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Aita falls in NCAA Men's Singles Tennis Championship

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UNCW Press Release

ATHENS, Georgia – Georgia's Nathan Pasha defeated UNCW senior Rafael Aita in straight sets in a first-round match of the 2014 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The 50th-ranked Aita, making his second straight appearance in the 64-player field, closed out his storied career with the 6-3, 6-4 narrow loss.

Pasha, rated No. 30 by the ITA, was one of four Bulldogs competing in the singles and doubles draws. The junior improved to 10-9 in dual matches this spring, including nine ranked wins.

Aita became the first UNCW player to earn an invitation to the NCAA's elite event when he participated last spring in Urbana, Ill. The Lima, Peru, native fell to UCLA's Dennis Novikov, 7-6 (9), 6-2, in an opening round match at the University of Illinois.

The two-time CAA Player-of-the-Year closed out the season with a 14-6 singles record and 64 career singles victories, just one shy of the school record.

Georgia players, meanwhile, have won the NCAA singles title four times: Mikael Pernfors in 1984 and 1985 and Matias Boeker in 2001 and 2002. Pernfors beat teammate George Bezecny for the crown in 1985.

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