May 9, 2009


*Courtesy of Georgia Athletics

ATHENS, Ga. - The fourth-ranked Georgia men's tennis team advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Championships with a 4-1 win over 26th-ranked Virginia Tech here Saturday.

The two-time defending NCAA champion Bulldogs (24-4) capped an undefeated season at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, going 15-0 while extending their home winning streak to 62 matches. Also, Georgia has won 14 straight NCAA matches in the tournament dating back to 2007. They will be back in action against 13th-ranked Illinois on May 14 at 10 a.m. ET.

In doubles Saturday, Georgia's fifth-ranked duo of Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg posted a quick 8-3 win over Patrick Daciek and Nicolas Delgado de Robles in the No. 1 match. They improved to 28-11 as a tandem including 19-6 at No. 1 Then, the No. 2 team of Borja Malo and Christian Vitulli clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Brandon Corace and Pedro Graber. Georgia led 7-5 at No. 3 when play was suspended with the team point determined.

Hunt gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead with a win at No. 3, defeating Graber 6-2,6-0. He is now 28-11 on the year. Georgia went up 3-0 when 12th-ranked Schnugg registered a 7-5,6-4 win at No. 1 over 55th-ranked Yoann Re. Schnugg is 34-13 overall now and said he was aware of the battle going on every court.

"It's always good to win the doubles, and I like to know the score on all the courts in singles," said Schnugg. "I like to see what's going on with everybody's match, and I have a lot of confidence in my teammates."

The Hokies collected their first point with a win at No. 5 as Sebastien Jacques beat sophomore Drake Bernstein 6-3,6-3. Vitulli then clinched the Bulldog win with a 7-5,6-3 victory over Corace at No. 6.

"We are excited to be in the final 16 again, our team came out and played very focused," said Georgia coach Manuel Diaz. "Virginia Tech was very good in all six spots in the singles and made us play a lot of tennis. We had to fight to get three wins. I'm proud of how we played, we were better today compared to yesterday, and I know we're getting closer to where we want to be."

NCAA Men's Tennis 2nd Round: Athens, Ga.

Dan Magill Tennis Complex

#4 Georgia 4 #26 Virginia Tech 1

Doubles
1. #5 Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg def. Patrick Daciek/Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) 8-3
2. Borja Malo/Christian Vitulli (UGA) def. Brandon Corace/Pedro Graber (VT) 8-6
3. Drake Bernstein/Javier Garrapiz (UGA) vs. Sebastien Jacques/Yoann Re (VT) UGA led 7-5, susp.

Singles
1. #12 Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. #55 Yoann Re (VT) 7-5, 6-4
2. #62 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) vs. #94 Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) 7-6(2), 1-1, suspended
3. #75 Jamie Hunt (UGA) def. Pedro Graber (VT) 6-2, 6-0
4. Josh Varela (UGA) vs. Luka Somen (VT) 1-6, 7-6(3), suspended
5. Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Drake Bernstein (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Christian Vitulli (UGA) def. Brandon Corace (VT) 7-5, 6-3

Order of Finish
Doubles (1,2)
Singles (3,1,5,6)

#4 Georgia now 24-3; #26 Va. Tech now 15-8