King and Spir Advance in USTA/ITA National Indoor Doubles

Nov. 4, 2010

Flushing, N.Y. – The Georgia Tech doubles team of Kevin King and Juan Spir knocked off the 8th-ranked Kentucky tandem of Brad Cox and Eric Quigley, 9-8, Thursday in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y.

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King and Spir, ranked 43rd in the nation, outlasted the Wildcat duo 8-6 in a tiebreaker, earning a quarterfinal spot Friday against Duke’s Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha, the top seed and the nation’s No. 1 doubles team.

Meanwhile, Tech All-American Guillermo Gomez was not so fortunate, dropping a three-set match to 75th-ranked Kiryl Harbatsiuk of Sacramento State, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, in the first round of singles.

The event, which includes a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw, runs through Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center’s new Indoor Building. The field includes champions from the 24 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championships, the USTA/ITA National Small College champion, the eight quarterfinalists of the ITA/D’Novo Men’s All-American Championships and ITA/Riviera All-American Championships, and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA and USTA.

YELLOW JACKETS CONCLUDE FALL AT BULLDOG SCRAMBLE

The rest of the Georgia Tech team will be in Athens, Ga., this weekend to compete in the Bulldog Scramble, a three-day event beginning Friday that is the final fall tournament on the Yellow Jackets’ schedule.

In the round-robin format, the Yellow Jackets will face players from Georgia, Georgia State and North Carolina in singles and doubles sessions throughout the weekend. Head coach Kenny Thorne is sending seniors Eliot Potvin, Miguel Muguruza, Dean O’Brien and Ryan Smith, junior Dusan Miljevic and sophomore Magin Ortiga.

Among the group, Miljevic has enjoyed a very successful fall, reaching the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional and compiling a 12-4 singles record. He also has reached the quarterfinals of the SIC and advanced through the pre-qualifying draw at the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships.

Doubles play begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, followed by singles. Sessions Saturday and Sunday also begin at 10 a.m.

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