Oct. 21, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - On the first day of main draw play, the Seminoles had a solid day with four student-athletes advancing to the second round of singles and one pair advancing to the quarterfinals of doubles. The 2011 ITA/USTA Southeast Regionals are being played on the campus of the University of Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
In singles senior Jason Zafiros lost his first set against Diego Soto of Miami, but bounced back to win the second. In a third set battle, Zafiros enthusiastically came back to win the match 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. Tomorrow he will face off against Maritz Buerchner of UNF. Junior Jordan Kelly-Houston also battled out a three set match to win 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2) over Florida's Andrew Butz. His second round match is against Takura Happy of Florida A&M.
Junior Andres Bucaro started the morning with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Mario Samson of UCF and will face Ignacio Taboade of Georgia tomorrow. Sophomore Blake Davis also started his morning with a victory over Oliver Webb of Georgia Southern 6-2, 6-0 and will play his second round match against No. 37 Nassim Slilam of Florida.
In doubles play, Kelly-Houston and Davis went 2-0 on the day to reach the quarterfinals. After receiving a bye in the first round, the duo squared off against Wael Kilani and Federico Sabogal of USF to win 8-5. In the round of 16, the duo won 8-5 against Jacksonville's Fernando Bano Lopez and Richard Casagrande. Tomorrow morning the will face the No. 36 duo of Slilam and Billy Federhofer of Florida.
Bucaro and redshirt-sophomore Brian Alden pitted against Miami's Omar Aly and Pedro Ast in the second round and won 8-1. In the round of 16 the duo lost in a close 8-6 match to Florida's Bob van Overbeek and Andrew Butz.
Saturday is another jammed packed day of matches with the quarterfinals of doubles, Second round and round of 16 main draw singles and consolation singles. Check back to Seminoles.com for results from the tournament.
Main Draw Doubles - First Round
Main Draw Doubles - Second Round
Main Draw Doubles - Round of 16