Tennis knocks off Tech - Now off to Nationals

ATHENS – The No. 1-seeded University of Georgia men's tennis team (27-0) punched its ticket to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Georgia Tech in Athens on Sunday. The match-clincher came off the racquet of senior captain Strahinja Bobusic at the sixth position as he topped George Gvelesiani, 6-3, 6-4.

"This was a tough match," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "Georgia Tech has done very well this year to overcome some injuries and really play well with just six players. Our guys hung in there today and played well enough to win. It was very nice to see our two seniors win their final matches here at home. Now we are excited to go to Palo Alto, our guys have worked very hard to get here."

Georgia took a 1-0 lead following doubles play for the 24th time this year. The senior captain duo of Strahinja Bobusic (Perth, Australia) and Colin Purcell (Louisville, Ky.) were first off the court with a convincing 8-3 win over Jordan Delass and George Gvelesiani in the third position. With Georgia leading 7-6 on court one and 7-4 on court two, it was a race for the doubles clincher. Court two prevailed for the Bulldogs as sophomore Luis Flores and junior Matic Omerzel held serve to defeat Scott Blackmon and Zachary Rath, 8-4.

In singles play, Purcell extended the lead to 2-0 and his winning streak to 19 matches as he defeated Scott Blackmon at the fifth singles position, 6-0, 6-3. Next to finish was junior John Isner (Greensboro, N.C.) as he posted a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Marko Rajevac at the top singles spot, making it a 3-0 advantage in favor of the Bulldogs. The win was Isner's 24th in a row as he set up Bobusic for his eighth match-clinching victory.

Georgia will take on Notre Dame in the Round of 16 in Palo Alto, Calif. on May 20. Notre Dame earned its spot in the Round of 16 by defeating Brown in the first round, 4-3, then upsetting 16th-seeded Texas A&M in the second round on the Aggies' home courts.

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