March 17, 2005
With a 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference record, the No. 50 Georgia Tech (7-4, 1-1) men’s tennis team travels to the state of Virginia to take Virginia Tech and Virginia.
The Jackets begin their roadtrip with a match against the No. 69 Hokies (8-4, 2-1) Friday at 2 p.m. at the Burrows Burleson Tennis Center. A new member to the ACC, the Yellow Jackets and Hokies have met only once, with Georgia Tech winning 5-2 in 2003.
Livestats for the match will be available at www.hokiesports.com/menstennis/live/
“Virginia Tech is a very good program and is a great addition to our conference,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “They just beat a very good Miami team last week and can play with anyone in the country.”
Sunday the men’s team will face the Cavaliers (13-2, 1-0) who are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, at 12 p.m. The two teams have met 30 times, with Virginia holding the series edge, 19-11, including a 5-2 win in 2004.
“Our match against Virginia is a great opportunity,’ said Thorne. “They are playing very well, but we also know their team extremely well and know what each of their players are capable of on the courts.”
To date, the Jackets have been led by David North who has a team-best eight wins on the season in dual match play, including two wins at No. 1 singles. In addition, Muguruza is ranked No. 20 in singles action in the latest ITA rankings and has a 7-4 record in singles this spring. On the doubles side, the tandem of North and Marko Rajevac own a 8-3 record at No. 1 doubles.
“Our team is playing better and better each match,” said Thorne. “This is the start of a four match road trip for us so it’s going to be real important that we get off to a good start this weekend.”