May 10, 2003
Auburn’s Rameez Jamaid defeated Roger Anderson in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to give the 23rd-ranked Tigers a 4-3 victory over Georgia Tech and eliminate the Yellow Jackets from the NCAA men’s tennis regional at Oxford, Miss.
Tech, making its fourth NCAA appearance in the last five years and seventh overall, finishes its season with a record of 12-10. The Tigers (16-9) advance to the second round to face the winner of Saturday’s match between the College of Charleston and host Mississippi.
With the match knotted at 3-all, Jamaid outlasted Anderson, 8-5, in the third-set tiebreaker to win, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).
“This is what collegiate tennis is all about, coming down to the last match and playing a tiebreaker in the third set,” said Tech head coach Kenny Thorne. “What more could you ask for. It was exciting tennis to watch. They just played some better tennis on the big points in the end. They are a good team. It was unfortunate that someone had to lose that match. Auburn is a solid team throughout their lineup, and (head coach) Eric (Shore) has done an outstanding job there.”