Feb. 12, 2003
ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team will look to bounce back from a loss at 18th-ranked Alabama this weekend, when it hosts in-state rival Georgia on Friday at 3 p.m. and then squares off with ninth-ranked Texas on Sunday at noon. Both matches will be played at the Bill Moore Tennis Center on the Tech campus.
The Yellow Jackets (2-1) enter the weekend ranked 46th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, while Georgia (0-3) has struggled to open the year and is currently the nation’s 30th-ranked team. The Longhorns (3-0) dropped to ninth in the latest rankings despite posting a perfect record to open the season.
Tech’s match with the Bulldogs on Friday will mark the 82nd renewal of the rivalry between the two schools, with Georgia owning a 55-26 lead in the all-time series. The Jackets have been on the short end of the ledger of late, as Tech’s last win over the Bulldogs came during the 1988 season, current Yellow Jacket head coach Kenny Thorne’s junior season. That year, Tech claimed a 5-4 win in Athens. Tech will be facing Texas for the first time since 1991 and the third time in history, with the Longhorns leading the series by a 2-0 margin.
Junior Scott Schnugg and senior Roger Anderson will lead the Jackets against the Bulldogs and Longhorns, as the duo will likely make up the top of the Tech lineup. Schnugg enters the match with a perfect 3-0 record in dual-match play and a 14-7 overall singles record, while Anderson is 1-1 in the spring and 13-2 overall and ranked 21st in the latest singles rankings.
Tech will also boast a pair of top doubles teams in its lineup this weekend, as the Jackets’ tandem of Scott Schnugg and West Nott is 2-1 in dual-match play in 2003. The Yellow Jackets’ team of Anderson and junior Jason Pieters made their first dual-match appearance of the year against Alabama, picking up an 8-4 victory.
A recap of all of Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis matches can be found on www.ramblinwreck.com and will be posted following the conclusion of each day’s matches.