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UGA'S KU Singh Reaches Quarterfinals Of All-American Championships

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TULSA, Okla. -- University of Georgia senior KU Singh defeated Clemson's No. 32 Yannick Maden, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships Friday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Tenth-ranked Singh will face Tulsa's Japie DeKlerk Saturday, and the winner will play later in the day for a chance to reach the final. With the win, Singh also secured a bid to the ITA National Indoor Tournament to be held in November.

"KU played a great match," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "He did a great job under difficult conditions. It was cold and windy today, but he worked very hard. KU was very resilient and played a smart match. I'm proud of him."

In the doubles consolation draw, the tandem of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland won a pair of matches to reach the semifinals. They first defeated Texas' Sudanwa Sitaram and Daniel Whitehead, 8-3, then topped Florida's duo of Billy Federhofer and Bob van Overbeek, 8-1.

Meanwhile in Athens, six Bulldogs competed in the Bulldog Invitational.

In doubles, Garrett Brasseaux and Marco Nunez were defeated by Dan Regan and Georgi Rumenov of Armstrong Atlantic, 8-4. Bulldogs Will Oliver and Casey Kay fell to AA's Pablo Gor and Jaan Kononov, 8-2, while Eric Diaz and Austin Smith were edged by Alex Christ and Tyler Droll of Furman, 9-7.

After doubles, two rounds of doubles were played. In the first round, Diaz was the lone Bulldogs to capture a win. Diaz avenged the doubles loss with a 6-1, 7-6(7) win over Droll. Nunez lost a close bout with Matus Mydla (Armstrong Atlantic), 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5. Georgia lost in three sets on two other courts. Kay fell to Matt Browne (Furman), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Garrett Brasseaux was topped by Pablo Gor (Armstrong Atlantic), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Armstrong Atlantic's Rumenov and Kononov Georgia's Smith and Oliver, respectively, in straight sets.

In the second round, Georgia claimed four victories. Diaz continued on his winning ways with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over Mydla. Two courts over, Smith topped Droll, 6-1, 6-4. Later, Oliver beat Ben Horst (Furman), 6-4, 7-5. In the last match of the day, Brasseaux came from behind to beat Sven Lalic (Armstrong Atlantic), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

"It was a good finish to a lackluster day," said associate head coach Will Glenn. "We took some tough losses and we've got to come out tomorrow and compete better. I was proud of Garrett, who showed some leadership for the younger guys in coming back from a set down to win his match."

Nunez and Kay each lost in straight sets to Regan and Kononov of Armstrong Atlantic.

Matches will begin Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational at 9 a.m. with a round of doubles followed immediately by singles. A final round of singles matches will be played at 2 p.m.

ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla.
Michael D. Case Tennis Center

Singles Round of 16
#10 KU Singh (UGA) d. #32 Yannick Maden (Clemson), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles Consolation Round of 16
#35 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) d. Sudanwa Sitaram/Daniel Whitehead (Texas), 8-3

Doubles Quarterfinals
#35 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) d. #19 Billy Federhofer/Bob van Overbeek (Florida), 8-1

Bulldog Invitational
Athens, Ga.
Dan Magill Tennis Complex

Doubles
Dan Regan/Georgi Rumenov (AA) d. Garrett Brasseaux/Marco Nunez (UGA), 8-4 Alex Christ/Tyler Droll (FUR) d. Austin Smith/Eric Diaz (UGA), 9-7 Pablo Gor/Jaan Kononov (AA) d. Will Oliver/Casey Kay (UGA), 8-2

Singles
Matus Mydla (AA) def. Marco Nunez (UGA), 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 Eric Diaz (UGA) d. Tyler Droll (FUR), 6-1, 7-6(7) Georgi Rumenov (AA) d. Austin Smith (UGA), 6-1, 6-4 Matt Browne (FUR) d. Casey Kay (UGA), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Jaan Kononov (AA) d. Will Oliver (UGA), 6-3, 6-2 Pablo Gor (AA) d. Garrett Brasseaux (UGA), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Eric Diaz (UGA) d. Matus Mydla (AA), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Austin Smith (UGA) d. Tyler Droll (FUR) , 6-1, 6-4 Will Oliver (UGA) d. Ben Horst (FUR), 6-4, 7-5 Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) d. Sven Lalic (AA), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) Dan Regan (AA) d. Marco Nunez (UGA), 6-4, 6-1 Jaan Kononov (AA) d. Casey Kay (UGA), 6-1, 6-3

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