Georgia Tennis: Pasha and Montgomery Claim Regional Awards


Georgia tennis will carry two ITA Southern Region Awards to Waco for the NCAA Championships Sweet 16.

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University of Georgia senior Nathan Pasha and freshman Wayne Montgomery bookended the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Region awards, with Pasha claiming the Southeast Region Senior Player and Montgomery the Rookie of the Year awards.

Pasha earned first team All-SEC honors this season with a 26-11 singles record. He has 12 wins against ranked opponents and a 13-4 mark in dual matches. Pasha won 10 consecutive completed matches earlier this season and has played matches on courts one, two and three for the Bulldogs. The Atlanta native has 220 combined singles and doubles wins in his career, making him tied for seventh most in Georgia history since 1986. He is tied also for eighth on the all-time career doubles wins list at Georgia with 100.

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Montgomery, also the SEC Freshman of the Year, leads the team with 32 singles wins and is second with a combined 50 singles and doubles victories. The Somerset West, South Africa native is 14-3 in dual matches with 12 wins over ranked opponents. He is 8-0 at number two singles and has five wins at number one. He led the team with an 18-3 singles record in the fall, and won titles at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships and the Cajun Classic in his first two tournaments as a college player.

After competing for the Bulldogs in the NCAA team competition, which continues with the round of 16 on Thursday, Pasha and Montgomery will both compete in the NCAA singles championship beginning May 20 in Waco, Texas.

While Pasha and Montgomery claimed individual awards, three Bulldogs are ranked in the singles top31: Montgomery at No. 24, Austin Smith at No. 30 and Pasha at No. 31. In doubles, Smith has been ranked No. 1 in the country with Ben Wagland dating back to March 24. Wagland is also No. 44 with Paul Oosterbaan, while Smith and Eric Diaz are ranked No. 63.

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