Georgia tennis races into USTA/ISTA Southeast Finals


The Georgia tennis men stormed through this week’s USTA/ITA Southeast Regional, landing two players in the singles finals and a team in the doubles finals.

It could have been more dominating.

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The Georgia doubles team of

Eric Diaz


Austin Smith

is on a remarkable run to the finals that includes a defeat of FSU’s 10-ranked doubles team of Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez.

Diaz and Smith were forced into a Bulldog family squabble in the semis with the Georgia doubles team of Wayne Montgomery and Nathan Pasha. Diaz and Smith handled the talented pair in two sets, 6-3, 6-2

Diaz and Smith will play for the USTA/ITA Southeastern Regional doubles championship Monday after the singles finals.

In Monday’s singles final, Georgia’s Pasha and Smith will square off at 10:00 AM to decide the Southeast Regional champion.

The singles consolation finals match begins after the singles finals match, followed by the doubles finals.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Georgia super freshman Montgomery lost for only the second time as a Bulldog. National 19 ranked Roberto Cid of South Florida defeated Montgomery, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5).

On Saturday, Georgia sent seven competitors into the singles round of 32. Six survived and competed in the round of 16 and Montgomery, Pasha, and Smith made it into the quarterfinals. Three of Georgia’s four doubles teams also played into the quarterfinals where the 26-ranked Georgia team Paul Oosterbaan and Ben Wagland lost 8-6 to the 12-ranked South Florida team of Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun .

The singles and doubles winners from all 12 regional sites will earn bids to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York,  November 6-9. Pasha has already qualified by reaching the quarterfinals of the All-American Championships earlier this month in Tulsa, OK.