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Hello, everyone. I'm back at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex for day two of the NCAA championships in Athens.
The men's Round of 16 is in progress today, and No. 2 seed Georgia and No. 15 seed North Carolina are set to begin at 7 p.m. There is a pretty good crowd on hand to support the Bulldogs, who are heavy favorites tonight.
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Here are the lineups tonight ...
(National rankings included)
1) Sadio Doumbia/Hernus Pieters (UGA) vs #20 Joey Burkhardt/Jose Hernandez (UNC)
2) #41 Nathan Pasha/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) vs Cameron Ahari/Brennan Boyajian (UNC)
3) KU Singh/Wil Spencer (UGA) vs Esben Hess Olesen/Oystein Steiro (UNC)
1) #11 Spencer (UGA) vs #26 Hernandez (UNC)
2) #19 Singh (UGA) vs #92 Boyajian (UNC)
3) #32 Doumbia (UGA) vs Hess-Olesen (UNC)
4) #52 Taboada (UGA) vs Burkhardt (UNC)
5) Pasha (UGA) vs Parker (UNC)
6) #60 Pieters (UGA) vs Steiro (UNC)
Dogs come out in all black unis for the doubles... Team does the circle cheer -- ending with "Go Dawgs" to get fans going.
Little breeze. Great weather for this one. Good atmosphere.
Here we go ...
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/18/2012 at 6:08 PM
Georgia out to a 2-1 lead at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, up a break on 3
UGA was down a break on 1 and just broke right back to go 1-1.
Lead is now 3-1 on 2 thanks to a very nice by Taboada, who turned and jumped to get crowd going.
Dogs cruising at No. 2 doubles now, holding at love to go up 4-1.
Other courts are tight early.
UGA now trailing 3-1 at No. 1 doubles against a very good UNC team.
Dogs however lead 4-2 at No. 2 and No. 3.
Things starting to really break Georgia's way now in doubles.
Dogs lead 6-2 at No. 3 and 5-2 at No. 2, which means that 4-1 deficit at No. 1 doesn't mean much right now.
These are 8-game pro sets, I'll remind ya.
UNC has opened up a 5-2 lead at No. 1 doubles, and UGA leads 7-3 at No. 3.
So it looks like the swing match will be at No. 2, where UNC had cut deficit to 5-3 but UGA just held at love to go up 6-3.
Georgia finishes off an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles.
UNC leads 6-3 at No. 1
UGA up 7-4 at No. 2
UNC just held serve in a deuce game to cut lead to 7-5 at No. 2 doubles.
And with a let ace ... UGA holds at love to win 8-5 at No. 2 and clinch the doubles point.
Georgia 1, UNC 0
Singles starting now ...
UGA starting to take control and remove any doubt now. Dogs have taken first set at 5 singles already and Wil Spencer is up 5-1 at No. 1.
Georgia has now taken the first set at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles ...
Only a matter of time now.
First to the finish line is looking like it will be Pieters at No. 6 ... He's got a 6-3, 3-0 lead right now.
UNC is about to go 0-for-6 in the first set of singles, down in tiebreak at No. 4.
UGA's men playing about as dominant as the women yesterday
UGA takes first set at No. 4 singles as well ...
The rout is on, folks. Could be settled in the next 30-45 minutes.
Side note: No. 6 seed Kentucky, No. 12 Florida and No. 13 Ole Miss all lost matches earlier today, so Georgia is the final SEC team standing on the men's side.
Defending national champ Florida and Georgia are still alive in the women's bracket.
I haven't seen them in person this year, but Georgia's men's team is legit. Very good and very deep throughout the six singles spot. I definitely could see this being a title team.
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/18/2012 at 8:17 PM
And we have the first singles match completed ...
UGA's Pieters beats Steiro at No. 6 singles 6-3, 6-1
Georgia 2, North Carolina 0
Next up could be Pasha at No. 5 singles (he leads 6-2, 3-1) or Singh at No. 2 (he leads 6-3, 3-1). Those two victories would give Georgia the match quickly.
Singh closes out Boyajian at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-1
Georgia 3, North Carolina 0
Pasha leads 6-2, 4-2 at No. 5 ...
And that's it.
Pasha wins his match 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the match in barely two and a half hours
Georgia 4, North Carolina 0
UGA will face either Pepperdine or Tulsa (match ongoing now) at 4 p.m. Sunday in quarterfinals.
More to come from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex ...
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/18/2012 at 8:37 PM
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