Freshman Ben Wagland will face UVa's Jarmere Jenkins in the first round on Wednesday.
May 21, 2013
URBANA, Ill.-----Four members of the Georgia men's tennis team will begin play in the singles and doubles portion of the NCAA Championships Wednesday and Thursday at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Georgia's four selections to the field is tied with Virginia for the highest total of any team.
The 64-player singles field will include freshman Ben Wagland (26-7) and sophomore Nathan Pasha (32-14), who played Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the last five dual matches for the Bulldogs. The 32-team doubles draw includes the pair of Wagland and Hernus Pieters (27-9), who were selected as a No. 5-8 seed, in addition to Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux (19-8).
Wagland will take on the No. 3 seed Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia in a rematch of Monday's contest, won by Wagland in straight sets. Pasha will face Michigan's Evan King in the first round. In the doubles draw, Wagland and Pieters will open play against UNC Wilmington's Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider, while Pasha and Brasseaux will face Florida State's Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis.
According to the latest ITA singles rankings, Wagland is No. 33, while Pasha is 47th. In doubles, Wagland and Pieters are ranked fifth, while Pasha and Brasseaux are 15th.
Singles play begins Wednesday, while the doubles draw begins Thursday. The finals for both will be held Monday.
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.
In singles, players can achieve All-America status by reaching the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, players who finish in the top-20 of the final ITA singles rankings or are seeded in the top-16 of the NCAA Tournament also earn All-America honors. In doubles, players who reach the quarterfinals, finish in the final 10 of the ITA rankings or are seeded in the top-eight of the NCAA Tournament will be recognized as All-Americans. Pieters earned All-America honors in 2011.
Georgia reached the semifinals of the team tournament, falling narrowly to Virginia, 4-1 on Monday.