Bulldogs Fall In First Round Of USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships
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Nov. 3, 2011

FLUSHING, N.Y.-----Georgia seniors Wil Spencer and Sadio Doumbia both lost their opening round matches of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships Thursday at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

Spencer fell to Fresno State's 47-ranked Remi Boutillier, 6-3, 6-2, while Doumbia was defeated by Kentucky's third-ranked Eric Quigley 6-3, 7-6(2). Spencer and Doumbia will now play in the consolation draw beginning Friday.

"We lost to two very good players today," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "Even with the loss, I was very pleased with the way Sadio finished his match. In order for him to be a great player he has to play with a little more confidence on the big points and be aggressive. It took him a while to find that, and he came back and almost pulled it out in the second set. Eric is a great player and deserved to win."

For Spencer, it was only his second loss of the fall. He had defeated Boutillier in the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships last month and now stands at 13-2, while Doumbia is 10-5.

"Wil did not play very well, and he'd be the first to tell you that," Diaz said. "The good thing is that he is trying to do a few things to add to his repertoire - things he needs to do to become a really great player. Right now he's probably thinking a little too much. Still, both Wil and Sadio have great leadership roles on our team, and they are headed in the right direction."

Spencer and Doumbia will play up to two rounds of consolation matches Friday.

"For this tournament, the players in the back draw are just as good as the players in the main draw," Diaz said. "There is still a lot to play for."

Georgia will also have eight players competing in the Bulldog Scramble this weekend in Athens. The three-day round robin event is slated to begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

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