Bulldogs To Begin Play At ITA All-American Championships
KU Singh will compete in the main draw on Thursday.

KU Singh will compete in the main draw on Thursday.
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Sept. 30, 2012

ATHENS-----Georgia sophomore Nathan Pasha and freshman Ben Wagland will begin play in the qualifying portion of the ITA All-American Championships Monday in Tulsa, Okla. 

The All-American Championships is the first leg of the collegiate grand slam and features the largest field of any collegiate tennis championship, as more than 300 players will compete for the first national title of the 2012-13 season. Pre-qualifying began on Saturday and the qualifying rounds will be held Monday through Wednesday before main draw competition begins Thursday. Senior and 10th-ranked KU Singh and junior Hernus Pieters will compete in the singles main draw, while Wagland and Pieters will play in the qualifying doubles draw.

“Our guys are really looking forward to this opportunity,” said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. “They get to measure themselves against the best players in the country, and they’re really excited about that. I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made this fall, with Hernus being a finalist at the Southern Intercollegiates and Nathan winning at Napa Valley. We’ve seen Ben make a lot of progress too, and he’s put in lots of hard work. As coaches we’re looking forward to seeing how they compete this week.”

Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-11 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The last Bulldog to win the singles title in Tulsa was Travis Helgeson in 2007, which marked the third straight year a Georgia player reached the finals of All-Americans as John Isner won the title in 2005 and advanced to the final again in 2006. Also in 2006, Isner and Luis Flores won the doubles title.  Last season, senior Wil Spencer reached the singles final, while seniors Ignacio Taboada and Sadio Doumbia reached the doubles semifinals.

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