Georgia advances to quarterfinals with 4-1 victory against Oklahoma
URBANA, Ill. -- Georgia posted a 4-1 win against 14th-seeded Oklahoma on Thursday in the Round of 16 to move on to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA championships at the University of Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The third-seeded Bulldogs will square off against No. 11-seed Pepperdine on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.
Georgia (25-4) advanced to the quarterfinals for the 10th consecutive year and has now won 16 matches in a row and 20 of the last 21.
“We feel good,” said head coach Manuel Diaz, who has led his team into the NCAA field of 64 in each of his 25 seasons in Athens. “Oklahoma was ranked as high as No. 5 in the country and they have a very good team. They’re well coached. This was a great victory [Thursday] and we earned it. It was physically and emotionally draining and we look forward to getting some rest and bouncing back.”
Georgia snagged the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 to take the early 1-0 lead against Oklahoma. At No. 2, the 15th-ranked team of Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux defeated No. 68 Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez Llamas 8-5. Just moments later, the No. 3 team of Eric Diaz and Marco Nunez took out Nick Papac and Lawrence Formentera 8-4. The match on court No. 1 was suspended on serve at 4-4.
In singles, Georgia took four of six first sets, but the Sooners evened the team score at one with a 6-1, 6-1 win for 110th-ranked Llamas against Austin Smith at No. 3. Georgia pulled back ahead at 2-1 with a strong 6-4, 6-3 win for Nunez against Papac at No. 6. The lead was pushed to 3-1 as Pieters defeated Dane Webb 7-5, 6-3 at No. 4. That left court Nos. 1, 2, and 5 still playing, each in the third set, and the clinch came for Georgia at No. 5 as Brasseaux rallied to defeat Leonard Stakhovsky 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to seal the win for Georgia. It was Brasseaux's fourth clinch of the year.
Georgia is playing in its 35th NCAA tournament and 30th in a row. The Bulldogs now have a record of 93-29 in tournament play. On Thursday, Georgia defeated a pair of lettermen and former UGA coaches, as Oklahoma head coach John Roddick and assistant coach Bo Hodge both played for Diaz and were assistants on the staff.