UGA men’s tennis sophomore Nathan Ponwith won two singles matches to advance to the semifinals of the 2017 Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships consolation draw at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
The 2017 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year defeated Alexander Cozbinov from UNLV, 6-4, 6-4, in the Round of 16 before taking down 39th-ranked Matic Spec of Minnesota, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Ponwith will now play Valentine Vacherot from Texas A&M in the Final Four on Sunday, with the finals of the consolation draw to be held on Monday.
Vacherot advanced to the semifinals round by defeating Georgia junior Walker Duncan in a back-and-forth match that resulted in a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-3 win for the Aggie. Earlier in the day, Duncan got the better half of 75th-ranked Logan Staggs from UCLA, 6-3, 6-4.
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Saint Francis Men’s All-American Championships
Main Draw – Oct. 7, 2017
Singles Consolation Results – Round of 16
#47 Guy Iradukunda (Florida State) def. #21 Wayne Montgomery (Georgia), 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
#32 Nathan Ponwith (Georgia) def. Alexander Cozbinov (UNLV), 6-4, 6-4
#101 Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. #75 Logan Staggs (UCLA), 6-3, 6-4
Singles Consolation Results – Quarterfinals
#93 Valentine Vacherot (Texas A&M) def. #101 Walker Duncan (Georgia), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-3
#32 Nathan Ponwith (Georgia) def. #39 Matic Spec (Minnesota), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3