Melendez/Yun Capture SIC Doubles Title

Sept. 13, 2015

Tournament draws and results

Athens, Ga. – Georgia Tech sophomores Elijah Melendez and Daniel Yun won three matches on Sunday and swept through to the Division II doubles championship at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga.

DOUBLES UPDATE — Melendez and Yun won a close match over Egor Panyushkin and Fons Verberne of Saint Leo, 8-7, in the quarterfinals of Division II Sunday, then defeated Juan Marino and Santiago Munoz of Arkansas, 8-4, in the semifinals. The Tech sophomores knocked off Marc Hofer and Loic Minery of Lander, 8-5, in the finals.

SINGLES UPDATE Christopher Eubanks, the third seed in Division I singles, advanced to the semifinals Sunday morning, defeating Virginia Tech’s Joao Monteiro, the seventh seed, 7-6, 6-3, but was stopped there by top-seeded Wayne Montgomery of Georgia, 7-6, 7-6.

Michael Kay and Melendez won consolation matches in different divisions in straight sets Sunday. Kay defeated Lipscomb’s Alejandro Manzanares, 6-2, 6-3, in Division I, while Melendez took a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Davidson’s Jordan Hart in Division II. Freshman Andrew Li defeated George Cartledge of Virginia Tech, 6-3, 6-0, in a miscellaneous match.

HEAD COACH Kenny Thorne ON THE WEEKEND — “Good news and bad. Bad was doubles fundamentals were lacking. Making returns and finishing volleys is something we will key on in coming weeks before our next tournament. Elijah and Daniel were able to work in to the tournament better in doubles and started playing better. Fortunately we get to start official practice this week. The good was we were more fundamentally sound in most all of our singles. Each guy made better decisions for longer periods of time in their matches. That is the fight we are looking for to carry us through an entire season. Cole (Fiegel) had a good tournament beating a guy he lost to last year and executing in some areas of his game that we have been keying on. Michael did the same. Andrew did a great job of playing better each day of the tournament. He hadn’t played any matches the past few months, so getting matches in was very important for him. We have our Georgia Tech Invitational in two weeks where guys will get 4 matches. We expect to be better in doubles by then as well more match ready.”

Congrats to Daniel Yun & @ElijahMelendez1 – Division II doubles champions at the Southern Intercollegiate! pic.twitter.com/QkPm8hEBiW

— GT Men’s Tennis (@GT_MTEN) September 13, 2015

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPSSept. 11-14, 2015Athens, Ga. | Host: University of Georgia

Sunday, Sept. 13

Division I Singles Quarterfinals [3] Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech) def. [7] Joao Monteiro (Virginia Tech), 7-6, 6-3

Division I Singles Semifinals [1] Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. [3] Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech) 7-6(2), 7-6(5)

Division I Singles Second Round Consolation Michael Kay (Georgia Tech) def. Alejandro Manzanares (Lipscomb), 6-2, 6-3

Division II Singles Second Round Consolation Elijah Melendez (Georgia Tech) def. Jordan Hart (Davidson), 6-3, 7-5

Division II Doubles Quarterfinals Elijah Melendez/Daniel Yun (Georgia Tech) def. Egor Panyushkin/Fons Verberne (Saint Leo), 8-7

Division II Doubles Semifinals Elijah Melendez/Daniel Yun (Georgia Tech) def. Juan Marino/Santiago Munoz (Arkansas), 8-4

Division II Doubles Final Elijah Melendez/Daniel Yun (Georgia Tech) def. Marc Hofer/Loic Minery (Lander), 8-5

Miscellaneous Match Andrew Li (Georgia Tech) def. George Cartledge (Virginia Tech), 6-3, 6-0

THE SIC FIELD – The 2015 tournament featured 174 participants from 28 schools: Arkansas, Armstrong State, Barry, Clemson, College of Charleston, Columbus State, Davidson, East Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Georgia College, Georgia Gwinnett, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Lander, Liberty, Lipscomb, Memphis, Mercer, Mississippi State, Saint Leo, Stetson, Tennessee Tech, Virginia Tech and Winthrop.

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