March 20, 2015
Dedham, Mass. – Georgia Tech lost only one set Friday and got back on the winning track with ease in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 7-0 victory over Boston College.
With their fourth shutout of the spring, the Yellow Jackets improved to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play by winning on the road for the third time, and try to carry that momentum into a 12 noon start at 36th-ranked Notre Dame Sunday. The Eagles, who fell to 4-8 overall and 0-3 in the ACC, haven’t won a point in conference play.
“Our only focus is to learn from our mistakes and to compete fearlessly for the rest of the season,” said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. “We did that today and we will be tested more in that area on Sunday against Notre Dame. It was a good day today and our focus focus turns to Notre Dame.”
The only blemish for Tech Friday was a loss by its No. 3 doubles team. But it did not matter as the Jackets’ top tandem of Carlos Benito and Eduardo Segura (both of Madrid, Spain and ranked 66th nationally) won 8-2 over Philip Nelson and Conor Mullins at No. 1, and Christopher Eubanks (Atlanta, Ga.) and Michael Kay (Alpharetta, Ga.) eased past Kyle Childree and Hank Workman, 8-1, at No. 2. The Jackets won the doubles point for the 11th time in 13 matches this spring.
Tech met little resistance in singles as well, reeling off five consecutive wins in straight sets, beginning with Segura’s 6-0, 6-1 rout of Mullins at the fifth spot, Segura’s 24th singles victory this year to lead the team. Kay earned the clinching point for the Jackets with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kent Mukai on court 4.
BC won only one set all morning when Childree won the second stanza against Cole Fiegel (Alachua, Fla.) on court 3, but the Tech sophomore shook that off to win the third set and improve his spring record to 14-3. Benito, with his 6-2, 6-2 win over Workman at No. 2, improved to 14-2 in the spring season. Another freshman, Elijah Melendez (Suwanee, Ga.), earned his first ACC win with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Will Turner on court 6.
Georgia Tech 7, Boston College 0
Mar 20, 2015 at Dedham, Mass.
1. #66 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. Philip Nelson (BC) 6-3, 6-4
2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Hank Workman (BC) 6-2, 6-2
3. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Kyle Childree (BC) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
4. Michael Kay (GT) def. Kent Mukai (BC) 6-1, 6-4
5. Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Conor Mullins (BC) 6-0, 6-1
6. Elijah Melendez (GT) def. Will Turner (BC) 6-2, 6-1
1. #59 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Philip Nelson/Conor Mullins (BC) 8-2
2. Christopher Eubanks/Michael Kay (GT) def. Kyle Childree/Hank Workman (BC) 8-1
3. Jeffrey Melvin/Matt Wagner (BC) def. Casey Kay/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-6
Georgia Tech 10-4, 3-1
Boston College 4-8, 0-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,4,1,6,3)