July 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia men’s tennis redshirt sophomore Eric Diaz registered three straight-set wins Friday to stake his place in the singles semifinals of the 2012 ITA Summer Circuit at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
As the tournament’s No. 2 seed, Diaz started his day on Friday with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Army’s Alex Holland in the round of 32 before dispatching Ben Barnette of South Carolina, 6-2, 6-3 in the round of 16. Diaz then finished his undefeated day by knocking off Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt by a score of 6-2, 6-3 to advance to Saturday’s semifinal – where he will meet unseeded Daniel Riggs of Cornell. Main draw action will start not before 11 a.m. tomorrow and results will be posted to Georgiadogs.com.
In other singles main draw action, Bulldog rising senior Will Oliver fell in the round of 16 to UNC Charlotte’s Jack Williams by a tight 4-6, 7-6(5), 1-0(8) score, though Oliver is still alive in doubles and will compete in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
Also in Georgia men’s tennis news, a host of Bulldogs will begin play tomorrow at the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station, as rising sophomore Nathan Pasha will compete for a spot in the singles main draw when qualifying play starts Saturday at 9 a.m. Additionally, former Bulldogs Ignacio Taboada, Wil Spencer, and Drake Bernstein – the newly-named women’s tennis assistant coach at Georgia – were each awarded wildcards into the qualifying draw and will join Pasha. Qualifying play continues through Monday.
Taboada is also competing in the doubles main draw with Georgia Tech’s Kevin King, while former Georgia four-time All-American and local favorite John Isner is headlining the event. The formal draw ceremony is set for Saturday.
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