Gainesville,FL - The Georgia men’s tennis team got five singles victories – four coming in straight-sets – to go along with five doubles wins Friday on day one of the 2010 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional at the University of Florida’s Ring Tennis Complex.
The tournament consisted of 87 singles participants and 39 doubles teams representing a total of 14 schools in all divisions across Florida and Georgia. Singles and doubles champions earn an automatic place in the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Nov. 4-7 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
“We just had a very good day today and played some great tennis,” said head coach Manuel Diaz. “Both singles and doubles, we’re really pleased. Our freshmen had great victories today and looked very sharp. We also looked very sharp in doubles, winning five of the six doubles matches today. Overall we’re pleased with the quality of play and have a great day lined up tomorrow. The guys are excited. We have some tough competition down here and it’s making our team better.”
The Round of 64 singles draw got underway early Friday, and five Bulldogs came away with first-round wins to head into day two. No. 13-16 seed Sadio Doumbia earned a quick 6-4, 6-0 decision over Stetson’s Maksim Levanovick and will meet Florida State’s Anderson Reed tomorrow. Freshman Garrett Brasseaux emerged with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Miami’s eighth-seeded Carl Sundberg to give Georgia another straight-set win. Brasseaux will take on Georgia Tech’s Magin Ortiga tomorrow.
Senior No. 6 seed Drake Bernstein rallied from a tough second set to defeat FSU’s Blake Davis in three, using scores of 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to advance to face FAMU’s Chim Gabriel. No. 9-12 seed Wil Spencer posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Logan Shalmi of Jacksonville and will be paired with Central Florida’s Joe Delinks in the next round. Rounding out the solid day for the Bulldogs was freshman Campbell Johnson, who used a 6-1, 6-2 outing to cruise past Miami’s Gabriel Flores. The San Diego native will take on FSU’s Connor Smith next.
Junior Ignacio Taboada dropped his first-round match by a score of 7-5, 6-4 to the Hurricanes’ Waylon Chin, while sophomore Will Oliver fell 6-2, 6-4 to Tech’s Ryan Smith. Taboada and Oliver will enter consolation play beginning tomorrow.
Round of 32 doubles action saw the seventh-seeded team of Bernstein and Spencer down Miami’s Aly and Sundberg, 9-7, after playing down for the duration of the match. The duo broke to go even and broke again to pull it out.
“Those guys showed tremendous determination and we’re really proud of them,” Diaz said of the pair. “They came back with confidence in their second match today and I don’t think they lost many points after that.”
Bernstein and Spencer then cruised to an 8-0 rout of Florida State’s Kelly-Houston and Long in the Round of 16 to move on to tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
Doumbia and Taboada bested FSU’s Bowles and Davis, 8-2, before coming back with an 8-4 win over FAMU’s Clark and Moore in the Round of 16 to move on to the quarters. Brasseaux and Campbell teamed up to defeat the No. 4 seed in Delinks and Schwartz of UCF before falling, 8-6, in a tight match against Kilani and DeRidder of South Florida.
Tomorrow’s competition will include two rounds of singles and one doubles. All of the Georgia players are slated to play the second round singles at 9 a.m. tomorrow and third round at 3 p.m. if they advance. Doubles and consolation will follow.
A full schedule is listed below.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Singles: Round of 32, Round of 16
Sunday, Oct. 24
Singles: Quarterfinals, Semifinals
Monday, Oct. 25