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University of Georgia Team Captures ITA Regional Doubles Title

October 21, 2003 12:34 PM

Georgia's Bo Hodge and John Isner won their second doubles title of the season with a 9-7 victory against the 10th-seeded team from Alabama at the 2003 ITA Southeast Regional Championship at the Racquet Club in Memphis Monday morning.

With the win, Hodge, from Athens, GA and Isner, from Greensboro, NC, get automatic bid to the ITA National Indoor Championship being played this November in Ann Arbor, MI.

The Bulldog tandem matched the Alabama duo of Chris Gostek and Stephen Mitchell point-for-point, as both teams held serve for a 6-6 tie. Georgia then broke the Tide's serve to take a 7-6 lead and go on to win the 9-7 thriller for the title.

"What a great job by our guys. This team just keeps getting better," said Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz. "Bo is playing like a seasoned veteran and doing a great job guiding and mentoring to John. Isner has not lost his serve in doubles all fall.

"We did a great job taking care of our serve today," added Diaz. "The only time we were broken in this tournament was in our first-round match against Florida A&M."

Gostek and Mitchell had defeated the No. 5 seed team from Vanderbilt and the top-seeded team from Auburn in the semifinals before falling to the second-seeded Georgia pair in the finals.

This was the second doubles title for Hodge and Isner this fall after topping D.J. Spice and Brett Ross of Wake Forest to win the 2003 Southern Intercollegiate Championship in Athens.

The singles finalists and doubles winners from the ITA regional championships around the country will earn automatic bids to the ITA National Indoor Singles and Doubles Championships this November in Ann Arbor, MI.

"I am very proud of them," offered Diaz. "They are very worthy of a spot at the National Indoors. They are a threat against any team in the country."

The ITA National Indoor Championship begins Nov. 6 at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor. The field for the four-day event will be announced next week.

Georgia freshman Shadisha Robinson also earned a spot to the ITA National Indoor Championships with her runner-up performance in singles. Robinson lost to Florida's Jennifer Magley in the finals.

More information on UGA Men's and Women's Tennis.




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