-3
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia def. Hernus Pieters, Georgia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Nassim Slilam/Billy Federhofer (1), Florida def. Ignacio Taboada (3)/Hernus Pieters (3), Georgia, 8-6
Wil Spencer/Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia def. Bob van Overbeek/Andrew Butz (6), Florida, 8-3