Jan. 23, 2010
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team faces its sternest test of the year Sunday when the 43rd-ranked Yellow Jackets host No. 36 South Carolina at 1 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
Live scoring of all three matches will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com. The Gamecocks (1-0) are the first of three Southeastern Conference foes on the Tech schedule this spring. The Jackets visit No. 7 Georgia on Feb. 7 and host Auburn on Feb. 17.
“We had a rough match at South Carolina last year,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “They outplayed us there and deserved to win. We are looking forward to playing them again. They have a very good team with everyone returning except one player from last year’s team. It will be a very good early test for our team and we are excited to play.”
Tech is off to a 4-0 start, having defeated UAB, No. 72 USC-Upstate, Georgia Southern and Wofford, and has played without All-American Guillermo Gomez, who sprained an ankle in his match against UAB, for the last three matches. He is expected back on the court Sunday.
In his absence, head coach Kenny Thorne has used freshman Juan Spir (Medellin, Columbia) and junior Eliot Potvin (Hampden, Maine) at No. 1 singles, and the Yellow Jackets have won two of three matches there.
Potvin has won all four of his matches, one at No. 1, two at No. 2 and one at No. 4. Juniors Dean O’Brien (Benmore, South Africa) and Miguel Muguruza (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), also are undefeated thus far in the dual match season, while sophomore Dusan Miljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia), ranked No. 112 in the nation, is 2-2.
Spir has gone 1-3 thus far, and fellow freshman Magin Ortiga (Cartagina, Colombia) has played the last two matches against Georgia Southern and Wofford and won both.