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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#4 Seed Georgia def. #5 Seed Mississippi, 4-0
Sunday, May 18, 2008
1.#17 Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg (G) def. #5 Jonas Berg/Erling Tveit (M)- 8-4
2.Luis Flores/Javier Garrapiz (G) def. Robbye Poole/Matthias Wellermann (M)- 8-6
3.Travis Helgeson/Christian Vitulli (G) vs. Jakob Klaeson/Tucker Vorster (M)- DNF
1.#4 Travis Helgeson (G) def. #22 Erling Tveit (M), 6-4, 6-4
2.#15 Nate Schnugg (G) def. #31 Matthias Wellermann (M), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1
3.#59 Luis Flores (G) vs. #56 Robbye Poole (M), DNF
4.#38 Jamie Hunt (G) vs. Jonas Berg (M), DNF
5.#121 Javier Garrapiz (G) vs. Kalle Norberg (M), DNF
6.Christian Vitulli (G) def. #95 Bram ten Berge (M), 6-3, 7-5

Order of Finish: Doubles - 1, 2; Singles - 6, 1, 2


Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
On your match against Mississippi...
"I thought it was a great victory for our guys. We competed with a lot of energy today and really played some quality, quality matches up and down the lineup. I don't think we were out of any of the matches; we made them earn whatever they got. In the end, Travis (Helgeson) did a great job of setting the tempo in the singles along with Christian (Vitulli), and then it was just a matter of finding where we would get that forth point, but really everything just evolved from our good doubles play. I thought we were excellent in all three matches."

Georgia Player Nate Schnugg
You were dominant in the first and third set, what happened in between?
"I should have kept it up in the second set. I'm not really certain what happened at the end of the second set. I felt strong going into it. I was up a break going up 5-3, and that's a situation I enjoy being in and I usually can hold my serve and close out the match, but today I didn't. I was happy with the way I came out in the third set and set the tempo again early, breaking the first two times he served, and serving it out on my serve. That happens sometimes, and you have to rebound. I thought I did that well."

You and Jamie beat the highest opponent you've faced this year in doubles. Talk about that match...
"I thought Jamie and I played one of the best doubles matches we've ever played today. We knew they were a great opponent. We knew we were going to have to play our best to win, and we did. We went out there and tried to be loud and energized for the courts next to us and that always helps us out. We ended up returning really well and serving well, and ended up breaking them a couple times. It was actually a pretty big margin that we won by, so we're pretty happy about it. It gave us a lot of confidence for singles as well."

Georgia Player Travis Helgeson
Talk about your singles match... "It was exciting for me to get off the court after a tough loss against Pepperdine. I was inspired from how everyone played against Pepperdine and Nate playing so well next to me. Today was a great match from top to bottom, from all the doubles to beginning of the singles. For me to play well from the beginning to end helped me, and going into tomorrow we're all feeling good."

Do you have many friends and family here being from Kansas?
"Yes. I have some friends and family. It's nice in my senior year, the last tournament, close to home, and I just had to leave it all out there, so it's nice to get a win today."

Is there any explanation for the way you played today opposed to Pepperdine on Friday?
"I think so. Pepperdine wasn't one of my best matches. I took a different outlook today and was ready to play. There were no regrets today. I was going to go out and play my game no matter what, and I felt like I did that. It gave me confidence and going into tomorrow."

Mississippi Head Coach Billy Chadwick
On the match...
"Georgia played a very, very good match. They were tough in doubles, especially at No. 1 doubles. That is one of the best matches I've seen them play at one doubles, so they deserved to win that one. They were making their serves and making their returns, they were moving and that was the difference in the doubles. We've been very successful at one doubles and that was a position we felt like we could win."

"In singles they jumped on us early. There were a couple of key matches. We felt six was a key match that they won. The rest of them were just really what you would call epic battles, up and down. It goes down as 4-0, but it was a close, close match."


Defending national champion Georgia improved to 25-3 by defeating Ole Miss for the second time this season . . . the Bulldogs improved its all-time record against the Rebels to 31-8 . . . the Bulldogs will be making its 18th NCAA semifinals appearance since 1977 and third consecutive . . . the loss snapped a 12-match winning streak for Ole Miss . . . No. 2 player Nate Schnugg has now won 14 of his last 15 matches . . . UGA has won the doubles point in 15 of its last 16 NCAA Tournament matches going back to 2006 (the only loss was in the 2006 Championship match against Pepperdine).

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