Nov. 4, 2017
THE FLATS – With only singles action on the docket Saturday, Georgia Tech men’s tennis used impressive performances to take eight wins overall in day two of the Georgia Tech Invitational at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
After a first-round bye in singles, Carlos Divar earned two, straight-set victories over Giles Hussey of Georgia State and Thomas Mayronne of South Carolina. Divar downed Hussey 6-2, 6-3, before defeating Mayronne 6-4, 7-5.
Michael Kay also earned two wins on the day, defeating teammate Elijah Melendez and Sebastian Acuna of Georgia State in two hard-fought battles. Kay needed three sets to take Melendez, eventually winning 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. And despite needing just two sets to take Acuna, both sets were decided by a thin margin (7-5, 7-6(8).
Melendez would advance after the loss to his fellow Yellow Jacket, moving on to the next round after an injury took Auburn’s Eddy Nguyen out of competition.
Phillip Gresk continued his strong fall with two wins on Saturday. He took down South Carolina’s Thomas Brown handily, 6-2, 6-2, before downing Georgia State’s seeded player, Quentin Coulaud, in a grind-them-out affair, 7-6(7), 7-5.
Going 1-1 overall on the day was Brandon Freestone. The freshman made quick work of his match against Virginia’s Jerome Romauldez, 6-0, 6-2, but suffered a 5-7, 7-6, 6-1 setback to Michael Durham of Auburn to close the second day of competition.
The three-day tournament concludes on Sunday, Nov. 5, beginning with doubles action at 9 a.m.
Divar, Carlos (GT) def. Hussey, Giles (Georgia State) 6-2; 6-3
Divar, Carlos (GT) def. Mayronne, Thomas (South Carolina) 6-4; 7-5
Kay, Michael (GT) def. Melendez, Elijah (GT) 5-7; 6-1; 6-4
Kay, Michael (GT) def. Acuna, Sebastian (Georgia State) 7-5; 7-6(8)
Melendez, Elijah (GT) def. Nguyen, Eddy (Auburn) Wd (inj)
Gresk, Philip (GT) def. Brown, Thomas (South Carolina) 6-2; 6-3
Gresk, Philip (GT) def. Coulaud, Quentin (Georgia State) 7-6(7); 7-5
Freestone, Brandon (GT) def. Romauldez, Jerome (Virginia) 6-0; 6-2
Durham, Michael (Auburn) def. Freestone, Brandon (GT) 5-7; 7-6; 6-1