Tennis has easy first day

LEXINGTON, KY. – The No. 3 University of Georgia men's tennis team had a successful first day at the SEC Indoor Championships held in Lexington, Ky. Five Bulldogs advanced through the first round of singles play in their first action of the spring season.

"Today was a very good day for our squad," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "It was a great way to start our season. I am very pleased the performance of our players so far."

Junior John Isner is the tournament's top seed and showed why as he cruised through his first match, downing Pedro Rodrigues of South Carolina in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Senior captain Strahinja Bobusic is the No. 2 seed in the draw and dominated his match as well, taking out Dmitry Babenko, also of South Carolina, 6-0, 6-1. The next victory for Georgia came off the racquet of senior captain Antonio Ruiz as he ousted the No. 4 seed with surprising ease, downing Erling Tviet of Ole Miss, 6-3, 6-0. Junior Matic Omerzel made his way to the second round via a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Nick Cromydas of Vanderbilt. Finally, in his much-anticipated collegiate debut, sophomore Luis Flores did not disappoint, topping Nestor Briceno of Florida by a score of 6-3, 6-4.

Junior Ricardo Gonzalez fought hard in defeat for the Dogs as he fell in a third-set tiebreak to Colt Gaston of LSU, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6. The other Georgia casualty was Josh Varela as he lost to Danny Bryan of LSU, 6-2, 6-2.

Second round singles play continues Saturday in Lexington.

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