Oct. 14, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s tennis made a strong impression on the main draw in the second day of the ITA Southeast Regional Presented by Oracle on Saturday afternoon, advancing four players into second-round action.
Junior Phillip Gresk continued his strong weekend of play, earning his way into the main draw with a 6-3, 6-4 victory of Georgia Southern’s Murphy McCullough in the morning session. No worse for wear in the afternoon, Gresk downed Dane Dunlap of Miami 6-0, 6-2 to make it four-straight so far on the weekend and secure a spot in the Round of 32.
Carlos Divar kept his impressive fall season going by downing Pierre Luquet of South Florida in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. He improves to 5-1 on the fall. Michael Kay earned Tech its third main draw victory of the day by defeating Georgia State’s Sebastian Acuna, 7-5, 6-3, while Elijah Melendez came out strong for the Jackets with a 6-3, 6-3 win over North Florida’s Till Winning.
Chris Yun finished up singles action for Tech, falling in a hard-fought opening match to Florida State’s Lucas Poullain, 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5.
Main draw doubles action also began on Saturday as the first two rounds were played out under the lights of the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
No. 9 Divar and Kay were the highest-seeded Jacket duo and received a first-round bye to open up doubles. The tandem then moved onto the third round by downing Georgia Southern’s Joan Carlos Alcala/Stefano Aloy, 8-5.
Gresk and C. Yun fell in their doubles opener, dropping an 8-6 decision to Loic Blanco and Malik Bhatnagar of Stetson. Brandon Freestone and Melendez also dropped their first-round doubles match, falling 8-2 to Ruben Vannoppen and Nicolas Guillion of Mercer.
The regionals will continue on Sunday, Oct. 15 with doubles action beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by main singles play.