July 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- A pair of Georgia men's tennis players advanced on day one of the ITA Summer Circuit in Athens on Thursday, with rising senior Will Oliver winning two matches and redshirt sophomore Eric Diaz winning one with his second match delayed until Friday.
Oliver - a No. 5-8 seed - received a bye into the round of 64, then defeated Wofford's Jackson Keith 4-6, 7-5, 1-0(8) and ECU's Ross Nigro, 6-1, 6-2 to move into the round of 16 scheduled for Friday. Meanwhile, Diaz - the men's singles No. 2 seed - also received a bye before defeating Kyle Childree of Boston College by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(8) in the round of 64 Thursday. Rain delayed play for much of the opening day, leaving Diaz's round of 32 match postponed until Friday. He will take on Alex Holland of Army.
Georgia rising junior Garrett Brasseaux - seeded third - defeated Daniel Strawn, 6-3, 6-4, in the round of 64 before falling 6-4, 6-1 to Forest Edwards of UNC Charlotte in the round of 32.
Play resumes today and will run through Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. UGA is again serving as host for the summer tour, the second stop in the Southeast region leading up to the annual USTA/ITA National Summer Championships set for Aug. 10-14 in Bloomington, Ind.
Complete results from the weekend will be posted on the tournament central page on Georgiadogs.com.
Three other former and current Bulldogs are in action this weekend at the BB&A Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station, with Ignacio Taboada taking part in the doubles main draw alongside Georgia Tech's Kevin King, and rising sophomore Nathan Pasha set to compete for a spot by taking part in the singles qualifying draw. Play in Atlanta begins Saturday with qualifying play and main draw action to begin Monday. Current world No. 11-ranked John Isner is also on the schedule for the BB&T Open.