NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia sophomore Austin Smith won two more matches on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the SEC Fall Tennis Classic held at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Center.
Smith first earned a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tennessee’s 24th-ranked Hunter Reese in the round of 16, then outlasted South Carolina’s Kyle Koch, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(2) to reach the quarterfinals. The win over Reese marks the highest ranked opponent Smith has defeated in his Georgia career. He will face Vanderbilt’s Austin Gonzales in the quarterfinals today.
In other singles action, Hernus Pieters, who earlier in the day defeated Ole Miss’ Stefan Lindmark, 7-6, 6-3, fell in the round of 16 to South Carolina’s 14th-ranked Tsvetan Mihov, 6-4, 6-3. Nathan Pasha was eliminated by Mississippi State’s Florian Lakat, 6-4, 6-4, in the round of 32.
In doubles, Pasha and Pieters won their second match of the weekend to move on to the quarterfinals. The Bulldog duo downed LSU’s Harrison Kennedy and John Michael Busch, 8-5.