Fifth-seeded Hernus Pieters is one of three Bulldogs seeded in the top five, along with No. 1 Ben Wagland and No. 2 Nathan Pasha.
Oct. 10, 2013
ATHENS-----The Georgia men’s tennis team will travel to Atlanta this weekend for the ITA Southeast Regional Championships held at Georgia Tech’s Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
The tournament will begin with a qualifying round on Friday. Six Georgia players will be in action Saturday in the 64-player singles main draw and a 32-team doubles draw.
The singles and doubles winners from all 12 regional sites will earn bids to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York Nov. 7-10. Austin Smith has already earned a singles berth by reaching the quarterfinals of the All-American Championships last week in Tulsa, Okla., and will not compete in the ITA Regional.
“We have a big challenge this weekend,” said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. “If we are playing our best, hopefully our guys play up to their capability and handle the challenges. We appreciate all the hard work from Austin these last three weeks, and hopefully we can add to our representation at the National Indoors.”
One round of singles play and two rounds of doubles are slated for Saturday. The tournament will conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Tuesday.
In Georgia history, 10 Bulldogs have won the ITA Regional singles title. Wil Spencer was the last to do so in 2010.
ITA Southeast Regional Championships Schedule of Play
Friday, Oct. 11 (play begins at 8 a.m.)
Qualifying singles rounds of 32 and 16 (8 winners into main draw)
Qualifying singles consolation round of 16
Saturday, Oct. 12 (play begins at 8 a.m.)
Main draw singles round of 64
Doubles rounds of 32 and 16
Main draw singles consolation round of 32
Sunday, Oct. 13 (play begins at 8 a.m.)
Singles rounds of 32 and 16
Monday, Oct. 14 (play begins at 9 a.m.)
Singles quarterfinals and semifinals
Tuesday, Oct. 15 (play begins at 9 a.m.)
Finals in singles and doubles
Georgia Schedule for Saturday
Singles Round of 64
8 a.m. -  #19 Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. qualifier
8 a.m. – Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Gabriel Flores (Miami)
10 a.m. –  #72 Hernus Pieters (UGA) vs. Casey Kay (Georgia Tech)
10 a.m. –  #32 Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. qualifier
11:30 a.m. – Eric Diaz (UGA) vs.  Wilfredo Gonzales (Miami)
12 p.m. - [9-16] Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) vs. Omar Aly (Miami)
Doubles Round of 32
3:30 p.m. -  #2 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) vs. Tianyu Bao/ Dean Tsama (FGCU)
3:30 p.m. –  #7 Garrett Brasseaux/Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Gabriel Flores/Diego Soto (Miami)
3:30 p.m. – Eric Diaz/Nick Wood (UGA) vs. Jordi Vives/Lucas Vaz (FGCU)
*Doubles winners play again Saturday in round of 16.