Tech Drops Matches on Day One of Seminole Invitational

Nov. 2, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – All three Georgia Tech tennis players dropped matches on day one of the Seminole Invitational on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla.

Freshman Guillermo Gomez defeated Maciek Sykut of Florida State, 6-4, 6-3, in the first round. Playing the tournaments’ top seed in the second round, Gomez led the whole way until terrible cramps got the best of him and forced him to retire. Gomez was leading 7-6, 5-4 but could not continue.

“It was very impressive to watch Guillermo battle through the pain today,” assistant coach Josh Hausman said. “The cramps began in the second set but Guillermo fought through them until he could not move anymore. He showed tremendous heart and desire on the court.”

Senior Jose Muguruza dropped his first round match to Christian Vitulli of Georgia. After a slow start, Muguruza could not regroup and dropped the match 6-0, 6-3. Senior Scott Blackmon also dropped his first round match. Playing Tyler Hochwalt of Florida, Blackmon fought hard but was unable to overcome Hochwalt, losing 7-5, 6-3.

Muguruza and Blackmon will begin competition in the `A’ Division consolation draw on Saturday. Muguruza will face Johnny Hamuii of Florida at noon, while Blackmon and Ivan Besancon of Mercer will face-off at 12:30 p.m.

Results will be available throughout the day at

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