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MEN’S TENNIS: Austin Smith Advances at NCAA Championships

Austin Smith hits the ball during an NCAA men’s tennis match between Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia on Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Sean Taylor)
[su_spacer size=”20″] Georgia junior Austin Smith won his opening round match at the NCAA Championships as the individual portion of the tournament began Wednesday at Baylor’s Hurd Tennis Center.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Smith (30) advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 7-6(1) win over South Florida’s Roberto Cid (21). He will take on Louisville’s fifth-seeded Sebastian Stiefelmeyer on Thursday. The junior from Cumming, Ga., will also play in the doubles bracket as the No. 1 seed with Ben Wagland.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “Winning in two sets was nice,” Smith said. “I started running out of gas there a little in the second set. I’ll rest up and get ready for a real big day tomorrow with singles and doubles.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Nathan Pasha (31) and Wayne Montgomery (24) were eliminated in the first round as Pasha fell to Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks (53) 7-5, 6-3, and TCU’s Guillermo Nunez (59) rallied to beat Montgomery, 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Pasha concludes his illustrious Georgia career with 223 combined singles and doubles wins.
[su_spacer size=”40″] In the women’s bracket, Georgia senior Lauren Herring – seeded fifth – dropped her first round match to Miami’s Sinead Lohan (37), 6-1, 6-4. Herring finishes her career with 120 singles wins. She has 237 career combined singles/doubles victories, ranking second in the UGA record books. Herring will open play in the doubles championship with Ellen Perez on Thursday.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Times for all Thursday matches will be announced later on Wednesday. Complete results and updated brackets can be found at
[su_spacer size=”40″] Wednesday’s Georgia Results
[su_spacer size=”10″] Men’s Singles Round of 64
[su_spacer size=”20″] #30 Austin Smith (GEORGIA) def. #21 Roberto Cid (SOUTH FLORIDA), 6-2, 7-6 (1)
#53 Christopher Eubanks (GEORGIA TECH) def. #31 Nathan Pasha (GEORGIA), 7-5, 6-3
#59 Guillermo Nunez (TCU) def. #24 Wayne Montgomery (GEORGIA), 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2

Women’s Singles Round of 64
#37 Sinead Lohan (MIAMI) def. #5 [5] Lauren Herring (GEORGIA), 6-1, 6-4

Georgia’s Thursday Schedule
Men’s Singles Round of 32
#30 Austin Smith (GEORGIA) vs. #5 [5] Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (LOUISVILLE)

Men’s Doubles Round of 32
#1 [1] Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (GEORGIA) vs. Michael Feucht/Nikita Lis (LAMAR)

Women’s Doubles Round of 32
Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (GEORGIA) vs. Lina Lileikite/Stephanie Wagner (Miami)

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