Walker Duncan capped off an all-Georgia day by defeating teammate Wayne Montgomery in the finals of the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association main singles draw.
In all, Georgia had three players take up the four spots in the semifinals. It is there where Montgomery got the better half of teammate Jan Zielinski, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, while Duncan took down Alex Knaff from FSU, 6-3, 7-6.
That set up an all-Georgia final between Duncan and Montgomery, with the Atlanta native defeating his teammate in a 6-2, 6-3 win. With the victory, Duncan receives an automatic entry into the 2017 Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships, which will be held Nov. 1-5 in Palm Desert, Calif.
“We are really excited about this tournament so far,” head coach Manuel Diaz said. “Our guys have had a terrific week. It was really a source of pride to have three guys in the semifinals. To say that it is an all-Georgia singles final is something I think is very exciting for our program. We have seen tremendous growth in our players, especially Jan getting into the semis and Walker into the finals. Our guys are getting better. They have worked very hard and we are very excited about the future.”
The wins by Duncan and Montgomery brought to a close another successful day for the Bulldogs. A trio of Georgia players — Duncan, Montgomery and Zielinski — all won in the quarterfinals to set up Tuesday’s semifinals round.
In doubles, Robert Loeb and Zielinski advanced to the semifinals of the main draw with an 8-6 win against Florida State’s duo of Iradukunda and Knaff. Loeb and Zielinski will be back in action on Tuesday.
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2017 ITA Regional Championships
Byers Tennis Complex – Atlanta
Monday, October 16, 2017
Singles Main Draw – Finals
#101 Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. #21 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia), -2, 6-3
Singles Main Draw – Semifinals
#21 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. #102 Jan Zielinski (Georgia), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
#101 Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. Alex Knaff (FSU), 6-3, 7-6
Singles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
#21 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. Mikhail Sokolovyskiy (UCF), 6-4, 6-0
#102 Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. #47 Guy Iradukunda (Florida State), 6-4, 7-6 (2)
#101 Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. #30 Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-3, 6-2
Singles Main Draw Consolation – Round of 16
Alex Phillips (Georgia) def. Dane Dunlap (Miami), 6-2, 6-3
Singles Main Draw Consolation – Quarterfinals
Alex Phillips (Georgia) def. Stefan Madonia (Florida), 7-6 (3), 6-1
Singles Main Draw Consolation – Semifinals
Jose Garcia (FSU) def. Alex Phillips (Georgia), 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
#1 Loeb/Zielinski (Georgia) def. Iradukunda/Knaff (FSU), 8-6
Crawford/Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. #53 Duncan/Montgomery (Georgia), w/o