The 10th-seeded Georgia men‚Äôs tennis team used a 4-1 second round win over 26th-ranked NC State Sunday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex to advance to the NCAA Championships round of 16 for the 11th straight season.¬†
The Bulldogs (18-8) won the doubles point, then found three singles wins to down the Wolfpack (18-10) and advance.
Georgia¬†is hosting the round of 16 through the finals of the team tournament on both the men‚Äôs and women‚Äôs sides, as well as the singles and doubles individual tournaments May 15-26.
‚ÄúThis win today was great for our kids with the way they overcame adversity,‚Äù Georgia coach¬†Manuel Diaz said in a release. ‚ÄúWe are missing Nathan Pasha from the lineup (due a knee¬†to injury)¬†and it was tough to get the guys to focus there in the beginning, but everybody pulled together. I was amazed with how well we played in doubles. Our guys are going to fight, and we have a great group of kids. NC State has a great team, and it was a tremendous challenge, especially without one of our top players in the lineup. I‚Äôm really pleased with the outcome today.‚Äù
Georgia claimed the doubles point and the early 1-0 edge for the 19th time this season, getting wins at Nos. 1 and 3.
The¬†new pairing of Garrett Brasseaux and Nick Wood ‚Äì playing in Pasha‚Äôs place ‚Äì were first off with an 8-2 win over Simon Norenius and Austin Powell, and the clinch came when eighth-ranked Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters defeated No. 29 Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster, 8-5. The Bulldogs were also leading 7-5 at No. 2 when that match was suspended.
Georgia won four of six first sets in singles action, but the Wolfpack tied things up at 1-1 when Thomas Weigel defeated Eric Diaz, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6.
The Bulldogs went back on top at 2-1 when Wagland posted a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Nick Horton at No. 3, and it moved to 3-1 after a 6-3, 7-6(5) win for Brasseaux over Powell at No. 2. Georgia then got the clinch moments later from Austin Smith at No. 1 as he defeated Mudge, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to seal it and hand the Bulldogs the 4-1 win and the place in the round of 16.
The Bulldogs takes on either¬†North Carolina and South Carolina at 4 p.m. Friday.