ATHENS, Ga. - Two-time
defending national champion Georgia
proved too touch for valiant Virginia
Tech team Saturday afternoon as the
Bulldogs eliminated the Hokies, 4-1, in
the NCAA Second Round. The Athens, Ga.,
regional was played at the Dan Magill
Tennis Complex on the University of
Georgia campus. Tech concludes the year
with a 15-8 record while No. 4 Georgia
improved to 24-3 with its’ 62nd
consecutive home court victory. The
Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Round of 16
next week in College Station, Texas.
The Hokies, ranked No. 26 nationally and
making their third consecutive trip to
the NCAA Tournament, dropped both of the
completed doubles contests to open the
match and lost three of the four
completed singles matches in the loss.
Georgia took a 2-0 lead as Pedro Graber
(Jr., Santiago, Chile) lost, 6-2, 6-0,
at No. 3 to 75th-ranked Jamie Hunt and
the Bulldogs increased the advantage
when 12th-ranked Nate Schnugg, on his
fifth match point, finally defeated No.
55 Yoann Re (Jr., Verdun, Quebec,
Canada), 7-5, 6-4, in the No. 1 contest.
The Hokies got on the board as Sebastien
Jacques (So., Magog, Quebec, Canada) won
6-3, 6-3, in his No. 5 contest over
Drake Bernstein, but the Bulldogs
clinched the match when Brandon Corace
(Sr., Naples, Fla.) dropped the No. 6
contest, 7-5, 6-3, to Christian Vitulli.
Nicolas Delgado de Robles (Sr., Madrid,
Spain) and Luka Somen (Fr., Karlovac,
Croatia) had their respective matches at
No. 2 and No. 4 halted once the team
outcome had been decided.
In doubles, Daciek/Delgado de Robles
lost the No. 1 match, 8-3, to Georgia’s
5th-ranked duo of Hunt/Schnugg and the
Bulldogs clinched the point as
Corace/Graber fell, 8-6, at No. 2
against Borja Malo/Vitulli. Jacques/Re
were trailing 5-7 in the No. 3 match
versus Bernstein/Garrapiz when play was
stopped once the doubles point had been
Tech’s Re will participate in the NCAA
Singles Championships, May 20-25, at the
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in
College Station, Texas. Pairings for the
individual tournament will be released
on May 19.
#4 Georgia 4, #26 Virginia Tech
1. #12 Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. #55 Yoann
Re (VT) 7-5, 6-4,
2. #62 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) vs. #94
Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) 7-6 (2),
3. #75 Jamie Hunt (UGA) def. Pedro
Graber (VT) 6-2, 6-0
4. Luka Somen (VT) vs. Josh Varela (UGA)
6-1, 6-7 (3), DNF
5. Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Drake
Bernstein (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Christian Vitulli (UGA) def. Brandon
Corace (VT) 7-5, 6-3
Finishing Order: 3, 1, 5, 6*
1. #5 Hunt/Schnugg (UGA) def.
Daciek/Delgado de Robles (VT) 8-3
2. Borja Malo/Vitulli (UGA) def.
Corace/Graber (VT) 8-6
3. Jacques/Re (VT) vs.
Bernstein/Garrapiz (UGA) 5-7, DNF
Finishing Order: 2, 1*
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