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Friday, May 16, 2008

Georgia Tops Pepperdine 4-1; Ole Miss Gets By UNC 4-2 in Men's Round of 16 NCAA Action Friday

©Colette Lewis 2008--
Tulsa, OK--
The No.4 seeded Georgia Bulldogs continued the defense of their NCAA title with a 4-1 win over undermanned Pepperdine Friday morning. Andre Begemann, the No. 1 singles and doubles player for the 13th-seeded Waves, was in Germany for his mother's funeral, and his teammates battled with great energy and emotion, but it wasn't enough. Bassam Beidas beat Georgia's Travis Helgeson 6-2, 6-4 for the Waves point, and Omar Altmann earned a split at No. 2, but the bottom of the Bulldogs' lineup pulled through with Christian Vitulli clinching at No. 6. Vitulli beat Alex Moreno 6-3, 6-4 to put Georgia in the quarterfinals against No. 5 Ole Miss.

Mississippi lost the doubles point when their No. 2 team of Robbye Poole and Matthias Wllermann were broken at 6-6 by UNC's Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy, who held for the point. Over two hours later, the score was still 1-0 Tar Heels, with the first sets three apiece. But Ole Miss fought back in all the matches they were down a set, while UNC could not, and finally the Rebels began to tip the scales to their side. Erling Tviet took the point at No. 1 for Ole Miss and Robbye Poole at No. 3 soon followed, giving Ole Miss a 2-1 lead. UNC tied it when Ole Miss's Jonas Berg went down with cramps and was forced to retire at 3-2 in the third set. But Ole Miss was up a break in the remaining matches, and took a straight-set win at No. 6 to set up Wellermann's 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 clinching victory over Hardy at No. 2.

Billy Chadwick said he wasn't bothered by his team's drop from No. 4 seed to No. 5, with Georgia taking the No. 4 spot, since they lost to the Bulldogs in their only head-to-head.

For complete scores, see the University of Tulsa website.


Stephen said...

Seems like Begemanns absensce cost Pepperdine. Would have been interesting to see what happened if he had played with the help he would have given the waves in singles and doubles. Georgia looking tough down low... . Great quarterfinal with ole miss now