April 15, 2010
ATLANTA – Looking to establish a high seed in next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, Georgia Tech’s 26th-ranked men’s tennis team hosts two big ACC matches this weekend at the Bill Moore Tennis Center, top-ranked Virginia on Saturday (1 p.m.) and No. 21 Virginia Tech Sunday (12 noon).
The two matches are part of a busy weekend for Tech athletics. Both matches are in progress at the same time as the Yellow Jackets’ baseball and softball games Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free to the tennis matches, and parking is available in the main parking lot of Alexander Memorial Coliseum and on Fowler Street. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the best parking options.
Tech, 15-5 overall and 6-3 in the ACC, is undefeated at home this year and begins the weekend tied for fourth place with the Hokies (13-5, 6-3), North Carolina (16-5, 6-3) and Florida State (13-6, 6-3). Virginia, which has won 55 consecutive ACC matches, is in first place with a 9-0 conference mark and is 30-1 overall. Duke (14-6, 8-1) holds second place alone.
“I hope we get some good support this weekend for two great matchups. Virginia is No. 1 in the country and Virginia Tech is No. 21,” said head coach . “We have five teams battling for the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament and we are one of them along with Virginia Tech. Virginia is undefeated in the ACC, and we are undefeated at home. Every win down this stretch helps our seeding in the ACC and NCAA Tournament. It all makes for an intense weekend and should be fun.”
Thorne’s team had reeled off eight straight victories before last weekend, when the Yellow Jackets lost 4-3 at Duke and 5-2 at North Carolina, and is looking to recapture momentum for the conference tournament.
Hoping to bounce back from a tough weekend last week are All-American , ranked 4th in the nation with a 24-6 overall singles mark, 11-4 in dual matches and 6-2 in conference play, and sophomore , who is ranked No. 62 with a 10-2 singles record in dual matches and 7-2 in ACC matches. Gomez, a junior from Alicante, Spain, split his two singles matches last weekend, while King, a sophomore from Peachtree City, Ga., dropped two after starting out the spring 10-0.
Tech also has gotten good performances this spring from junior of Hampden, Maine, who has played in every dual match and forged a 14-6 singles mark, 5-4 in conference play, and freshman of Cartagina, Colombia, who is 13-5 in dual singles matches and 6-3 in conference play.
Junior of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and freshman of Medellin, Colombia also have played well over the course of the spring. Muguruza is 9-5 in dual matches and 4-3 in conference play, while Spir is 8-7 in dual matches and 4-2 in conference.
The Yellow Jackets have put together a successful run in doubles of late as well, winning the point in five of the last seven matches. The No. 2 pairing of Potvin and is 7-0, while King and Spir are 7-3, all but one of those matches at No. 1.