Bulldog trio reaches ITA main draw

10:15 PM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
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TULSA, Okla. -- Georgia sophomore Nathan Pasha won his third straight singles qualifying match Wednesday to earn a place in the main draw at the 2012 ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Meanwhile, his teammates Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland won a pair of doubles qualifiers to do the same.

Pasha defeated Tennessee's Jarryd Chaplin by a score of 6-3, 6-3, this afternoon, his third win this week in the qualifying draw, to snag one of the 16 final spots and join teammates Pieters and No. 10-ranked KU Singh in main draw action set to kick off tomorrow.

In doubles action, the Georgia team of Pieters and Wagland defeated Old Dominion's pair of Carlos Lopez-Villa and Albert Ochagavia, 8-4, before going on to claim a come-from-behind 8-6 win over Emmett Egger and Kyle McMorrow of Washington to move on to the main draw there.

"Our guys did tremendous today, both Nathan as well as our doubles team," said 25th-year head coach Manuel Diaz. "They played great today - it was good to see Nathan dominate. He was overpowering. We are excited for him to advance to a very elite field. In doubles, our guys got a little unlucky and got behind a service break, and really showed some terrific composure and really came through in the latter stages with a break of their own for the match, so I'm really proud of them as well. To have four guys in this very elite field says a lot, and I think the guys are really starting to see their hard work paying off."

Pasha will face Ole Miss' Jonas Lutjen in first-round action tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET. Pieters will meet 16th-seeded Olivier Borsos of LSU at 9 a.m., while the No. 8 seed Singh will take on Santa Clara's John Lamble at 12:30 p.m.

The doubles main draw has not yet been released.

The All-American Championships is the first leg of the collegiate grand slam and features the largest field of any collegiate tennis championship, as more than 300 players will compete for the first national title of the 2012-13 season. Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-11 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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