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On Friday afternoon, the Georgia Bulldogs welcomed the Samford Bulldogs to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex for the first round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. The home team emerged victorious, cruising to a 4-0 triumph in the opening match of the NCAA Tournament.
The host squad took the doubles point with an 8-2 win by Sadio Doumbia and Ignacio Taboada followed by an 8-4 win by Drake Bernstein and Wil Spencer. Hernus Pieters staked the Red and Black to a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-0 singles win, then Spencer brought the Athenians to the brink of victory with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph. The clinching point was provided by Bernstein, who prevailed, 6-2, 6-3, to complete the sweep.
Georgia will face the Auburn Tigers in the second round at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon. The Classic City Canines won the regular season meeting with the Tigers handily. If you’re going to be in Athens on Saturday, this is a good chance to see the Bulldogs take on their oldest football rivals on the tennis court.