ATHENS, Ga. (May 12) - The Florida A&M Rattlers fell to the No.12 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Championship at the Dan Magil Tennis Complex. The Bulldogs swept the Rattlers, who were coming off of their first conference title in 17 years.
The No.1 spot doubles team of Walner Espinoza and Carlos Agustin fought Robert Loeb and Jan Zelinski tough to an unfinished 5-4 match, with the Bulldogs leading, when the two points necessary to secure the victory were obtained by the No.2 duo of Emil Reinberg and Nathan Ponwith, who defeated Courage Okungbowa and Karlyn Small by a 6-1 margin. In the No.3 slot, Wayne Montgomery and Walker Duncan sealed the deal with a 6-3 win over FAMU's Luis Federico Nani and Jalen Evans.
The Rattlers did not go down without a fight to the highly-favored Bulldogs. In singles, Mushonga battled to a first game win over UGA's Montgomery, but the No.33 ranked player in the nation rebounded to win (6-1, 6-0). In the No.2 spot, Reinberg who is ranked No.59, won the first set 7-6(3), but the match went unfinished.
In the No.3 slot, Zelinski and Small were entangled in a highly-competitive match. Zelinski won the first set 6-2, but trailed Small 2-5 as the match went unfinished.
UGA's Duncan would gain a critical point for UGA with a (6-1, 6-4) win over Espinoza. Loeb would close out the match with a (6-2, 6-0) win over Nani to move to the second round. The No.6 slot match between Phillips and Skoromny (6-2, 5-0) went unfinished.