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#32 Georgia Tech Men's Tennis Faces #53 Alabama Saturday

Feb. 16, 2006

Off to a 3-0 start this season, the No. 32 Georgia Tech men’s tennis team hosts Southeastern Conference foe Alabama (3-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets, who earlier in the week defeated Georgia State, face Alabama for the 18th time in school history and trail in the series between the two schools, 7-10. The last time the two teams met was during the 2003 season when the Crimson Tide won, 4-3.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve played Alabama,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “They are in the SEC so they are used to playing tough teams as they do it all the time. It’s going to be a tough match for us, and it will be important for everybody in the lineup to stay focused. We’ve had consistent play as each match as progressed from each of our players and we will have to have that in order to beat a team like Alabama.”

To date, the Yellow Jackets have been led by Marko Rajevac and George Gvelesiani, who each own a 3-0 record in singles play. On the doubles side, the Yellow Jackets feature David North and Rajevac, who are currently ranked No. 22 in the Fila Rankings, while the duo of Scott Blackmon and Zachary Rath have a perfect 3-0 record.

The match will begin with doubles play at 1 p.m. followed by six singles matches. Admission to the Bill Moore Tennis Center is free.

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