Even before today’s Southern Intercollegiate Championship finals are played, the Bulldogs have wrapped up at least one title.
Georgia junior Nathan Pasha and sophomore Ben Wagland each won a pair of matches on Sunday and will square off for the singles title at
10:30 a.m. today at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
In doubles play, the Bulldogs’ duo of Wagland and senior Hernus Pieters defeated Alabama’s Sean Donohue and Madregallejo and will face East Tennessee State’s David Biosca and Roger Ordeig in the doubles semifinals at
9 a.m. today. The doubles final will be played following today’s singles title match.
Each of the five Bulldogs in the tournament reached the quarterfinals, and four of them advanced to the semifinals.
“We wanted to start the fall with a good tournament, but I honestly never envisioned it being this good,” Georgia men’s tennis coach Manuel Diaz said in a news release. “Four guys in the semifinals is really more impressive than two in the final. To do that is a big deal for us. I’m really pleased with where we are right now. Hopefully these guys will have a good match [today].”
No. 2-seeded Wagland rallied to defeat Clemson’s No. 5-seeded Hunter Harrington 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1), 6-1 in his first match of the day and went on to top Georgia’s No. 8-seeded Austin Smith 6-4, 6-1.
No. 3-seeded Pasha had to go through two teammates on Sunday, defeating No. 6-seeded Pieters 7-6 (2), 6-2 and sophomore Nick Wood 6-3, 7-5.
Wood defeated East Tennessee State’s Rogerio Ribeiro 6-4, 6-2 and Smith defeated Vanderbilt’s No. 4-seeded Gonzales Austin 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 earlier Sunday.