Botha Knocks off Six-Seed to Advance to NCAA Singles Round of 32

Jarryd Botha

May 22, 2013

URBANA, Ill. - Jarryd Botha came back from a close first-set loss to take down Southern California’s Emilio Gomez, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5, in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday. With the win, Botha advances to Thursday’s Round of 32, where he will take on Tulsa’s Japie De Klerk.

After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, 49th-ranked Botha came back strong in the second to take a commanding 6-3 win. In the third, Botha and Gomez each held in their first games, however neither would hold again until Gomez did so to go up 5-4. Botha went on to take the next three games and ended the match serving up an ace for the win.

For more information on the NCAA Championships, including live video and live scoring, click here.

Jarryd Botha (UA) def. Emilio Gomez (USC) 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5