Bulldogs punch ticket to NCAAs round of 16

The 10th-seeded Georgia men’s 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. 

Bulldogs punch ticket to NCAAs round of 16
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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’s and women’s sides, as well as the singles and doubles individual tournaments May 15-26.

“This win today was great for our kids with the way they overcame adversity,” Georgia coach Manuel Diaz said in a release. “We 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’m really pleased with the outcome today.”

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 – playing in Pasha’s place – 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.

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