May 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Four members of the University of Georgia men’s tennis team were awarded at-large bids to the individual singles tournament to be held May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, the NCAA announced Wednesday evening. Four selections marks the second-most in the singles field behind only three-time defending NCAA team champion Southern Cal’s five.
Senior Wil Spencer – ranked No. 10 in the April 24 ITA ranking with a record of 29-11 – was awarded a No. 9-16 seed, which secures him his second consecutive All-America honor and Georgia’s 81st overall. Joining Spencer in the singles tournament will be fellow seniors Sadio Doumbia (30-14) and Ignacio Taboada (32-10) as well as junior KU Singh (22-4). Sophomore Hernus Pieters (33-10) was named the first singles alternate.
Spencer and Doumbia are playing in the second individual tournament of their careers, while it marks the first trip for Taboada and Singh.
Spencer and Garrett Brasseaux were named the sixth alternate into the doubles field.
Match-ups for the singles and doubles tournaments will be announced during the team portion of the NCAA Championships set for May 17-22 also in Athens. A total of 64 players will participate in the singles in addition to 32 doubles teams.
“I’m sure our guys are focused on the team tournament first, but they’ll be excited,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “We’re busy training and getting ready for the NCAA Championships, but this is a great tribute to the depth of this team and the dedication that each one of the guys has had this season.”
Georgia players have won the NCAA singles title four times: Mikael Pernfors in 1984 and 1985, and Matias Boeker in 2001 and 2002. Pernfors beat teammate George Bezecny for the crown in 1985. The Bulldogs have won three NCAA doubles titles including Ola Malmqvist and Allen Miller in 1983, Boeker and Travis Parrott in 2001, and John Isner and Antonio Ruiz in 2005.
Georgia (23-2) is hosting the NCAA Championships for the 30th time in 2012. The Bulldogs yesterday learned they received the overall No. 2 seed and will host regional rounds here May 12-13, taking on MEAC champion South Carolina State in their opening match on Sat., May 12 at noon.