THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s Carlos Divar and Michael Kay will kick off the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships on Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets’ all-ACC selection Divar will compete in singles competition for his second-career NCAA Championships appearance, opening up play against No. 36 Ryan Peniston of Memphis before joining teammate Kay for doubles action.
Kay, in his third-career NCAA postseason appearance, joins Divar as the 20 th-ranked tandem in opening up against No. 31 South Carolina’s Yancy Dennis and Gabriel Friedrich on Thursday, May 24 in a rematch of the Feb. 18 showdown between the two teams where the Yellow Jackets emerged on top
Divar earns the at-large bid after finishing the season ranked No. 61 in the country. After battling a series of nagging midseason injuries that dropped his overall record to 16-17, the sophomore finished the season strong at the No. 1 spot, winning two-straight singles matches in crunch time to help Georgia Tech advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year.
The Vitoria, Spain, native started the year on fire, winning 12 of his first 15 matches, including victories over six nationally ranked opponents, to cement himself among the country’s best.
In doubles, the Yellow Jackets tandem of Divar and Kay made the cut after finishing the regular season ranked 20th in the nation. The duo fought to an 18-8 overall record, including a 14-5 mark in duals. Reaching as high as No. 7 in the country this season, the two toppled four nationally ranked foes, including the then-No. 3 doubles team at Texas.
The team went on two win streaks that equaled four or more matches and are currently riding a three-match hot streak entering the NCAA Tournament.