Georgia men’s tennis team defeats VCU, earns spot at ITA National Indoor Championships

The sixth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team punched its ticket to next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships with Saturday’s 5-1 victory over VCU at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility, completing a perfect 2-0 weekend for the Bulldogs at the ITA Kickoff.

Winners of each of the 15 regional sites advance to the team indoor championships held Feb. 15-18 in Seattle.

Saturday’s win pushed Georgia to 2-0 on the early season, while VCU falls to 5-1.

The Bulldogs won the doubles point for the second day in a row to take the early 1-0 lead on VCU. First off was the team of Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters, which posted an 8-3 win over the Rams’ Alexis Huegas and Dylan McCloskey at the No. 1 spot. VCU evened it with an 8-6 win for 36th-ranked Alejandro Argente and Jaime Vasquez over Georgia’s Eric Diaz and Garrett Brasseaux at No. 3. The deciding win came for Georgia’s No. 2 duo of Nathan Pasha and KU Singh, which defeated Max Wennakoski and Michael Voscek 8-6.

In singles, Georgia took a 2-0 lead when 16th-ranked Pieters cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Claes Goransson at No. 3, while No. 8 Singh rallied from a first-set loss to claim a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 67 Huegas at No. 1.

Wagland clinched the win when he responded from a loss in the second set to defeat Argente, 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1 at No. 4 singles. VCU then got its lone win at No. 2, as 45th-ranked Wennakoski took down No. 19 Pasha 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 to make it 4-1. The Bulldogs picked up their final win of the day with a win at No. 5 for Brasseaux, going 6-4, 7-5 over Voscek.

The Bulldogs host Clemson at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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