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Georgia wins USTA Tennis on Campus Invitational at Palmetto Dunes

Doubles domination clinched the USTA Tennis on Campus Fall Invitational for Georgia as the Bulldogs defeated Boston College 24-15 on Sunday under cloudy skies on the final day of play at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center on Hilton Head Island.

The Bulldogs went 18-3 in the three doubles sets to offset 6-3 losses the men's and women's singles matches. By making the final, both teams received an automatic bid into the 2016 Tennis on Campus National Championships set for April 14-16 in Cary, N.C.

Georgia opened up a commanding 12-3 lead heading into singles as the women's doubles team of Sheridan Schuster and Stephanie Grodecki won their doubles match 6-1 and the men's team of Brian Brandt and Graham McNerney followed that with a 6-2 win over their Eagles opponents.

"Our new freshman were the difference, and our doubles play," captain McNerney said. "Every line did great. It feels amazing. It's awesome to win the Fall Invitational for the first time."

The Eagles took a 12-6 advantage in singles play as Alena Frye and Colin Crawford won 6-3 matches pulling Boston College within 18-15 heading into the final match, mixed doubles. McNerney and Marcinkowski pounded out a 6-0 win to put an exclamation point on the undefeated weekend.

"It was a tough match," Boston College's captain Jake Sheehan said. "Georgia is a good team. It was a really good weekend and something to be proud of. We have a lot of positives to take home and bring back to Boston. This shows that we can compete on the big stage and we look forward to the sectionals next weekend and then to nationals."

In the third-place match, UCF defeated Virginia Tech 30-18.

Gold Bracket

Final

Georgia 24, Boston College 15

Women's Doubles: Sheridan Schuster-Stephanie Grodecki (UGA) def. Erica Pascocello-Alexis Ditomassi (BC), 6-1

Men's Doubles: Brian Brandt-Graham McNerney (UGA) def. Michael Gauch-Jake Sheehan (BC), 6-2

Women's Singles: Alena Frye (BC) def. Annie Marcinkowski and sub Stephanie Grodecki (UGA), 6-3

Men's Singles: Colin Crawford (BC) def. Cole Adler and sub Brian Brandt (UGA), 6-3

Mixed Doubles: McNerney-Marcinkowski (UGA) def. Crawford-Pascocello (BC), 6-0

Sunday's Final Results

Gold Bracket

Final: Georgia 24, Boston College 15

Third place: Central Florida 30, Virginia Tech 18

Fifth place: Florida 26, Cornell 17

Seventh place: North Carolina 28, William and Mary 9

Ninth place: Georgia Tech 30, Auburn 21

11th place: Alabama and Ohio State (unplayed)

13th place: Northwestern 16, Pittsburgh 10

15th place: Pennsylvania 15, N.C. State 13

Silver Bracket

Champion: Washington-St. Louis 25, Duke 22

Third place: Kennesaw State 26, Ohio University 21

Fifth place: Vanderbilt 25, Connecticut 20

Seventh place: Kentucky 28, College of Charleston 17

Bronze Bracket

Champion: Louisiana State 24, Georgia College 23

Third place: Clemson 20, Cincinnati 18

Fifth place: Toledo 25, Tennessee 23

Seventh place: Ferris State 16, Wisconsin 15

Copper Bracket

Champion: Harvard 25, Colorado School of Mines 22

Third place: Furman 14, Johns Hopkins 12

Fifth place: Elon 25, Wake Forest 21

Seventh place: Mercer 26, Coastal Carolina 15

Fun Bracket

Champion: Villanova 22, James Madison 21

Third place: Tennessee-Chattanooga 25, Georgia Southern 11

Fifth place: New Hampshire 17, Dayton 13

Seventh place: Armstrong State 22, Old Dominion 17

Tennis on Campus Fall Invitational Past Champions

2015 -- Georgia

2014 -- Florida

2013 -- Florida

2012 -- Duke

2011 -- Virginia

2010 -- Alabama

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