Sept. 9, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia men’s tennis team continued a successful weekend by posting eight total victories on Sunday at the 45th annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships.
In Division I singles, junior Hernus Pieters charged into the finals with two extremely well played matches on the day. Pieters overcame Juan Spir of Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals by a score of 7-6(3), 6-4. He then turned right around to convincingly defeat Andreas Bjerrehus of Virginia Tech 6-1, 6-2. Pieters is slated to play Jonas Lutjen of Ole Miss in the finals on Monday.
“It was a great day. I am really proud of our guys,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “Hernus was a really pleasant suprise this weekend. It was great to see him in the finals. I think he is playing the best tennis of his career.”
Nathan Pasha also started the day with championship aspirations. However, the sophomore from Atlanta came up just short in singles losing a fantastic quarterfinal against Lujten 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(7).
In the Division I singles consolation bracket, junior Garrett Brasseux defeated Andrew Mellow of Furman 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Eric Diaz also won his first match against Lucas Oliveira of Virginia Tech 7-5, 6-2. Diaz went on to drop his second match of the day against Jeff Offerdahl of Vanderbilt 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9).
In Division II singles, freshman Casey Kay lost a hotly contested quarterfinal match to David Orces of the Citadel 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Senior Will Oliver had a nice day defeating Oliver Webb of Georgia Southern 6-4, 7-5 in the Division II consolation bracket.
The Bulldogs started off the day with four teams still vying for the Division I doubles title. The duo of Brasseaux and Diaz narrowly missed advancing when they lost to Dominique and Yannick Maden of Clemson 9-8 (2). The freshman pair of Marco Nunez and Austin Smith also missed the mark losing to James Chaundry and Malte Stropp of Mississippi State 8-1.
Pieters and senior KU Singh came out swinging when they defeated Rhys Johnson and Offerdalf of Vanderbilt 8-3 in the round of 16. The upperclassmen, however, were not able to advance any further as they lost to Mississippi State’s Jordan Angus and Pedro Dumont 9-7.
The tandem of Pasha and freshman Ben Wagland put on a spectacular performance Sunday, as they won two matches to advance to the semifinals. The team won their first match 8-2 against Luke Johnson and Gordon Watson of Florida. Pasha and Wagland ended the day emphatically as they overcame top seeded Juan Spir and Eduardo Segura of Georgia Tech 9-8 (6).
“Our team of Pasha and Ben Wagland fought back really well from being down,” added Diaz. “Nathan really found a new level this weekend. He is playing tremendous tennis.”
Play will begin Monday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at 9:00 a.m.
The draw as well as tournament news and updates will be posted to Georgiadogs.com throughout the weekend.