Friday, May 3, 2013

Georgia Bulldogs Seal SEC Conference Tennis Title With Win Over Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- The second-ranked Georgia men's tennis team used a road win over Arkansas to clinch a share of the 2013 Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. The Bulldogs defeated the No. 53 Razorbacks 4-1 at the Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville, securing a 35th overall conference title and the program's 27th regular-season crown - the most of any SEC school. Arkansas falls to 0-13 in conference play from a very tough SEC conference schedule.

Junior Garrett Brasseaux of Georgia sealed the victory with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Victor Hoang of Arkansas at No. 6 to make it 4-1. Incidentally, Brasseaux also clinched Georgia's SEC title as a freshman in 2011 vs. South Carolina. 

Arkansans might remember Garrett Brasseaux as a former Southern Closed 18s junior champion that was left unseeded by Leslie Pfeiffer when Arkansas hosted the Southern Closed 18s at Burns Park Tennis Center, causing the biggest uproar among parents and coaches at the event. Pfeiffer, the ATA Executive Director and Tournament Referee at the time, neglected to recognize Brasseaux as the previous year champion and his ITF ranking. Parents of Casey and Whitney Kay notified officials at the Southern Tennis Association of this huge seeding blunder which caused Brasseaux to knock off seeded players earlier than expected and ruined the half of the draw where Brasseaux was placed.

Singles competition

1. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) vs. #11 KU Singh (UG) 4-6, 4-4, unfinished

2. #53 Nathan Pasha (UG) def. Manfred Jeske (ARK) 6-0, 6-1

3. Mike Nott (ARK) vs. Austin Smith (UG) 6-4, 1-6, 0-1, unfinished

4. Hernus Pieters (UG) def. Mike Ward (ARK) 6-1, 6-3

5. Marco Nunez (UG) def. Santiago Munoz (ARK) 6-4, 6-4

6. Garrett Brasseaux (UG) def. Victor Hoang (ARK) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. #41 Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (UG) def. #35 Manfred Jeske/Mike Nott (ARK) 8-5

2. Mike Ward/Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) def. KU Singh/Austin Smith (UG) 8-6

3. Hall Fess/Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Eric Diaz/Marco Nunez (UG) 8-2


Anonymous said...

I think the seeding error by Pfeiffer was one of biggest mistakes in Southern Tennis History. A tournament referee/director should have enough sense to recognize the name Brasseaux especially since he was the previous year champion!!!

Anonymous said...

Did y'all see the news on the NCAA Individual Tournament where Brasseaux and Pasha made it into the doubles draw?