Georgia Tech Men's Tennis Drops 4-3 Decision to Virginia Tech

March 18, 2005

Despite three wins in the singles lineup, the Georgia Tech men’s tennis team fell to Virginia Tech Friday, 4-3. The Yellow Jackets fall to 7-5 on the season, 1-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play while the Hokies improve to 9-4 and 3-1 in ACC action.

The Yellow Jackets opened the match dropping the doubles point. The team of Scott Blackmon and Sukhwa Young fell at No. 3 doubles to Arvid Puranen and Albert Larregola, 8-1. Tech evened the score at 1-1 with a win at No. 1 from Marko Rajevac and David North over Stephane Rod and Alexy Sergeev, 8-4. In the finals doubles match, Jose Muguruza and Noah Tyler fell to Angel Diankov and Wilkins, 8-4 to give the Hokies the point.

Virginia Tech then pushed its lead to 3-0 when they earned singles wins at No. 2 and No. 1. At No. 2, Muguruza fell to Puranen in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3 and then at No. 1 singles North fell to Rod, 7-6, 6-2. The Jackets fought back to even the match as at No. 5 Jordan Delass defeated Sergeev, 6-4, 6-3, Rajevac held on at No. 3 singles to defeat Larregola, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, and at No. 4 singles Zachary Rath defeated Diankov, 7-5, 7-5. In the deciding match, George Gvelesiani fell to Adel Abbas in three sets, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 6 singles.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action Sunday at 12 p.m. when they face No. 2 Virginia in Charlottesville.

No. 69 Virginia Tech 4, No. 50 Georgia Tech 3

Singles 1. Stephane Rod (VT) def. David North (GT), 7-6, 6-2 2. Arvid Puranen (VT) def. No. 20 Jose Muguruza (GT), 6-0, 6-3 3. Marko Rajevac (GT) def. Albert Larregola (VT), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 4. Zachary Rath (GT) def. Angel Diankov (VT), 7-5, 7-5 5. Jordan Delass (GT) def. Alexy Sergeev (VT), 6-4, 6-3 6. Adel Abbas (VT) def. George Gvelesiani (GT), 2-6, 6-0, 6-4

Doubles 1. Rajevac/North (GT) def. Rod/Sergeev (VT), 8-4 2. Diankov/Wilkins (VT) def. Muguruza/Tyler (GT), 8-4 3. Puranen/Larregola (VT) def. Blackman/Young (GT), 8-1

Finishing Orders: Doubles: 3,1,2 Singles: 2,1,5,3,4,6* * Clinching point

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